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Premier League 2023/24 potential breakout players

We take a look at which players could be set to take their game to the next level at each Premier League club ahead of the new season.

Last season saw Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma, Evan Ferguson and Julio Enciso burst onto the Premier League scene, whilst Arsenal's William Saliba and Manchester City's Julian Alvarez announced themselves as two of the most promising young players in their respective positions across Europe.

Looking further back in Premier League history, the top tier of English football can be acknowledged to have provided the platform for some of the sport's boggest stars to launch their careers over the past few decades - including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

We take a look at which players could be primed for a breakthrough season at each Premier League club ahead of the 2023/24 campaign getting underway...

Clubs:

Arsenal

Folarin Balogun

Fresh off the back of an outstanding loan campaign at Reims in Ligue 1, in which he notched an impressive 21 goals in 37 league appearances, 22-year-old Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is regarded as a player with a big future.

Declaring for the country of his birth United States at international level earlier this year despite making 13 appearances for England's Under 21s, Balogun will be hoping to challenge the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah for a first team place up front for Arsenal in the new campaign.

This level of competition for a starting berth appears stern, however, with reports suggesting the striker could be on the move again this summer with the Gunners' London rivals Chelsea and Crystal Palace credited with interest as well as clubs on the continent.
 

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Aston Villa

Cameron Archer

Enjoying a productive season out on loan at Middlesbrough last term as he fired 11 goals in 20 Championship appearances to help guide Michael Carrick's charges to the play-offs, there are growing calls amongst Aston Villa supporters to give 21-year-old striker Cameron Archer a shot in the first team.

Archer has also impressed on the international stage, having been part of the England Under 21s side which were crowned winners of the Euros this summer, scoring two goals during the tournament.

With Unai Emery's Villa forced to contend with a bloated fixture schedule in the new campaign following their qualification for the Europa Conference League, local boy Archer could just be provided with increased opportunities to provide backup for Ollie Watkins up front for the Villans this term.
 

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Bournemouth

Dango Ouattara

Arriving from Lorient in January for a reported £20m, 21-year-old winger Dango Ouattara had a promising start to life at Bournemouth in the second half of last season as the Cherries comfortably retained their Premier League status.

Capped 14 times by his country Burkina Faso, scoring six goals, Ouattara is a fast and direct winger who is extremely two-footed.

Most commonly utilised on the right flank, Ouattara is likely to be an important player for new Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola whose tactical system places great emphasis on maximising the output of wingers in attacking transitions having worked under Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic Bilbao during his playing career.
 

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Brentford

Kevin Schade

Becoming Brentford's record signing for a fee in the region of £22m this summer after arriving initially on loan from Freiburg in January, much will be expected of German forward Kevin Schade at the Gtech Community Stadium in the new season.

Capable of playing all across the front three but most commonly on the right wing, 21-year-old Schade boasts electric pace and impressive goalscoring instincts inside the box. 

Making his international debut for Germany against Peru earlier this year, Schade will be striving to enjoy a breakout season in the Premier League this term in order to land a place in his country's squad for their home Euros finals next summer.
 

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Brighton

Facundo Buonanotte

It seems as though top-class breakout stars are emerging at Brighton every season, and it's unlikely this will change in the new campaign given the young talent at manager Roberto De Zerbi's disposal.

Last term saw the likes of Kaoru Mitoma, Evan Ferguson and Julio Enciso make their name in the Premier League, whilst the performances of Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo have seen the former seal a move to Liverpool and the latter also strongly linked with a big money move to Chelsea.

The latest player on the conveyor belt to enjoy a breakthrough season at the Amex could just be Argentine attacking midfielder Facundo Buonanotte, who arrived at the club from Rosario Central in January.

Only 18 years of age, Buonanotte has already received a senior cap for the reigning World Cup winners, and has earned comparisons to the great Lionel Messi by his former manager at Rosario - a certain Carlos Tevez.
 

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Burnley

Anass Zaroury

A star of Burnley's stunning promotion campaign last term which saw the Clarets crowned Championship winners on 101 points, 22-year-old Moroccan winger Anass Zaroury will have his sights set on making a big impact on the Premier League stage.

Signed from Charleroi by Burnley's Belgian manager Vincent Kompany last summer, Zaroury is a fleet-footed left winger who enjoys cutting inside onto his preferred right foot. 

Last season saw Zaroury contribute with six goals and six assists in the Championship, a return he will be aiming to build upon in the top flight.

Capped four times by Morocco, Zaroury was a late call-up to his country's World Cup squad for the 2022 finals in Qatar, in which Walid Regragui's side enjoyed a stunning ride to the semi-finals.
 

