10 Millenial English Premier League Players to Watch
We're under a week away from the start of this year's Premier League season, and it's time to look at the young players who may catch your eye during the upcoming campaign.
Here's a rundown of 10 Premier League players to watch:
Raheem Sterling - Manchester City
Raheem Sterling is the new kid on the block with Manchester City, after signing the largest transfer fee in history for an English player in July.
Sterling previously spent his entire career only with Liverpool, and he will take on his old club on November 21.
Harry Kane - Tottenham
Tottenham has made some changes to its back four (Vlad Chiricheș out, Toby Alderweireld in), but it will likely still be up to the 22-year-old forward from Chingford to take the squad to a new plateau.
Kane is a dynamic scorer, and he will be out to prove his success last season was no fluke.
Eden Hazard - Chelsea
The Belgian midfielder was recently praised by manager Jose Mourinho for having a better season than many of the European greats last year, including Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho said in The Guardian:
"He’s getting stronger and stronger, not just in his body, but in his attitude. He’s getting physical, very strong. "He’s not the kind of guy who overreacts. In spite of the fact that Ronaldo was fantastic […] "I am just saying that, in my personal view, every football player in the world should understand that a team has to be in front."
Hazard (14 goals in 2014-15 and reigning Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year) signed a new five-and-a-half year contract in May, and he is a huge reason why Chelsea took home their fifth championship last season.
The 24-year-old has a wonderful right leg, and he is already one of the greatest players in the world.
Saido Berahino - West Bromwich Albion
Berahino grew up on Burundi, one of the world’s poorest nations, as a young footballer kicking about with a "makeshift ball made of plastic bags wrapped up in laces."
Today, still just 21, Berahino has quickly emerged as one of the most dangerous strikers in England and The Baggies' de facto club leader.
For whomever he's attacking, look for the rangy breakaway scorer to take another big step forward in 2015-16.
Christian Benteke - Liverpool
Benteke is a crafty open-field creator who will break your ankles and your heart.
The Kinshasa, Congo native and Belgium hero just ended a glorious run with Aston Villa, in which he scored 42 goals in three seasons.
Benteke will wear number nine this season for Liverpool, and he is already training with the preseason club.
Look for Benteke to join Roberto Firmino, Mario Balotelli and Danny Ings in a formidable frontline for The Reds.
Danny Ings - Liverpool
Ings has a relentless approach on the pitch that will land him in the right place at the right time more often than not. He has become kindred spirits with the back of the net.
Much like Christian Benteke, Ings will join Liverpool this season following a standout career with another Premier League club that has seen brighter days.
Ings helped lead Burnley out of relegation two years ago, and he capped the club with 11 goals scored last season.
Sadio Mané - Southampton
Sadio Mané did something very special last May. He scored three goals in two minutes and 56 seconds and set the record for fastest hat trick in Premier League history.
If that wasn’t reason enough to keep an eye on him coming into 2015-16, consider the 23-year-old Senegalese midfielder scored 10 goals in his first Premier League season, and 31 goals in 63 games for Bundesliga’s Salzburg before joining Saints last summer.
Already sporting one of the best names in pro sports (no relation to Gucci), don't be surprised to hear more from the Southampton star after the season gets started.
Romelu Lukaku - Everton
Everton spent a large part of last season hovering above the relegation zone.
Roberto Martinez was stellar in his debut season, but last year brought doubts as to whether or not he was the right man for the job. If the Toffees are going to return to prominence this year, the responsibility may sit squarely on the broad shoulders of Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku, 22, was Everton's top scorer last season with 20 goals in all competition, and he already seems to be in midseason form after scoring a hat-trick in his team’s third preseason match last Sunday.
John Stones - Everton
Chelsea surpassed all of their hopes and dreams last season. Jose Mourinho proved he’s the best club manager in the world, and their squad was ridiculous with 33 wins and three defeats all season.
There's nothing more they could want, right?
For good reason, Everton has yet to budge in parting ways with the 21-year-old defender from Yorkshire. Stones was one of five English nominees for the Golden Boy Award last year, with four senior caps already to his name.
Look out for John Stones' value to rise as Everton works to bounce back from a dismal season.
Jack Grealish - Aston Villa
Consider the last four league positions for the Lions: 17th, 15th, 15th and 16th. Everyone thought they would struggle, and they did.
Owner Randy Lerner (also owns the Cleveland Browns) has spent around £300 million on the team since his purchase in 2006, and the home fans are upset.
This will be Tim Sherwood's first full season as manager, and earlier this year, he shared a keen observation on the young phenom:
"Perhaps a year ago no-one wanted to know Jack Grealish, but now he realises people have taken an awful lot of notice. And he wanted that. If you’re a professional footballer you want to be noticed."