As the year comes to a close that has seen many different, talented young English players come back into the limelight, we take a look at the next batch of hopefuls and see how they could possible impact 2014.
5): Jordon Ibe - Liverpool - Midfielder
Liverpool's real star in the crown is 18-year-old Jordon Ibe. The former Wycombe man is no stranger to first-team football and is truly an exciting prospect for Reds fans to really cherish. Often the key-man for the England under-19s, I don't believe that a England under-21 call-up is too far away and would be the next step in his progression. He has been rumoured to be available on loan, and I would be surprised if whoever signs him would be disappointed. A truly class act midfielder with true footballing brain.
4): Nick Powell - Manchester United - Midfielder/Striker
Manchester United are credited with lots of great talents, but none for me like their 4 million bargain buy from Crewe Alexandra. The attack minded midfielder optimises technique and style, and has already set Europe alight with his performances on-loan at Wigan, ub their Europa League campaign. David Moyes has apparently been toying with the idea of bringing his midfield man back from the DW and implementing him in mission 'save my job' as Manchester United look desperately to climb the table.
Lots have been made of Derby County's top young player, and comparison ranging from Iniesta to Gerrard have been made about the 18-year-old talent. He is definitely one of the most cultured players in England and the closest comparison I could make is to Paul Scholes. He has a quick mind, and plays very sharp decisive football and on his day can cut teams to shreds. He will be one of the main talking points come 2014, whether it be with Derby or someone else.
2): Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal - Midfielder
When young players are discussed, there is often one man over-looked and that is 'the Ox'. At just 20 years of age, it's easy to forget a player that has already proven himself a useful asset for Arsenal and the full England team. He has been out through injury this season, but will be one to watch early next year as he looks to try and grab a place on the England plane going to Brazil.
1): Ross Barkley - Everton - Midfielder
Possibly the most exciting English player in the Premier League at the minute, Ross Barkley has really shot onto the scene in the past 5 months and could look to make his full break-through year in 2014. Chasing a top 4 slot with Everton and looking to be integral in England's plans in Brazil, there is very little stopping the Liverpool born player taking his success worldwide. The abrasive midfielder is a constant threat to any team he plays against, quick feet, a quick mind and an eye for goal - he can truly become an England great.
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