Teenage stars like Bukayo Saka made a big impression last season – who might break through in the coming campaign?

Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa)

“Probably the best 16-year-old in England” was how Chukwuemeke was described by Villa’s CEO, Christian Purslow, in March last year. The hype looks well justified now: the midfielder was named the academy’s player of the season after helping the under-18s to victory in the FA Youth Cup, piquing the interest of Bayern Munich and Juventus, before committing pen to paper for Villa. Confident, skilful and rangy, Chukwuemeke is the jewel in the crown of an academy filled with big prospects – and given what’s happened at Villa Park this summer, an exciting homegrown playmaker would be just what the doctor ordered.

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