Fa Cup Third Round 5 Emerging Talents To Watch Out For This Weekend
It”s FA Cup third round weekend (or whatever unit of you time you call Friday to Tuesday) which means Football League sides, along with plucky non-league triers get their day out in the sun.
From wing wizards to tough tacklers, it is the day for some of the game”s hottest prospects to make their name in the most magical competition of them all.
Alongside cup upsets, it is those emerging talents who take the headlines as they are given in the ever-more-regular rotated squad policy that the top teams in the league possess.
The majority of these starlets have already been linked with big moves to the Premier League”s top guns, so the FA Cup will provide the perfect platform for them to impress in front of the cameras.
MirrorFootball”s Joe Mewis and Aaron Flanagan have compiled a list of top five stars to look out for in the weekend”s action…
Patrick Bamford – Middlesbrough (at Barnsley)
Alex LiveseyGoals galore: Bamford cannot stop scoring for Middlesbrough
The 21-year-old Chelsea striker has seen loan agreement at the Riverside extended until the end of the season, meaning he”s free to feature for Aitor Karanka”s men in their third round clash at Oakwell.
Bamford has followed up his previously bountiful loan spells at MK Dons and Derby by plundering seven goals for Boro in the Championship this season and has also made his England Under-21 debut.
At his best in the middle, Bamford has a predatory eye for goal and is a handful in the air, but is also effective cutting in from a wide position.
It”s also worth keeping an eye out for a couple of local lads that have recently graduated from the prolific academy at Rockliffe Park in the shape of Byrn Morris and Bradley Fewster.
Will Hughes – Derby (vs Southport)
Press Association ImagesOne for the future: Derby”s Will Hughes has become a mainstay in their line-up
Derby”s blond bombshell seems to have been the next big thing for years now, but it”s worth remember that he”s still not out of his teenage years.
The 19-year-old has well and truly established himself as the heartbeat of the Rams” side, bossing midfields in the traditionally robust Championship like no-one his age has a right to.
Now that the transfer window has opened, expect the rumour mill to again crank up regarding the England Under-21 man”s future.
Does anyone know of any big teams that will be missing a talismanic central midfielder, come the end of the season?
Patrick Roberts – Fulham (vs Wolves)
Fulham”s slide into the Championship has seen them blood a number of youngsters this season, with the likes of Cauley Woodrow, Moussa Dembele and Lasse Vigen Christensen impressing, despite the Cottagers mixed start to the season.
The pick of the bunch, however, looks to be Patrick Roberts. Although he”s mainly been used from the bench this season, the England youth starlet has been picking up plaudits from Premier League scouts, which has seen him linked with Liverpool.
He”s a versatile player and can feature on the right wing, as well a behind the striker in a playmaker role. He is without a doubt the most exciting prospect in the Fulham team at the moment and almost definitely an England star of the future.
Teddy Bishop – Ipswich (at Southampton)
Tom DulatBattler: The determined midfielder could be set for a Premier League move in the near future
The charismatic midfielder is one of a host of talented youngsters at Ipswich Town this season – and his performances have attracted the attention of both Arsenal and Manchester United.
At 18-years-old, he has already had a £10million price tag slapped onto his head with the Premier League giants looming.
Mick McCarthy admitted recently that Bishop is attracting just as much interested as defender Tyrone Mings, who is also linked with a switch to the same clubs.
Bishop is an academy graduate who has featured 17 times during this season, scoring one goal and creating five.
Ryan Ledson – Everton (vs West Ham)
PAChasing the chance: Ledson made his first team debut in the Europa League clash with Krasnodar
The Everton youngster is slowly being given more and more first-team opportunities in the toffees senior ranks and an FA Cup date with West Ham could be the perfect chance to show what he is about.
Ledson, 17, made his first-team bow in the Europa League loss to FK Krasnodar earlier this season, where he fitted perfectly in place in the team.
He is an England youth international who captained the Three Lions to Under-17 glory in the European Championship finals in Malta.
And if you don”t believe his “hard-hitting” status, just take a look at this tackle from the Under-18 Merseyside derby in 2013:
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