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Eindhoven (Netherlands), 16/12/2017.- PSV Eindhoven's goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet (2-L) in action during the Dutch Eredivisie soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag in Eindhoven, Netherlands, 16 December 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JOEP LEENEN

Eindhoven (Netherlands), 16/12/2017.- Hirving Lozano (C) of PSV Eindhoven in action during the Dutch Eredivisie soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag in Eindhoven, Netherlands, 16 December 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JOEP LEENEN

Eindhoven (Netherlands), 16/12/2017.- Marco van Ginkel (L) of PSV Eindhoven celebrates with his teammate Hirving Lozano (R) after scoring the 3-0 lead from the penalty spot during the Dutch Eredivisie soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag in Eindhoven, Netherlands, 16 December 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JOEP LEENEN

Eindhoven (Netherlands), 16/12/2017.- Luuk de Jong (R) of PSV Eindhoven celebrates after scoring a goal during the Dutch Eredivisie soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag in Eindhoven, Netherlands, 16 December 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JOEP LEENEN

Eindhoven (Netherlands), 16/12/2017.- Luuk de Jong (R) of PSV Eindhoven scores a goal during the Dutch Eredivisie soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag in Eindhoven, Netherlands, 16 December 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JOEP LEENEN

Jose Mourinho accuses Pep Guardiola of mind games about David Silva's fitness

Jose Mourinho has fired up Sunday’s potentially explosive Manchester derby by taking a swipe at Pep Guardiola over the fitness of David Silva. Mourinho has accused Guardiola of using mind games after the Manchester City coach claimed Silva is doubtful for the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.  Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger was also caught in the Portuguese’s crossfire over comments made about Alexandre Lacazette, who started the game against United on Saturday, despite being apparently ruled out 48 hours before.  But it is the uncertainty over Silva’s involvement which has riled Mourinho, after the winger failed to travel to Ukraine for City’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Guardiola insisted he did not know whether Silva would be fit to play, but when asked which of his own players could return, Mourinho replied: “When we have a problem, we have a problem.  “When players are injured, they are injured. I tell you the truth. The truth is Eric Bailly has no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick, no chance.  “No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth. Our opponents have all these issues. They have a big issue but, in the end, everybody is ready to play. They have phenomenal organisations. We are a bit more humble.” Mourinho was in typically spiky mood after United secured top spot in Group A after their 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow.  Mourinho couldn't resist commenting on Guardiola and David Silva Credit: Action Images  It means they have reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 2014, after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. “I think that teams will not be jumping with happiness to play against us,” he said.  “I am not the luckiest guy with draws, so it is better I shut up and forget it because we only play in February. Until then I have to ­concentrate on the English ­competitions.” There was also praise for United defender Luke Shaw, making his first start in 219 days and playing 90 minutes. Shaw was also playing his first game in the Champions League since September 2015, when he suffered a double leg fracture against PSV Eindhoven. Mourinho has had a fractious relationship with the 22-year-old, but hinted he will be given more opportunities. “It was a very positive performance, especially with the ball going forwards,” he said. “He was really dangerous, creating a lot, there was a lot of intensity in his game.  “It was no surprise that he was feeling the consequences of that intensity. He was deserving of that opportunity for quite a long time and he is going to get more because the performance was positive.” 

