It seems like we’re seeing younger players make their professional debuts as years go by, up to the point where standout prospects barely see the pitch with the U-20 squads and go straight to the first team.
Some players make the adjustment easier than others, either because of their physique or because they need some time to be mentally ready to deal with the ups and downs of being a professional athlete.
Therefore, young players take time to develop, and their bosses and managers need to handle them with great caution to make the most of their talents.
Year after year, young stars take the world for assault and prove that they’re more than ready to play with the big boys despite their tender ages, and today, we’ll let you know about 5 future stars that will break out next season.
5. Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic is already coming off a breakout season with Borussia Dortmund, so nobody was surprised when Chelsea signed him mid-season last year to be Eden Hazard’s potential replacement.
Frank Lampard won’t hesitate to give the young guns as many minutes as they can handle, and the 20-year-old will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders during his first year at Stamford Bridge.
However, given Chelsea’s lack of depth at the winger spots, Pulisic is likely going to be a focal point of their offense. He’s great at finishing with both feet and creating for others, as he showed by scoring 7 goals and 6 assists last season.
4. Vinicius Jr
There were a lot of doubts about Vinicius Jr’s ability to make a positive impact for Real Madrid last season, but the 19-year-old proved his doubters wrong and only got better as the season went by.
Vinicius even outplayed Gareth Bale for a place on Santiago Solari’s starting XI, and he’s poised to continue his development under Zinedine Zidane’s tutelage with Marco Asensio set to miss the season with an ACL injury.
The Brazilian proved to be a great dribbler and a team-first player, but he needs to put a lot of work on his finishing skills. Still, he managed to score 7 goals to go along with 13 assists in 36 caps for Los Blancos last season.
3. Tammy Abraham
Most Premier League fans haven’t heard about Tammy Abraham, but there’s a good reason why Chelsea supporters are so excited with him being promoted to the first team ahead of next season.