There may be no fixtures for the England national team in the near future, but club football of course carries on undeterred. Up and down the country and even across the continent, there are oh so many English players firing on all cylinders. As 2022 approaches, here are six players who could reach new heights for their clubs, from relative obscurity to the superstars…
Starting in the Championship, the home of young, thriving English players. We’ve seen so many stars born there, Chelsea duo Reece James and Mason Mount being prime examples. Bournemouth are one club with a number of promising youngsters and Jaidon Anthony is at the fore of this. When you combine the departure of Arnaut Danjuma to Villarreal and injuries to the likes of Junior Stanislas and David Brooks, Anthony has been the main benefactor. Scott Parker has given the 21-year-old from Hackney his chance and he has certainly grasped it. He has scored six and assisted four in 1,600 Championship minutes which for a player of his experience is remarkable, it will be fascinating to see if he continues to thrive for the high-flying Cherries.
Remaining in the English second division and to a more well-known name. Morgan Gibbs-White broke through at Wolves but with first team opportunities few and far between, a couple of loan moves have followed. It was first to Wales where he played for Swansea last season but this time around, Bramall Lane was his destination. Gibbs-White had never previously shown to be a consistent goal threat, until now anyway. He has scored four for Sheffield United already this term, even with the turbulence that saw Slavisa Jokanovic dismissed, he has been performing. Rhian Brewster is another Englishman running out for the Blades; a big money move and a long spell without a goal weighing him down. He has recently netted both his first league goal and then first home goal though so hopefully the pair can continue to intertwine positively.
As previously mentioned, Chelsea are well-known for producing the crème de la crème of English youth players. Another on the production line is Levi Colwill, he is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues but at eighteen, he is starring in the Championship. With three appearances to his name for the England U19s and over 1,300 minutes in the league already, there is clearly a lot of trust in his ability. Colwill bagged a late winner against Sheffield United in late August but goals aren’t really what define a defender. The Terriers are on the edge of the playoff picture backed up by a solid defence, Colwill’s ceiling is very high indeed.
Talking of Chelsea and their squad is full of academy products. The likes of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori may have been moved on, but there are still a few in the ranks under Thomas Tuchel. One of who is Callum Hudson-Odoi. The winger was previously linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich due to a lack of playing time but he has become a regular this season. There is always rotation in a squad this deep and he has been played across the field too. Whether it be at wingback or on the wing, his role is becoming all the more important and he is reaping the rewards!
Times were tough for Jadon Sancho when he first returned to England, but with the departure of Ole, that may well be changing. During his time with Dortmund, the winger was easily one of the most entertaining players in Europe. He was struggling for playing time at Old Trafford and when he did come off of the bench, he was unable to impact the games. Recently, he netted versus Villarreal in the Champions League before then scoring against Chelsea just days later. These two goals and performances were just a glimpse of what he has to offer and so going forward, he will surely be getting the deserved minutes. Ralf Rangnick arrives bringing a pressing style of football which may well fit Sancho more than the confusing outlay of Solskjaer.
Finally then, going over to France and Saint Etienne. The man in the sticks for the Ligue 1 side is an appropriately named, young Englishman. Etienne Green made his debut for England U21s earlier this year in Andorra having switched over his allegiances from France. He played and starred in their recent defeat to PSG, he was holding strong for the majority until Angel Di Maria won it late for the Parisians. Goalkeeper is one position that England maybe aren’t excellent in with Jordan Pickford as the current number one and the likes of Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale knocking on the door. Green could be one to watch going forward!