Potential Breakout Football Players
Potential Breakout Football Players
Every year football agents and football intermediaires consider the new season and analyse a number of players who rise from relative obscurity to become central figures for their club during the season. Take Dele Alli, Riyad Mahrez or N’Golo Kante for example from the previous season. None of them were household names at the start of the season but all finished the season with their reputations hugely enhanced across the whole of the football world. So who could be this season’s breakout stars?
Alex Iwobi – Arsenal
With a lack of natural centre forwards at Arsenal, Jay-Jay Okocha’s nephew Alex Iwobi could be given the opportunity to shine this season at the Emirates. With pace and power in abundance the young Nigerian has the potential to be a game changer coming off the bench for the gunners and will probably be given the opportunity to start a fair amount of games. Iwobi already made eight starts last season, scoring twice so has proved he has what it takes to play in the Premier League.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Man City
Another young Nigerian striker to keep an eye on. Iheanacho arguably had his breakthrough last season, however his role should be an even greater one this season. After his impressive goal-scoring exploits, averaging a goal every 84 minutes, the league’s best, he has arguably overtaken Wilfried Bony in the clubs striking pecking order. Now becoming their second choice striker. Sergio Aguero is without doubt the number one striker but his inability to stay fit should see Iheanacho get significant playing time. A confident finisher and an intelligent mover, Iheanacho has the credentials to be a success in the league.
Nampalys Mendy – Leicester City
After the departure of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea there is a huge hole in the centre of the Foxes midfield. Mendy arrives from French side Nice and will be expected to fulfil Kante’s role from last season. Leicester reportedly tried to sign Mendy before they signed Kante so expectations will be high for the midfielder at the King Power. However, the Frenchman is a player Claudio Ranieri knows well from their time at Monaco and he will be confident that Mendy will be able to handle the pressure. A strong tackler yet elegant passer with good technique, Mendy has been described as a more complete player than Kante. Leicester fans will be hoping this is true and will be looking forward to watching him this coming season.
Jordan Ibe – Bournemouth
The young English winger flashed potential at Liverpool but never made a true impact on the first team at Anfield. However those flashes of potential were enough to persuade Eddie Howe to shell out £15 million for his signature. His pace and dribbling ability will strike fear into opposition full backs and if he can improve his end product he has the potential to go a long way in the game. Ibe could potentially play a big role in Bournemouth’s fight for survival this season; expect to see him on the pitch a lot this season.
Harrison Reed – Southampton
Southampton are famous for developing good young players and Reed could be the next off the production line. New manager Claude Puel has already stated his intention to give youngsters playing time this season and Reed will no doubt benefit from this. An England U-21 international, the talented central midfielder will be hoping to make an impact on the first team this season.
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