Lots of contenders.
New boy Joe Gelhardt, fringe flyer Jamie Shackleton, silky dutch boy Pascal Struijk, left footed dynamo Leif Davis.
Personally i think fleet footed winger Ian Poveda is the most likely.
He must have worked so hard during lockdown to impress MB, we know how hard it is to force your way into MB's tight squad so that shows his desire to succeed and for him justifies leaving Manchester City. Furthermore he seems to get on well with his teammates, really taken to him it seems.
He presses and works hard which is vital in the system and vital if he wants to stay in MB's plans.
For me he is the most positive of our wingers, he is uber direct, his 1st though is to go forward and be progressive, in the Prem where space should be less limited thats a real asset to have.
Also he is a tricky kid, he has that Messi low centre of gravity and quick feet, able to wiggle out of tight spaces making pressing him very risky. Standing off him isnt sensible either because he is fast and confident running with the ball.
Finally, he has a decent footballing brain for one so young. You can tell he came from a place where top players were. He has clearly watched De Bruyne, David Silva, players who know when to pass and where.
So imo Ian Poveda has the best chance of forcing his way into our first 11.
What do others think? Who could be our next breakthrough star
Yes just a kid.. but as we must know if their good enough !
Kids that are willing to listen and have the desire to not be afraid to not only show themselves but have the proper appetite will usually succeed.
Depending on if we improve in certain areas, I'd say Casey or Cresswell as I see us being light there. Perhaps Kenneh too.
Shacks is a versatile player & has an eye for a goalGandalf wrote: ↑Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:03 pm As a lad local to me (born in Kippax and now domiciled in Garforth) Shacks would be my hope, and a nicer lad you couldn't wish to meet. We don't have a lot of pace in midfield, and he has it in abundance. Game time in the Prem could be difficult for him, and there is talk of him going on loan in the Championship, but I hope that we hang on to him. Joe Gelhardt is very, very highly thought of.
You have to remember the premier league is a big step up for those three players without any championship experience
One or all three could go out on loan
As for Shacks he's never cemented a place in the first team, he is definitely ready to step up imo!
I am reminded of what Cantona said. "The best moments of my career was when i made a pass that allowed a team mate to shine and have the glory"
If we have players that play for each other then we will do just fine in the premiership.
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Poveda can come on for Costa and Shacks for Klich. Meslier I hope will take over from Casilla who is a liabilty.
Gotts, Davis, MacAlmont, Stevens I reckon may be playing for Barnsley or Huddersfield, which wouldnt be a bad thing.
Although if we make four signings it might change the dynamic somewhat.
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Shackleton should be heavily involved next year
If we don't sign another striker, then Gelhart could have a big role to play off the bench