7 World Football Players Who Will Make It Big Next Season
The next big thing is always around the corner in World Football, just as with any sport.
Some players have been knocking on the door of their teams for some time but have had to play a lesser part to more experienced players. Other players will burst into the limelight suddenly.
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is an example of a younger player who wouldn't make it on this list, as he made it big this season. He has come closer and closer to a starting spot for Arsenal, and one has to expect that he will play a major part in the team's campaign next year.
The players on this list are burgeoning talents who aren't major members of their first team. Some of them may already be at big clubs but have not made the breakthrough, and others may step into a higher quality league.
Here are some players who could make it big next season.
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There has been a lot of attention on Brek Shea in recent months. He had a training period with Arsenal and debuted with the US National Team.
The MLS season recently restarted, and much will be expected of one of the US's most talented prospects. Shea has the physical tools to be a class player in his position—winger—and this season could see him make some major progress in his career.
Shea could follow the footsteps of other US players, like Clint Dempsey and Stuart Holden, and eventually make the move to the EPL.
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Philippe Coutinho signed for Inter Milan in 2008 but officially began to play for them in 2010. He didn't see much playing time during his first season at the club, and things were continuing along the same path this season.
He was loaned out to Espanyol in January and has already scored four goals in nine appearances for the Catalan side. Coutinho's first team experience in Spain will be a big help when—or if—he returns to Inter and will help him make a claim for a permanent spot in the starting lineup.
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Gerard Deulofeu is one of two "La Masia" products on this list. Isaac Cuenca and, more recently, Cristian Tello have been strutting their stuff at the Nou Camp. Deulofeu will be next in line.
He was a part of the Spanish team that won the U-19 European championships and showed his talent then. He is currently a part of the Barcelona B team and could certainly be in line to make some appearances for the senior side next season.
Deulofeu has the talent to do what both Cuenca and Tello are doing and make himself known to La Liga and Europe on a regular basis.
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Rafa Alcantara, Thiago Alcantara's younger brother, is the other La Masia product on this list. He and Gerard Deulofeu have a good chance of making it big next year.
Alcantara is currently plying his trade with the Barcelona B team but made his debut for the main squad earlier in the season.
With what his brother has done before him so far, much will be expected of Rafinha, but he has all the talent to live up to it.
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Ryo Miyaichi has been impressive while on loan at Bolton from Arsenal, and that bodes well for both his future and the future of the London club.
Jack Wilshere progressed rapidly at the club and played a prominent part in Arsenal's next season, and Miyaichi could be next.
Also, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been doing a good job this season, and Miyaichi could follow suit.
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Romelu Lukaku made the move to a big club that was expected when you consider his talent. His first season at Chelsea has not gone as planned, though.
Lukaku's playing time has been limited, and he could go on loan next season. That loan move could propel him back into the limelight and really fast-forward his career.
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Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United is doubtful right now, but he is very worthy of being on this list. If he stays at Manchester United, he is sure to have his chances to impress in the first team.
If Pogba leaves for Juventus, he may not have the same type of chances as he will get at United. Pogba has all the talent to make it big next year, and if he makes the right decision about his future, that could happen.
Players like Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley should be an example to Pogba of how confident Sir Alex Ferguson can be with his younger players.