No upcoming English talent, Harry? Five stars for Spurs boss Redknapp

14 March 2009 01:27
So, Harry Redknapp believes there are no decent young English players around?

'If I could find good, young English players, I would, but it is very, very difficult,' said the Spurs

boss. 'Youcan go out and make a point of buying English players, but if they'renot good enough, it's a waste of time. I do think there is a dearth oftop young English players.'

Yet, a quick trawl through the lower leagues show some sparkling English diamonds ready to hit the big time.

Some are considered realistic Tottenham targets for next season, but they will have the price tags to match. Maybe Harry's game is to talk down the talent waiting in the wings?

How about these five, for starters.

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Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeQuite simply, a goal machine. The striker, who will be 23 at the end of this month, has scored a staggering 23 goals in 37 league appearances for Wolves this season, already equalling the total he managed last season for Wolves and Plymouth last season en route to winning the Championship's Golden Boot.A youth player at Manchester United, Ebanks-Blake made just two senior appearances for the Old Trafford club, but scored in both of them. Spells at Royal Antwerp in Belgium and Plymouth Argyle followed, before the striker joined Wolves for £1.5million in January 2008.As Ebanks-Blake bids to become the first Wolves striker to hit 30 goals in a season since Steve Bull in 1988-89, manager Mick McCarthy joked they might want to re-name a Molineux stand after the Englishman.'They wouldn't be able to fit my name on it," said the striker.

Hotshot: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has been superb for Wolves

Michael Mancienne'Who is Michael Mancienne?' everyone asked when the Chelsea centre-half, then 20 and on loan at Wolves, was called up into Fabio Capello's squad to face Germany in November.

Mancienne, 21, was scouted by Chelsea at the age of eight, progressing through the youth ranks and captaining England at Under-18 level. The Isleworth-born defender could have played for the Seychelles, but opted to represent the country of his birth instead.

The Under-21 international impressed during loan spells with Wolves and QPR before making his Chelsea debut in the FA Cup tie against Watford. Premier League and Champions League appearances followed and the future certainly looks very bright for Mancienne.

Prospect: Michael Mancienne has struggled for chances at Chelsea

Lewis McGuganNottingham Forest midfielder McGugan, 20, has talent and confidence in abundance - they called him 'Legend' at school, apparently.A product of the Forest Academy, McGugan made his first team debut in October 2006, coming on as a substitute against Gillingham, and made 15 appearances for Forest in his first full season. McGugan established himself in the Forest side in their last campaign, scoring six goals in 33 league appearances, including a stunning free kick against Yeovil.'He has ability but he's a carefree lad,' said Forest manager Billy Davies after his side beat Reading 1-0 earlier this month. 'We've got to get him fitter, lighter, to make sure he crosses the line between comfort zone and hard work.' Forest legend and England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce will certainly be keeping an eye on the next big thing at the City Ground.

Strength: Lewis McGugan has emerged at Nottingham Forest

Fabian DelphA combative midfielder who's not afraid of a tackle and has a keen eye for goal, Delph plays for Leeds United with confidence and authority beyond his 19 years. He is just five foot ten tall and is built like a marathon runner, but he has a great engine and an injection of pace as well.

There has been a lot of hype about the Bradford-born Under 21 international, who was linked with £10m moves to a host of Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, but all of it is justified. He is that good.

Leeds held on to their star performer at the start of the year, but the question remains as to how long they can afford to keep waving away big money offers.

Highly rated: Fabian Delph is a favourite at Leeds

Jonjo ShelveyShelvey became the youngest-ever player to represent Charlton Athletic when he made his debut against Barnsley last season aged just 16 years and 59 days.

He now dominates the Addicks' midfield, taking free kicks, corners and dictating the passing, and his well-built frame belies his 17 years.

Romford-born Shelvey, a product of Charlton's academy and a former England Under-16 captain, celebrated his 17th birthday by signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Addicks in February. But with Phil Parkinson's side looking very likely candidates for relegation to League One, how long will the midfielder stay with the club?

Big hope: Jonjo Shelvey (right) has offered rare good news at Charlton

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Source: Daily_Mail