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Pre-season performances ought to often be taken with a pinch of salt. 

Iago Aspas scored 4 instances in his first few weeks as a Liverpool participant, Yaya Sanogo seemed the enterprise at Arsenal whereas, at Manchester United, Andreas Pereira’s ‘pre-season Pirlo’ nickname advised it’s personal story.

Nonetheless, the sprightly performances of those baby-faced starlets means that we might be getting an intriguing into a really vivid future at Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. 

William Saliba – Arsenal

Higher late than by no means, proper? Three years after they snatched certainly one of Europe’s most promising younger central defenders from below Tottenham Hotspur’s nostril, £27 million Saliba is lastly ‘prepared’ to make his mark within the Premier League. At the very least, that’s what Mikel Arteta issues.

“I’m actually happy to see the way in which he’s taking part in,” Arteta mentioned following Arsenal’s 4-0 destruction of Chelsea in Florida. “The best way he has tailored to the group, the maturity that he’s proven at 21-years-old… 

“We are going to maintain growing him. He has an enormous potential. He’s already a high participant and we’ve got to make him even higher. He appears to be like able to me.” 

Saliba is the present holder of Ligue 1’s Younger Participant of the 12 months award, following a advantageous mortgage spell at Marseille final time period. May he declare England’s model of the identical award in 2023?

Albert Sambi Lokonga – Arsenal

One other Arsenal starlet who made his mark towards the Blues. Lokonga’s intelligent header in stoppage time lathered a thick layer of icing onto an already tasty cake. And his eye-catching shows in a extra attacking midfield position give Arteta loads of meals for thought. 

Lokonga’s ball-carrying means has all the time been his major power. However he’s including an actual leading edge to his sport now, offering two assists in three video games as a roving quantity eight. 

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Fabio Carvalho – Liverpool

Overshadowed maybe by the club-record arrival of Darwin Nunez, former Fulham teenager Carvalho goes about issues in the fitting manner as he appears to be like to show n that he’s extra than simply ‘one for the longer term’ at Anfield.  

Carvalho’s gliding motion and a capability to trigger havoc slicing in onto his left foot have already led to comparisons with a sure Philippe Coutinho. 

“He’s bought luggage of expertise,” former Liverpool ace Jason McAteer tells LFCTV. “We noticed that when he was at Fulham; A terrific prospect with a great deal of potential. 

“I’m undecided he’s fairly prepared but, however he appears to be like like Coutinho to me.” 

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Luke Plange – Crystal Palace

Wayne Rooney is aware of a proficient centre-forward when he sees one. And whereas Plange’s sudden emergence as a first-team participant at Derby County might have been borne out of necessity, the 19-year-old England U20 worldwide already seems to have outgrown the sterilised world of reserve group soccer. 

Plange scored a hat-trick in Crystal Palace’s 4-2 pre-season victory over Ipswich City; Three tidy finishes which counsel Jean-Philippe Mateta and co must be glancing nervously over their shoulders. 

A pure goalscorer if we’ve ever seen one.

Malcolm Ebiowei – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have already got one dizzying wideman who makes Manchester United supporters want they might flip again the clock. In Ebiowei, they might have a second. 

The fleet-footed 18-year-old turned down Previous Trafford earlier than following Plange from Derby to Selhurst Park this summer time (Fabrizio Romano). His dizzying footwork have already drawn comparisons with Wilfried Zaha. Ebiowei’s elegant stride, nonetheless, arguably makes him extra harking back to Eberechi Eze. 

In line with The Athletic, Patrick Vieira is already planning to incorporate Ebiowei – who almost scored a shocking solo purpose towards United through the Australian pre-season tour – in his first-team plans. 

Elliot Anderson – Newcastle United

Newcastle United are one of many richest soccer golf equipment on planet earth. However that has received’t cease supporters clamouring for a Whitley Bay-born teenager to be fast-tracked into Eddie Howe’s senior squad. It appears they are going to be in luck too. 

The lavishly proficient Anderson has picked up the place he left off throughout a talismanic mortgage spell at Bristol Rovers, with The Telegraph indicating that he’ll be donning black-and-white stripes subsequent time period. 

Newcastle’s academy has been criminally underused within the twenty first century. Anderson’s speedy rise, nonetheless, ought to give hope to an all-new era of Magpies.

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