Best prospect XI

Discussion in 'Reserve/Youth Forum' started by SparkedIntoLife, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Feb 8, 2019

    SparkedIntoLife Full Member

    May 15, 2013
    This is a bit of frivolous speculation but which of our players aged 21 or younger would you class as having the best potential? Clearly rates of development are variable and some of the top regarded youngsters can flop like Morrison and some of those who go under the radar can end up as regular first teamers. It's also harder to assess the much younger players like Shola Shoretire etc as not many of us have seen a lot of them. However, it'd be nice to get a sense of what the current perceptions are, especially among people who watch the reserves and academy frequently (which I'm not so am going on limited info). Any realistic formation welcome.

    4231 (some players moved to secondary positions to make it fit) -

    GK: Dean Henderson
    RB: Ethan Laird
    LB: Diogo Dalot
    CD: Axel Tuanzebe and Lee O'Connor
    CM: Jimmy Garner and Aliou Traore
    RW: Tahith Chong
    LW: Marcus Rashford
    AM: Angel Gomes
    ST: Mason Greenwood

    Is this fair or am I missing or overrating anyone? Do you currently believe all of these players have the potential to be regular first teamers (that aren't already, obviously)? Are there any players not currently first team regulars that you'd consider pretty much certain to become regulars?
  2. Feb 8, 2019

    Rasendori Full Member

    May 30, 2016
    The Promised Neverland
    RWB: Ethan Laird
    LWB: Brandon Williams
    CD: Axel Tuanzebe, Lee O'Connor, Teden Mengi
    CM: Gomes
    RAM: Greenwood
    LAM: Anthony Elanga
    AM: Angel Gomes
    ST: Rashford
  3. Feb 8, 2019

    Mickson Full Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Vidal's knee
    Dean Henderson
    Ethan Laird, Lukasz Bejger, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams
    James Garner, Aliou Traore, Angel Gomes
    Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford
  4. Feb 9, 2019

    KevinJoh Full Member

    Jul 28, 2016
    Laird, Tuanzebe, O'Connor, Williams
    Garner, Levitt, Traore
    Gomes, Greenwoon, Chong

    Rashford and Dalot out of projection as both are already first team players. Did not see much of Bejger and Mengi still, both look promising till now.
    Subs: Bejger, Mengi, Elanga, Traore, Puigmal
  5. Feb 11, 2019 at 09:50

    Class of 63 Full Member

    Aug 15, 2017
    Back of Beyond
    Aliou Traore is good, but he's not that good ;)
  6. Feb 11, 2019 at 09:52

    In Rainbows Full Member

    Apr 17, 2014
    Laird Tuanzebe O'Connor Williams
    Gomes Garner Levitt
    Chong Greenwood Rashford
  7. Feb 11, 2019 at 09:54

    sp_107 New Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    High hopes on Garner and Greenwood,

    Who else you think can make it as a regular first teamer in next 2/3 years ?

    Seems Chong and Gomes are fading away?
  8. Feb 11, 2019 at 17:20

    mattunited1978 New Member

    Jul 17, 2017
    GK. Henderson

    RB. Laird
    LB. Dalot

    CB. Tuenzebe
    CB. Mengi

    MF. Garner
    MF. Traore
    MF. Gomes

    FW. Chong
    FW. Rashford
    FW. Greenwood

    * O'conner is right there with the others anywhere across the back 4
    * Puigmal ( playing RB this season ) and Levitt very good midfielders
    * Really like the look of Elanga
  9. Feb 11, 2019 at 17:40

    MemphisThePie Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

    Jan 22, 2018
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  10. Feb 14, 2019 at 15:18

    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

    Apr 29, 2014
    GK: Henderson
    RB: Laird
    CB: Mengi
    CB: Tuanzebe
    LB: B.Williams
    CM: Levitt
    CM: Garner
    AM: Gomes
    RW: Chong
    ST: Greenwood
    LW: Rashford

    I'd say these are our best prospects per position, although I've shoehorned Rashford in at LW. Notable mentions to those who didn't make my cut; Traore, Elanga, Fosu-Mensah and O'Connor, I quite like the look of Charlie McCann as well although he's still a bit under the radar at the moment. Devine, Shoretire, H.Neville and Bejger are meant to be highly rated although I've not seen much of them yet. From what I've seen of them so far Levitt is the better prospect than Traore and likewise Laird with Dalot (I don't think his long term future is LB either, he's definitely a RB).

    I don't think anyone's a certainty for first team football, rarely anyone is. I'd say if they have the right attitude and keep churning out quality performances, realistically we could see at most 3/4 of them being consistently in and around the first team (starting 11 and bench), with 6/7 filling a squad role at some point before being moved on.

    Gomes has been our best player this season and Chong is still very good, just needs to improve his decision making and tempo to his game as well as the obvious bulking up.