Five of the best – English talent thrives in the nation’s second division.
Looking at the current batch of young English players in the Championship, the quality has never been so high. In previous generations, the better English players were plucked from lower leagues, and took to the top division – often the case now days, the top division look abroad before their own doorstep.
So, the this division is left to the brim of good English players, and good young English players. So, here is my view of 5 of the best young English players currently in the championship.
Sam Byram – His first and only full season in the championship with Leeds was enough to earn him every single POTY award trophy that the club give out at the end of the season, which is understandably an impressive feat, especially when you factor in he was 19 (just turned 20) I would say he is one of the most dynamic players I have seen at championship level in years, and was the only bright light in an otherwise forgettable season for Leeds. A player that has clearly been taught the game properly, he is a footballer, a defender and a match winner all from right back. The match-winner in him meant that Warnock tried him in different positions to optimise the time he gets on the ball, as he can make the difference.
Liam Moore – I have had the unfortunate pleasure of watching Liam Moore at his best this season, on both occasions he was essential in condemning my side to two defeats (one in the league, another in the cup) Undoubtedly the best young central defender in the division and I’m sure by the end of this current season he’ll be talked about with a lot of big clubs, despite his build he is very quick footed, both on and off the ball and can read the game like veteran. He has established himself in the current Leicester side despite having some very highly thought of, and highly experienced competition and that speaks volumes.
Will Hughes – Probably the highest profile young player currently in the division, and since I can claim to see 80% of the matches his played I can back up the current hype. Despite comparisons to Steven Gerrard which couldn’t be further off and is like saying black is white; he is a very technically gifted footballer. Still improving aspects of his game, and becoming more direct in his play. He has the quickest mind of any footballer I have seen at Derby, he can play anywhere in the centre of the park and is as effective playing as a deep-lying playmaker as he is playing in behind the strikers. The most cultured midfield in the league, and seemingly will only get better with age, and experience.
Tom Ince – The most proven out of all the players mentioned, and as his contract is up at the end of the season, he will no-doubt have a lot of suitors for his signature. Building on his reputation as a goal scoring midfielder player, very direct and abrasive playing style he will hurt teams with defenders that aren’t of outstanding quality. Despite his dad very delusional comments about him being worth £25 million! I would back him to crack the premier league and become an established top-flight player in the future.
Danny Ings – To some people Danny Ings might seem like a possible flash in the pan. He has an uninspiring record, this season apart and he has been unfortunate with injuries. but seeing him play at Bournemouth, and a few times at Burnley I was never in doubt he would come good, a very hard working player who never seemed to get any glory playing in the shadow of goal scoring marvel Charlie Austin. He has come into his own and took his chance well, an all-round player with very quick feet and a clear intelligence in and around the box. Deservedly called up to the under-21s and I think he will go on to be this year’s Championship top goalscorer!
Which one is the best? Who else should be on the list?
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