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FutureStarrFuture Stars Cup 2014 OR
This year, we look to identify the brightest seeds in global football, providing the platform for them to prosper in their futures and the world to benefit. Our panel voted on who they believe will be the stars of tomorrow. So who are the most exciting prospects in football today?
The powerful centre-half was promoted to the first team in March after injuries to Ryan Nelsen and Christopher Samba, and helped Rovers secure draws with Chelsea and Manchester United at Ewood Park. Jones said after his Premier League debut against Chelsea that "John Terry is definitely someone I idolise", while his manager, Sam Allardyce, said "he looks a little like John Terry in his body language". His first-team debut came away at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, with the young Lancastrian putting in a man-of-the-match performance. Keeping out Samba and Nelsen next season will be a difficult task, but his likeliest route to a regular first-team berth may be at right-back in place of Pascal Chimbonda, as he has played there on numerous occasions for the reserves. Strong and resilient in the challenge and competent on the ball, Jones has signed a five-year deal at Blackburn, but Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs are reportedly interested in him.
Usually found floating around the wing and given the freedom to tuck inside, the Arsenal prodigy is being groomed by Arsène Wenger to play behind the target man in the Dennis Bergkamp role. Whether this shift in position will materialise or work favourably remains to be seen – Wenger envisaged Theo Walcott adopting a similar role "off the front man", but the speedster has rarely been unleashed in a central position. Wilshere will have to work on his upper-body strength, but his nimble footwork and ability to weave between opponents are his chief assets. Wenger takes great pride in nurturing a budding talent into a top-class performer. The only stumbling block for player and club is how he is going to see any substantial match action next season. Walcott, Andrey Arshavin, Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky are all built in the same mould, but the Frenchman will be loth to lose such an exciting prospect. The Bolton manager, Owen Coyle, wants him back for the first half of next season but Wenger may prefer him to spearhead Arsenal's Carling Cup campaign. (Source: www.theguardian.com)
Dario ŠariÄ‡ was the biggest star of the U16 European Championship tournament and named Most Valuable Player in a unanimous vote, after leading the tournament in scoring (24.3 ppg), rebounding (11.5 rpg), and finishing second in assists (5.8 apg). Saric registered a triple-double in the final, becoming only the second player to do so (after Ricky Rubio in 2006). Saric was the youngest player selected for the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit, only turning 17 during the week of the event.
Training will take place at Vista Park beginning on August 24 and running until the end of May 2016. Training times will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:45-4:45. Monday and Wednesday will be tactical and technical training and Friday will consist of scrimmages among the players. Players will be provided with a Weston FC practice shirt at no charge. (Source: westonfc.org)