One of the most exciting aspects of a new Premier League season is witnessing exciting new youngsters emerge to make an impact for their clubs. Last season, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford both came out of nowhere to become Premier League stars and secure a spot in England’s European Championship squad by the end of the season. With the 2016/17 season kicking off this weekend, who are the youngsters that can make a name for themselves this time around?
After an imperious display against Arsenal in the first game of last season, it looked as though West Ham’s then-16-year-old would go on to become one of the breakout stars of 2015/16, however, with the Hammers knocking on the door of the top four for much of the campaign the youngster was forced to wait before he could make his big break. A year older, the time could now be right for Oxford, and in Slaven Bilic he has a supportive manager who will be willing to give him an opportunity to shine.
Although he has been linked with moves to both Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, Oxford looks set to remain in East London and it is expected that he will build on the seven Premier League appearances he made last season, as the Hammers’ European commitments means they are likely to have a busy schedule for the first few months of the season.