Shrewsbury v Chelsea: Four potential Premier League stars to watch

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Ahead of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup tie, Jack Beresford picks out four Shrews players with the potential to make the step up to the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho will be taking nothing for granted when Chelsea travel to Greenhous Meadow to face a Shrewsbury Town team unbeaten on home soil since way back in April.

Once home to Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart, the Shrews have made a great start to League Two campaign and look likely to make an immediate return to the third-tier following last season’s relegation.

But, for a select few, that journey could well continue on up the leagues with several players possessing the talent to perhaps one day play in the Premier League.

Here are four names to watch out for:

Jayson Leutwiler

Capped by Switzerland at six levels of youth football, big things were expected of goalkeeper Leutwiler when he moved from Basel to Middlesbrough two years ago ,but despite impressing during his League Cup and domestic debuts, the 25-year-old failed to hold down a first-team place.

A move to Shrewsbury offered the chance to play regularly, albeit at a lower level, and Leutwiler grabbed it with both hands. He heads into this game having conceded just one goal in his last three games and despite signing a two-year deal could be set for bigger things.

Connor Goldson

A product of the Shrewsbury youth academy, the 6f 3in defender has been pivotal to the Shrews’ resurgence this term having benefitted from a brief loan spell at Cheltenham last season.

Deployed in the centre of a central defensive three, the 21-year-old has weighed in with some important goals for Shrewsbury this term, including the winner in a 2-1 comeback win over Portsmouth at the weekend that took his league tally to three in 15.

Cameron Gayle

A young, versatile defender who is capable of playing at either full-back or in a central defensive role, Gayle will be determined to plot a course to the Premier League, having previously been on the books at West Bromwich Albion as a youngster.

Blessed with a combative mix of skill and power, Gayle signed for the Shrews on a permanent basis this summer, following two separate loan spells at the club while still with the Baggies. A capable young player who has is out to prove a few people wrong this season.

James Collins

Once with Aston Villa as a youngster, the 23-year-old forward is in his second spell with Shrewsbury having departed the club for Swindon in 2011 after scoring 22 goals in 68 games.

A return of 15 goals in his debut campaign with the Robins was enough to convince Hibernian to sign the former Republic of Ireland under-21 but with the Edinburgh club slipping down into the Scottish Championship last term, Collins opted to return to Shrewsbury.

The striker has thrived since then with five goals in his first 14 games back and after netting the winner against Norwich City, will be keen to impress once again here.

 

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