As a country that is mad about football, we tend to put a lot of pressure on younger players exceeding when it comes to international football. We have had some success stories if you think about a young Michael Owen or England’s top scorer Wayne Rooney. However we have also had a lot of players struggling to live up to the expectation of their potential; a certain Francis Jeffers springs to mind. I had a great discussion with my good friend Matthew Knouff about whom the next English superstar is going to be. I have listed some players below that can make an impact on the international scene as long as they live up to their potential.
At the tender age of twenty years old Tammy Abraham has broken into the England senior squad as of late and prior to that competed at international level for the U18s 19s and 21s. Abraham is a graduate of Chelsea’s academy and he been awaiting his opportunity to produce at the highest level. A striker, who gained a lot of attention for scoring 23 goals for Bristol City in the championship last year, has since been given his chance with Swansea who captured the young striker from Chelsea on loan this season. Abraham has impressed so far this season with being a shining light for a struggling Swansea and has scored 4 goals in 12 appearances. It will be interesting to see what happens when his loan comes to an end as it will be extremely hard for the young striker to break into a world class Chelsea starting eleven. It may be the case that he may go back out on loan or look to earn his keep elsewhere.
Another Chelsea academy graduate, Loftus-Cheek has a similar story to Tammy Abraham. He has been playing for England since his U16s days and like Abraham recently broken into the England senior squad. He is currently on loan at Crystal Palace and experiencing his first real taste of regular Premier League football. It is undeniable the talent he has but really needs to get his career kick started especially if you take into consideration other central midfielders looking to nail down the position, Dele Alli being younger than Loftus-Cheek is already leaps and bounds above him career wise.
Finally moving away from Chelsea to a club who really knows how to deal with their young and upcoming players, Harry Winks has had a whirlwind few months going from loitering between the bench and substitute appearances to becoming somewhat of a Spurs regular and even playing in Tottenham’s recent victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid. Another player who has a lot of experience with England’s youth levels, it was a matter of time before Winks broke into the senior squad. Especially when a lot of England’s star players also play for spurs the move up will be easy for Winks and I fully expect him to be a part of the world cup squad in Russia next year.
Coming off the back of a man of the match performance in England’s recent 0-0 draw with Brazil, Gomez will be looking to nail down a regular starting spot in England’s senior team. Yet another player who has been playing for England from U16’s Gomez has a lot of international experience and with a lot of competition for the starting right back slot will have to continue his impressive start to the season with club team Liverpool. Liverpool saw a lot of potential in Gomez and signed him from Charlton for 3.5 million back in June 2015, with the prices that are going around at the moment it looks like the move was somewhat a steal for the club.
With the doom and gloom we have had as England fans for as long as I can remember, it does look like we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. With huge amounts of success with our youth international levels, hopefully this is the time for that to reflect on the senior team. To be fair to Southgate he is starting to involve the younger talent we have available, rather that sticking to what we know. Is he the right man for the job? I still have my doubts but as long he keeps giving the younger guys chance the better it is going to be for any future manager.