Who is going to be your club's next star? Phil Jones is latest young gun...

23 March 2010 02:57
Sam Allardyce was bursting with pride after his side held title-chasers Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park - and he singled out debutant Phil Jones for extra praise.

He said 'He will be very proud of himself in the morning. He could be the next John Terry.'

A bold statement from Allardyce, but he certainly sees the 18-year-old centre-back as the next big thing for Rovers.

But who's going to be the next star to shine at your club? Sportsmail takes a look round the Premier League to find the stars of tomorrow.

Impressive: Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was raving about his defender Phil Jones after his debut against Chelsea on Sunday

1 Arsenal - Benik Afobe (17)The England youth internationalstriker has been in prolific for the Gunners in the past couple ofseasons - he bagged 11 in 13 appearances last term and is on his way tobreaking the 20 mark this season.

2 Aston Villa - Arsenio Halfhuid (18)TheDutch striker is already drawing comparisons with John Carew and MartinO'Neill was very pleased with Halfhuid after his hat-trick in the winover Millwall in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season.

3 Birmingham - Jack Butland (17)Butland, who only turned 17recently, has just penned a contract with the Blues until the summer of2012. An agile stopper who is also developing a decent record of savingpenalties.

4 Blackburn - Phil Jones (18)The next JohnTerry, according to Sam Allardyce, and who are we to argue? He lookedvery comfortable playing against the likes of Didier Drogba and NicolasAnelka on Sunday.

5 Bolton - Danny Ward (18)The club secured the services of Ward from Leeds when he was 16. He made his senior debut earlier this year and has impressed with five goals during his loan spell at Swindon.

Hot prospects: Chelsea's Jeffrey Bruma and Everton starlet Jake Bidwell

6 Burnley - Kevin Long (19)Burnley paid Cork City asix-figure fee for the 19-year-old defender, who joined the Clarets inJanuary. His favoured position is centre-half but he can also fill inat full-back.

7 Chelsea - Jeffrey Bruma (18)He turnedpro last summer and became a Dutch Under 21 in September last year atthe age of just 17. Regularly trains with the senior side, he made hisfull debut as substitute against Blackburn in October.

8 Everton - Jake Bidwell (16)The left-back signed scholarship forms last summer of 2009 and was handed a first team debut in the Europa League clash with BATE Borisov aged just 16 years and 271 days.

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9 Fulham - Danny Hoesen (18)The Dutch striker was a regularon the scoresheet for Gary Brazil's Under 18 side last season andimpressed enough to earn his first professional contract.

10 Hull City - Mark Cullen (17)Cityhave struggled in front of goal this season but in a couple of yearsthey could have this prolific marksman in their senior side - Cullenhas scored 32 goals for the reserves this term and made his debut assub in the FA Cup defeat to Wigan.

11 Liverpool - Raheem Sterling (15)Liverpoolbeat Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Fulham to signQueens Park Rangers' wonderkid in February. And he has been in fine formsince arriving on Merseyside, scoring in the clash with Everton earlierthis month.

12 Manchester City - Nils Zander (17)The Germany youth international left-back was signed from Schalke last summer. He has featured in half a dozen matches at Under 18 level this season and was offered a pro contract on his 17th birthday.

13 Manchester United - Joshua King (18)Manchester United's 18-year-old Norwegian striker showed Sir Alex his pace in the Carling Cup win over Wolves last September. However, his opportunities have been limited since.

Young guns: Manchester United's Joshua King and Portsmouth starlet Gael Nlundulu

14 Portsmouth - Gael Nlundulu (17)Pompey's French striker has been in good form in front of goal this season but the future for the second year scholar is uncertain as long as the financial problems continue at Fratton Park.

15 Stoke - Louis Moult (17)Moult, an academy graduate, who recently made his league debut in the draw with Burnley, has signed a two-year professional contract as reward for the progress he has made in the reserves.

16 Sunderland - Ryan Noble (17)The Black Cats striker made his debut for the senior side in this season's FA Cup clash with Barrow. He has also featured for the international side at Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

17 Tottenham - John Bostock (18)Still waiting to come of age as a Tottenham player, Bostock went on loan at League One Brentford but Spurs fans remain hopeful that the former Crystal Palace youth player can fulfil his potential.

Big talents: Tottenham's John Bostock and West Ham starlet Jordan Spence playing on loan with Scunthorpe

18 West Ham - Jordan Spence (19)A prodigious talent who is already being tipped as a future England player, and captain. Still just 19, the defender has enjoyed successful loan spells at Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe over the past two seasons.

19 Wigan - Callum McManaman (18)Cousin of Liverpool hero Steve, the young striker was handed his first-team debut in the Latics' final game of the season last term.

20 Wolves - Nathan Rooney (18)Rooney (no relation) is currently youth team captain and led the team to victory in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg in July 2009.

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