The breakout Premier League star to watch at your club this season
Man United (James Wilson)
At the moment, Manchester United only have one established centre-forward: Wayne Rooney. It seems likely others will be signed to share the goalscoring burden, but Wilson will pray no one else arrives.
Wilson was thrust into the first team by Ryan Giggs during his brief spell as caretaker manager, and since then has played sporadically under Louis van Gaal. An astonishingly quick centre-forward who likes going in behind defences, there’s still much for Wilson to learn - the timing of his runs must improve, and Van Gaal will want to work on his link-up play. Still, Van Gaal loves putting his faith in youngsters, especially those he can mould to his own specifications. For that reason, Wilson seems in a very good position.
Newcastle (Adam Armstrong)
A diminutive forward with tremendous finishing ability, Armstrong has consistently appeared as a supersub for Newcastle, usually thrown on when Newcastle are chasing the game. As a result, Armstrong hasn’t had the happiest start to Premier League life - 14 of his 16 outings have ended in defeat.
That’s no reflection upon Armstrong’s ability, however. He’s banged in the goals for the England youth sides, and last season received some personal advice at St George’s Park from Wayne Rooney, who complimented the Geordie on the way he gets across the front of defenders and into dangerous positions.
Armstrong has joined Coventry on loan for the next six months, but with Newcastle’s other forwards all inconsistent, it would be nice to see Steve McClaren using his youngster from the start upon his return, too.
Norwich (Jacob Murphy)
Murphy has come through the ranks at Norwich alongside his twin brother Josh - former manager Chris Hughton once asked them to wear different coloured boots, so he could tell them apart - and it was the latter who often received more praise for England’s youth sides.
But Jacob appears to be in the better position to play games for Norwich this season. He’s part of the Canaries' 25-man training squad currently in Germany playing pre-season matches, whereas Josh has been left behind to train with the youth side, suggesting Alex Neil is currently keener on Jacob. Having impressed in a loan spell at Colchester last season, the quick forward will now hope for more first-team chances.