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Chelsea

Carney Chukwuemeka

Signing for Chelsea from Aston Villa for a substantial fee in the region of £20m last summer, 19-year-old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka is regarded as one of England's most talented young players.

Part of the England Under 19s side who won the Euros last summer in Slovakia, notching a goal in the final against Israel, Chukwuemeka made 14 Premier League appearances in his maiden season at Stamford Bridge.

With Chelsea currently lacking in the midfield area following the departures of N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic this summer, the tall and rangy Chukwuemeka may be provided with a first team opportunity under new Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino.
 

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Crystal Palace

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi

Thriving whilst out on loan at Charlton in League One last term, contributing 15 goals and eight assists for the Addicks, winger Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is deemed one of Crystal Palace's finest young talents.

Originally coming through the youth ranks at Chelsea, Rak-Sakyi joined Crystal Palace in 2019 and made his first team debut for the Eagles as a substitute against the Blues in the Premier League in August 2021.

With Palace appearing likely to lose Wilfried Zaha upon the expiry of his contract this summer, and fellow creative talent Michael Olise set to miss the opening few months of the season through injury, Rak-Sakyi may just be afforded a chance to shine at Selhurst Park.
 

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Everton

Jarrad Branthwaite

21-year-old English centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite has returned to Goodison Park after impressing out on loan for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, with the Carlisle United youth product hoping to break into Sean Dyche's first team plans at Everton in the new season.

At 6ft 5in, Branthwaite is a physically imposing defender who is dominant aerially, and as a left-footed player can provide balance building out from the back in possession.

With the Toffees having moved on Yerry Mina and Conor Coady so far this summer, the promising Branthwaite could be set to challenge Michael Keane for a place alongside James Tarkowski in the Everton backline.
 

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Fulham

Jay Stansfield

A prolific goalscorer at youth level for the Cottagers, 20-year-old striker Jay Stansfield made three Premier League appearances for Fulham at the beginning of last season before being loaned out to League One side Exeter City.

Netting nine league goals for the Grecians last term, Stansfield will be aiming to impress Fulham boss Marco Silva in pre-season and earn a place in the first team set up ahead of the new campaign.

Whether he stays put at Fulham or is loaned out for another season, Jay Stansfield is certainly a name to look out for.
 

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Liverpool

Curtis Jones

Although Curtis Jones has been part of the first team set up at Liverpool for a number of years now and made over 60 Premier League appearances, the midfielder has up until now struggled to fully emerge as a valued member of the squad at his hometown club.

Finding it difficult to break into a Liverpool midfield which has been out of sorts in recent years, it started to appear increasingly likely that Jones would be forced to depart Anfield in order to progress his professional career.

The 22-year-old flourished when given a run in the side by Jurgen Klopp at the back end of last season, however, scoring three goals in the Reds' final six matches, before netting the winner in the final as England Under 21s claimed Euros glory this summer.

A popular figure at Anfield and a homegrown talent, 2023/24 could just be the season Jones finally finds himself as a first team Liverpool player as part of a new-look midfield following the signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
 

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Luton Town

Elijah Adebayo

An academy product of Fulham, 25-year-old striker Elijah Adebayo has had to work his way back up the English footballing pyramid after moving from the Cottagers to League Two side Walsall in 2019.

Notching 10 goals for Walsall in the first half of the 2020-21 season, Adebayo landed a move to Luton Town in February 2021, and has been a key part of the Hatters' remarkable success in the last two seasons which culminated in promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs at the end of last term.

At 6ft 4in tall, Adebayo is a useful target man who can bully opposition defenders with his physicality, but he is also tricky on the deck. Scoring 28 goals in two-and-a-half seasons for Luton in the Championship, Adebayo is likely to partner Carlton Morris in attack in the Premier League.

Adebayo's tenacity and unpredictability perhaps symbolise what this Luton side is all about, and if Rob Edwards' side are able to cause a stir in the top flight in the new campaign, expect the big English striker to be at the heart of their success.
 

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Manchester City

Cole Palmer

Making his Man City debut away at Burnley in the fourth round of the EFL Cup in 2020, 21-year-old winger Cole Palmer has been in and around Pep Guardiola’s first team squad ever since.

Although looking the part every time he has been granted the opportunity to play for the Citizens, such opportunities to play for the treble winners have been largely few and far between.

Part of the England Under 21s side who won the Euros this summer, scoring in a 3-0 win over Israel in the semi-finals, Palmer is set for a defining season in which he ought to either be granted increased gametime at the Etihad or gain experience out on loan.
 

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Manchester United

Alejandro Garnacho

Although it could be argued Alejandro Garnacho already enjoyed a breakout season for Manchester United last term, making 34 appearances in all competitions, there is a sense that there is a lot more to come from the 19-year-old Argentine.

