Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Exciting EPL Prospects part 1.

With all the talk of who's going where, i thought it would be a good time to look a bit closer to home and find where the next Beckham, Gerrard and Cherno Samba are coming from.


Ryo Miyachi - The Japanese youngster joined Arsenal coming straight from high school. A tall winger with incredible speed, (he matched Theo Walcott in a sprint test) Miyachi spent the end of last season on loan at Feyenoord where he made 12 appearnances and scored 3 goals, and became a firm fans favourite and was given the nickname 'Ryodinho'.
Plays like: Thierry Henry before he became a striker.

Aston Villa:

Gary Gardner - Widely tipped to join the first team under Alex McCleish this season, the midfielder has had a bit of trouble with injuries already in his short career to date. However the Villa fan is an extremely talented ball player, who was linked with Real Madrid in the tabloids.
Plays like: Paul Scholes, good long and short range passing with an eye for goal.

Blackburn Rovers:

Grant Hanley - A graduate of the Rovers academy, Hanley will find himself getting a lot more game time following the departure of fellow centre-half Phil Jones to Man United. The strong Scot has also impressed national boss Craig Levein enough to hand the 18 year old 2 full international caps.

Plays like: Ryan Nelson, no nonsense defender who relishes aerial tusssles more than surging runs.

Bolton Wanderers:

Tom Eaves - The tall striker was signed by Owen Coyle after scoring a hat-trick against Bolton in a pre-season friendly last summer. The former Oldham youngster reached double figures for the reserves last season despite only playing 15 games for John Henry's reserves. Eaves seems to have all the components to make it; height, speed & finishing ability. Fortunate that Coyle's the 1st team manager and not Allardyce otherwise he'd be another Kevin Davies

Plays like: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a big man that is very comfortable with a ball at his feet and can score from range.


Josh McEachran - There's been a lot of hype around the 18 year old, most of it deserved. With the impending financial restrictions set in place by UEFA the academy graduate will become a key player for The Blues in the next 5 years. His career has seemed to mirror that of Jack Wilshere; a young left footed midfielder and i expect him to do play in a deep position just like the Arsenal man did last season.

Plays like: Liam Brady according to Ray Wilkins. And who am i to disagree with 'Butch'.


Jose Baxter - Baxter has been the "New Rooney" ever since he made his debut aged 16, in 2008. This is definately a make or break season for the Bootle boy, if he can get a prolonged run in the
first XI then he's in, but, if he can't force his way into David Moyes' plans a loan or transfer will be on the cards. Will be looking to build on his few substitute appearances and his Reserve Team Player of The Year Award.

Plays like: He reminds me of Jose Antonio Reyes, he's quick, a good dribbler and a good finisher. Lets just hope he doesn't suffer from homesickness.


Lauri Dalla Valle - The young Fin was part of the deal that took Paul Konchesky to Liverpool. God knows why Liverpool allowed him to go in exchange for a player who spent the season on loan at Forest. A natural goalscorer, Dalla Valle was Liverpool's best player in the FA Youth Cup final defeat to Arsenal 2 years ago. He did well in a short loan spell at Bournemouth for the final months of last season.

Plays like: A predator in the box, he can finish from any angle much like Ruud Van Nistelrooy.


Jonjo Shelvey - Completely bald already, the Attilo Lombardo lookalike has a big future ahead of him. Going from orchestrating Charlton's midfield while going through puberty, to playing in 15 games in his debut  season for 'The Reds' he has the potential to be an England player before the 2014 World Cup. However, standing in his way is Kenny Dalglish's sordid fantasy with central midfielders following the signing of Messrs Henderson and Adam.

Plays like: A fellow baldy, Zinedine Zidane. Both players share a presence on the ball that eminates confidence. This doesn't mean i think he'll be as good as Zizou, (long way to go) but their charactersitics are strikingly similar.

Manchester City:

Vladimir Weiss - The Slovak had an excellent loan spell at Rangers last season making 35 apps and scoring 5 goals. Also a regular for his country, Weiss will have a nations hopes on his shoulders for a good 10 years to come. His club game however may not be as pressured. Undoubtedly a fringe player at City, he will be lucky to make 5 starts in the Premiership this season. A move away seems the only viable option if the 21 year old wants to taste first team action this season.

Plays like: Ryan Giggs, a winger that likes to do everything at 100 mile per hour.

Manchester United:

Tom Cleverly - Spent last season on loan at Wigan which has given him vital Premier League experience, the midfielder has seen what this league's all about and was a big factor in The Latics staying up. Cleverly is an immensely talented midfielder and he will be around for a long time. If given a chance he could fill Utd's Central Midfield berth.

Plays like: Juan Carlos Valeron, a typical No.10 working just behind the striker.

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