By Chris Wright
In no particular order, Pies brings you a run-down of ten of the brightest young buttons on the Premier League’s tweed waistcoat (to coin a phrase) for you to keep your peepers fixated on next season…
1. James McCarthy, 20, Wigan
His classy, mature style has already made him a first-team regular and a crowd favourite at the DW. Carefully nurtured to the fore by Roberto Martinez and perfectly adept in the big leagues (as his fine performances for the Latics throughout 2010/11 duly attest to), we reckon it won’t be long before he winds up at one of the Premier League’s big boys.
2. Jonjo Shelvey, 19, Liverpool
We’ve overheard the hard-boiled egg lookalike compared to Zinedine Zidane, which is a little hard to digest – though the follically-challenged urchin (one of the few similarities with Zizou) does possess a lung-busting work rate, an eye for the spectacular and wee smidge of good ol’ fashioned physical presence – a little like one Steven George Gerrard you might say.
3. Josh McEachran, 18, Chelsea
Hyped to the hilt, but not without reason. The spindly midfielder’s official tagline seems to be ‘like Lampard, but without the Danish pastries’. Was allowed a few brief dalliances with the first-string by Carlo Ancelotti at the Bridge last season and we fully expect the cautious blooding to continue under AVB.
4. Tom Cleverley, 21, Man Utd
Nimble, pacy, skillful and somewhere approaching the Adam Johnson/’excited puppy on polished lino’ mould of young, English wingers.
May struggle to break into a side with an abundance of widemen, though we have it on good authority that United are expecting big things of Cleverley in 2011/12 after watching him garner valuable Premier League experience while on loan at Wigan last time out.
We’re also told that, if reserve-teamer Ravel Morrison (18) can steer clear of the English judiciary system for long enough, his may be a name worth remembering too.
5. Ryo Miyaichi, 18, Arsenal
Miyachi spent the last six months of last season on loan in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord, where he bagged three goals in twelve appearance and found himself bestowed with the nickname ‘Ryodinho’ by the