Making his Manchester United debut in April last year, the arrival of Dutchman Erik ten Hag as the manager of the Red Devils saw Garnacho rapidly integrated into the first team squad at Old Trafford.

His finest moment in a red shirt so far arrived at Craven Cottage in November, with the direct winger bagging a stunning 93rd minute winner following a solo run reminiscent of an equally dramatic winning goal from United legend Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2007.
 

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Newcastle

Anthony Gordon

It seems somewhat of a stretch to declare a £40m signing as a potential breakout star, but 22-year-old Anthony Gordon still only has eight Premier League goals to his name and is yet to reach his full potential.

Named Player of the Tournament as England's Under 21s were crowned winners of the Euros this summer, scoring two goals during the tournament, the winger will return to Newcastle full of confidence ahead of pre-season

Arriving in Tyneside from Everton in January, Gordon struggled to nail down a starting place in the Newcastle side as the Magpies chased Champions League qualification.

Now that the Geordies have secured this goal and will compete in the Champions League group stages in the new season, the energetic Gordon may be afforded more gametime in the Premier League this term as Eddie Howe attempts to negotiate the increased fixture workload.
 

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Nottingham Forest

Danilo

Taking the leap from Palmeiras in his homeland to the Premier League with Nottingham Forest in a £16m deal in January, the 22-year-old cultured midfielder took to the English game like a duck to water as the Reds eventually comfortably secured Premier League survival under Steve Cooper.

Typically operating as a deep-lying playmaker, Danilo is also capable of making things happen in the final third, registering three goals and two assists in the Premier League in the second half of last season.

With six months under his belt at his new club to help acclimatise to a new country and league. Danilo could be set to take his game to the next level in the new Premier League campaign for Forest, and it would come as little surprise if some of the biggest clubs in the country quickly begin to take notice.
 

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Sheffield United

Rhian Brewster

It seems as though Rhian Brewster has been tipped as a potential breakthrough star for several years now, but for various reasons the 23-year-old's career is yet to truly catch fire.

One of the stars of England's Under 17s World Cup victory in 2017, scoring eight goals throughout the tournament to claim the Golden Boot, the Chelsea academy product was snapped up by Liverpool as one of the most promising English youngsters in the country at the time.

Struggling to break into the first team at Liverpool with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at the peak of their powers, Brewster eventually decided to progress his career elsewhere as he made the move to Sheffield United for £23.5m in 2020.

Although his injury-plagued time at the Blades has been on the most part a nightmare so far, scoring just four goals in 57 league appearances, there remains hope at Bramall Lane that Brewster can finally fulfil his potential should he remain injury free and build his confidence.
 

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Tottenham

Destiny Udogie

Signing from Udinese last summer before returning to the Serie A club on a season-long-loan, 20-year-old Destiny Udogie will be part of new Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou's squad for pre-season ahead of the new campaign.

Capped eight times by Italy's Under 21s and viewed as one of the country's top young talents, Udogie has featured predominantly as a left wing-back in his career so far and was likely earmarked for this particular role within previous manager Antonio Conte's preferred system.

The arrival of Australian Postecoglou, who favours a back four utilising inverted full-backs, casts doubt over Udogie's first team hopes in North London this season. 

However with Croatia international Ivan Perisic reportedly set for the exit door and Ryan Sessegnon having struggled to kickstart his Spurs career, it appears as though Udogie may currently be best placed to stake a claim for the left-back berth.
 

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West Ham

Divin Mubama

Part of the first West Ham side to win the FA Youth Cup since a team featuring Michael Carrick and Joe Cole achieved this feat way back in 1999, Divin Mubama was awarded the Mark Noble Award for Young Hammer of the Year at the end of last season.

The 18-year-old striker was able to make an impact at three levels over the course of the last campaign - Under 18s, Under 21s and the first team - scoring 30 goals in 40 appearances in total.

With Michail Antonio having been linked with a move away from the club in recent times and Gianluca Scamacca struggling to settle in at the London Stadium, not to mention the Irons' participation in the Europa League in the new season, Mubama could be afforded further first team opportunities.
 

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Wolves

Joao Gomes

Joining Wolves from Flamengo in a £15m deal in January, 22-year-old Brazilian central midfielder arrived at Molineux with a big reputation having won the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil at his previous club last year.

With Wolves having now lost midfield lynchpins Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, vital figures for the club over their past five years in the Premier League, Gomes will form a new-look midfield for Julen Lopetegui's men alongside the likes of Matheus Neves and Mario Lemina.

A defensively minded midfielder, Gomes is brilliant at reading the game and making interceptions off the ball, as well as dictating the tempo and building the play effectively whilst in possession.
 

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