With the new season approaching and pre season well under way, it’s time to see if some of the best young talent around the continent will be able to prove themselves as first team players or to spend their time on the bench.
Easily one of the most exciting talents around, Rashford will now be in his third season at united, and with his first team opportunities becoming more apparent. It is important for him to make sure that he is still in Mourinho’s plans. He is facing new competition this season, with Lukaku signing for a huge amount of money and Anthony Martial hoping to regain his place in the first team. Last season we saw another side of Rashford we didn’t see in his first season. He was played throughout the front 3, to accommodate Zlatan while still giving him minutes. We saw more trickery from the young forward and a belting cross from the right side. He began to be relied on by Mourinho after Zlatan’s horrific injury, with both Chelsea games showing him being tactically adept. Even with Lukaku at he club he still offers something different, and if he can sort out his finishing issues, he’ll turn into England’s main man.
Mentioned here in a less positive light. Sanches was signed purely with the intent of ensuring no one else bought him. But he was still an exciting prospect for Bayern. However his first season at the Allianz didn’t go to plan. Sanches mainly made appearances off the bench, and only starting six games. His lack of appearances could easily be excused for the better quality in the team, with Thiago, Vidal, Alonso and Kimmich were constant names on the sheet. They all show more quality and Kimmich shows more experience and maturity in his play. Sanches has to improve, if he ever wants to remain at the top level.
Iheanacho bursted onto the season around the same time as Rashford. Both were obviously compared as they played for rival teams. But their paths couldn’t of differed more. While Rashford has established himself as a starter at united, playing the most games out of anyone in the team. Iheanacho on the other hand was given very limited minutes, with Aguero and Jesus chosen over him. To fix his lack of game time, he decided to drop down to Leicester for £25m. This is a perfect move for the Nigerian. Leicester are a team that play with pace and aggression and Iheanacho fits that bill. Leicester lacked youth in the team, but with Maguire, Gray, Chilwell and fellow Nigerian Ndidi, it’ll give Leicester a solid blend of youth and experience, and Iheanacho will be leading the line.
A player that’s remained a prospect for so long. Tielemans left Anderlecht to join champions Monaco. He left as club captain after making 139 appearances, and he’s only 20. He’s by far the most experienced player mentioned. He is player still with so much potential but has as much experience as a 25 year old. He was bought with the full understanding that Bakayoko would be sold. He ensures that the balanced midfield of a defensive midfielder and box to box midfielder is kept with Fabinho and Bakayoko respectively. Tielemans transfer is by far the most insane transfer this window. A player with such experience and potential for only £20m? It’s proof that bargains still exist in the market. It’ll just be interesting to see if the young Belgian can fill the same role as Bakayoko as effectively. He should of nothing to worry about. If you should watch Tielemans, it’ll be out of pleasure, not curiousity.