Top 4 Promising Premier League Prospects Who Will Burst onto the Scene
The Premier League kicks off again in 25 days, and manager's are all vying to sign big names on big wages from big clubs.
Unless you are called Arsene Wenger, it seems.
There are plenty of big names making their way across the sea to play in the EPL this year, from Fernandinho, to Jesus Navas, to Steven Jovetic. And that's just for Manchester City.
And while not every player will make it on the Premier League stage, there are some players who have transferred in, and some who are trying to bust out of the youth system and onto the EPL scene.
Here are four promising prospects most likely to do just that.
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Having signed to Manchester United in January 2013, Wilfried Zaha officially became a Red Devil at the end of last season.
As he already made his mark in preseason, the suggestion that the winger was to be sent out on loan is already starting to wane. David Moyes told Sky Sports:
We have brought him here to give him a chance. It is the first time I have worked with him and had a chance to see him up close. He will certainly be part of the squad and we will see where we can fit him in as often as we can.
With eight goals and 10 assists in the Championship last season, he was a key player in Crystal Palace's promotion, and he'll be looking to help his new club lift the Premier League trophy this season.
As for how much time he'll actually get on the pitch, well, only time will tell. But having already shone in his first match under David Moyes, Zaha is certainly going to impress once that time comes (via Fox News).
And if you haven't seen much of the lad, this video will show just how talented he is, and could become.
Another Crystal Palace product, but this one has stayed at the South London club. Jonathan Williams is a Welsh playmaker and has been dubbed "Joniesta" thanks to his similarity to Andreas Iniesta (or so say the Palace fans anyway).
At just 19, he's already made two full international appearances for Wales, and picked up the CPFC Young Player of the Year award for the 2012-13 season.
A fan favorite, he has shown great skill and determination, as you can see for yourselves here, and may well be the surprise package of 2013-14.
Although I guess it won't be that much of a surprise, now that I've written this.
As reported by Sid Lowe in The Guardian, Everton have "signed one of Spain's most exciting young talents, securing Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu on loan," and Roberto Martínez said:
Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton.
The 19 year old scored 18 goals last season for Barcelona B. He can play as a wide or attacking midfielder and his talent is undeniable. He also appreciates the chances he's been given, telling Sky Sports:
Obviously training at Barcelona is a fantastic experience. You train alongside players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, who are clearly some of the best players in the world. To learn from them is a very nice experience.
He'll probably be saying the same about Ross Barkley and Steven Naismith in a year.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
I never thought I'd say that I had a lot in common with Chris Hughton, but I always buy Ricky Van Wolfswinkel on FIFA, and now he's done the same.
Albeit in real life.
The Dutch striker may be 24, and have a good few seasons under his belt so is technically not as young or unknown as the others on this list. But he is still much of an enigma for those who do not follow the Eredivisie or Primeira Liga.
He scored 18 goals last season for Sporting Lisbon, and 20 the year before that, and was nicknamed "Hat-Rick" in his earlier days in the Dutch League thanks to the number of hat-tricks he scored.
Sounds like Van Wolfswinkel could be a step up from Grant Holt. And 10lbs lighter to boot.
Honourable Mention: Arsenal Youth Team
Well, they haven't bought anyone have they. Looks like Arsene is trying to win with kids again.