YOUR Premier League club's next academy star to make their first-team breakthrough
Arsenal: Reiss Nelson (winger)
Nelson is now established in the England U18 picture, while he also regularly features for the Gunners' U23s in Premier League 2
Nelson appears to be one of those special players who can change the course of a game in an instant. Widely praised for his dribbling skills and defensive work-rate, the London-born right winger has been at Arsenal since 2008 and is just as effective when playing centrally because of of his quality end product.
The 17-year-old played a huge part at the 2016 European U17 Championship in Azerbaijan, helping England reach the quarter-finals with three goals, which was enough for him to finish third in the overall scoring charts.
Nelson is now established in the England U18s picture, while he also regularly features for the Gunners' U23s in Premier League 2. With fellow hot prospects Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Chris Willock having already appeared for the Arsenal first team, it seems certain that Nelson will get his chance soon.
Bournemouth: Sam Surridge (striker)
Bournemouth development coach Stephen Purches stated in the summer that Surridge “deserves the chance to take the next step"
Surridge has been at the south coast club since the age of 14 and recently signed a contract extension until 2018 after impressing on loan at Poole Town in the first half of 2016/2017. The 18-year-old striker netted eight goals in 16 games for the National League South outfit, and is now being linked with loan moves to clubs higher up the English football hierarchy, with League One Gillingham reported suitors.
Bournemouth development coach Stephen Purches stated in the summer that Surridge “deserves the chance to take the next step” after successful stints with both the U18s and U21s. Other figures around the club agree that it won’t be too long before the forward features for the first team.
Burnley: Tristan Jumeau (winger)
Born in Canada to a French father and Canadian mother, Jumeau is reportedly being considered for a place in the England youth ranks
Burnley’s academy set-up may be modest in scale, but one talent who has excelled is Jumeau. The winger’s key traits are his speed, willingness to take on defenders and sheer range of goal-scoring methods.
Born in Canada to a French father and Canadian mother, Jumeau is reportedly being considered for a place in the England youth ranks because of the time he’s spent in Lancashire.
There’s nothing wrong with Jumeau’s engine: during the 2015/2016 campaign, the teenager held the Burnley youth record for distance covered, even matching the number achieved by first-teamer George Boyd. It seems almost certain that he has Sean Dyche’s attention ahead of next season.
Chelsea: Charly Musonda (attacking midfielder)
There’s a strong chance that the Belgian U21 international will become that rare creature: a Chelsea youngster who actually gets a shot in the first team
Musonda is one of the more well-known footballers on this list – not just due to the fact he’s at a big club, but because of the first-team experience he’s been getting at Real Betis. Born in Brussels, the 20-year-old began his career in the youth academy at Anderlecht, where he remained for 10 years before joining Chelsea in 2012. He was already an U18s regular at 15 years old and was an indispensable member of the U21s by the age of 18.
Talk about the midfielder grew after scintillating displays in 2014/2015, as Chelsea achieved UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup success. He then got his senior break in January 2016, when he made the move to La Liga; Musonda won the man-of-the-match award on his Betis debut and made 23 further appearances, until Blues boss Antonio Conte recalled him in December last year.
There’s a strong chance that the Belgian U21 international will become that rare creature: a Chelsea youngster who actually gets a shot in the first team.