There is a huge drive in the EPL at present, to ensure that the league’s leading clubs develop more home grown talent. With the ratio of English players in the Premier League estimated at 34%, there is growing concern that the future of the national team could be bleak if there is a failure to develop young British players.
It is unfair to paint too bleak a scene, however, especially as there are a number of talented stars currently plying their trade in the Premier League and striving for international honours. Whilst it’s not sensible to place a bet on a Premier League side for it’s young English talent alone, Bethut’s football predictions will give you a good idea of what impact these young lads will have over the coming years.
So, which three home grown players offer the most promise for a bright and successful future?
Jordan Ibe (Liverpool)
With Liverpool’s prodigious forward Raheem Sterling currently stalling over a new contract offer, youngster Jordan Ibe may offer a glimmer of salvation at the end of a potentially long and arduous parting of the ways. Having developed physically and mentally during a loan spell at Derby, forward Ibe has shown tremendous speed and skill while also showcasing a surprising amount of positional awareness and flexibility for a player so young. If you fancy Ibe scoring in any games for Liverpool this season you may want to take advantage of this Ladbrokes £50 matched free bet. In any case, he is definitely one for the future.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
While Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has suffered from a disappointing second season with the Toffees, his raw talent, powerful running and impeccable technique evoke memories of a young Paul Gascoigne. His performance from the bench for England against Italy last week certainly showcased his potential, with a series of driving runs and mazy dribbles creating countless opportunities to attack. With a little more experience and football intelligence, Barkley can go on to become the best English player of his generation. If you don’t believe us, check out his goal against Manchester City last season.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
If you have not heard of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, this may well change in the next year or so. A 19 year-old midfielder with pace, power and a deceptive range of passing, Loftus-Cheek has already been a regular on the Chelsea bench this season and made his senior debut in December. Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho has already claimed that he would have been a regular this year if Chelsea had not been in the hunt for silverware, and he is likely to become a more prominent first-team presence next term.