Jose Mourinho accuses Pep Guardiola of mind games about David Silva's fitness

Jose Mourinho has fired up Sunday’s potentially explosive Manchester derby by taking a swipe at Pep Guardiola over the fitness of David Silva. Mourinho has accused Guardiola of using mind games after the Manchester City coach claimed Silva is doubtful for the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.  Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger was also caught in the Portuguese’s crossfire over comments made about Alexandre Lacazette, who started the game against United on Saturday, despite being apparently ruled out 48 hours before.  But it is the uncertainty over Silva’s involvement which has riled Mourinho, after the winger failed to travel to Ukraine for City’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Guardiola insisted he did not know whether Silva would be fit to play, but when asked which of his own players could return, Mourinho replied: “When we have a problem, we have a problem.  “When players are injured, they are injured. I tell you the truth. The truth is Eric Bailly has no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick, no chance.  “No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth. Our opponents have all these issues. They have a big issue but, in the end, everybody is ready to play. They have phenomenal organisations. We are a bit more humble.” Mourinho was in typically spiky mood after United secured top spot in Group A after their 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow.  Mourinho couldn't resist commenting on Guardiola and David Silva Credit: Action Images  It means they have reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 2014, after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. “I think that teams will not be jumping with happiness to play against us,” he said.  “I am not the luckiest guy with draws, so it is better I shut up and forget it because we only play in February. Until then I have to ­concentrate on the English ­competitions.” There was also praise for United defender Luke Shaw, making his first start in 219 days and playing 90 minutes. Shaw was also playing his first game in the Champions League since September 2015, when he suffered a double leg fracture against PSV Eindhoven. Mourinho has had a fractious relationship with the 22-year-old, but hinted he will be given more opportunities. “It was a very positive performance, especially with the ball going forwards,” he said. “He was really dangerous, creating a lot, there was a lot of intensity in his game.  “It was no surprise that he was feeling the consequences of that intensity. He was deserving of that opportunity for quite a long time and he is going to get more because the performance was positive.” 

Was this the game which got Luke Shaw's Manchester United career back on track?

This felt like a momentous night for Luke Shaw, in what was a 50th United appearance but his first in the Champions League since the evening which has defined his career at Old Trafford. It was that game over two years ago against PSV Eindhoven when he suffered a horrendous double leg fracture, and it seems as if he has been playing catch-up ever since. Jose Mourinho admitted before the game it was “not now or never” for the 22-year-old defender, but it is surely getting to the stage where Shaw’s future needs to be resolved once and for all. Shaw impressed here, almost scoring in the 20th minute with a far-post volley, and was clearly in better shape than recent months after a dedicated fitness programme. It was a timely reminder, if it were needed, why United paid nearly £30m for a player hailed as potentially the finest English left-back in the country when he moved from Southampton. Shaw looked typically dangerous going forwards Credit: getty images There were occasional defensive lapses in his positioning, perhaps down to rustiness, but from an attacking point of view Shaw was certainly a threat on the left for much of the night. Completing the entire 90 minutes will also have given him immense satisfaction, after two years in which his career has hit the pause button. Yet if we are being brutally honest, nobody expects him to be anywhere near United’s squad for Sunday’s crucial Manchester derby. Hopes of appearing at the World Cup with England also appear remote at this stage, after such limited opportunities. This was effectively a dead rubber against CSKA Moscow and Shaw’s first start since the Premier League game against Swansea in April – an absence of 219 days. Before this, he had managed just 48 minutes this season as a substitute. His future remains unclear, despite anticipated interest from Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, and predicting Mourinho’s next move is usually futile. Will Mourinho allow Shaw back in? Credit: reuters  “It is not about impressing, I don't want to put any pressure on to anyone,” said Mourinho before the match. “Luke Shaw plays and it is a good opportunity but it is not now or never and if you don't play well you don't get a second chance.” Shaw certainly did enough here to warrant more games, whether it is with United or at another club. In the next month or so, he will discover what the remainder of the season holds – but this was a statement of sorts, from a player who deserves a slice of fortune. Moment which changed the match Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser was a reward for United’s sustained pressure and it was quickly followed by Marcus Rashford’s well-taken goal 66 seconds later. United were then in cruise control and securing top spot of Group A was never in doubt. Most influential player Juan Mata Mata’s enduring qualities remain crucial to United, even with the return of Paul Pogba, and this was a menacing performance from the Spaniard. Some of his touches and passing were truly sublime. Juan Mata impressed again Credit: Reuters Crowd rating There were many empty seats around Old Trafford, with qualification virtually assured before kick-off, and the atmosphere was fairly flat. The tone was set by a CD malfunction which prevented the Champions League anthem from being aired before kick-off. 6/10 Referee rating Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) The big moment came for the Italian official when CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev was clearly standing in an offside position for the opening goal – but he got the decision right, much to the annoyance of United’s players. 6/10

Was this the game which got Luke Shaw's Manchester United career back on track?

This felt like a momentous night for Luke Shaw, in what was a 50th United appearance but his first in the Champions League since the evening which has defined his career at Old Trafford. It was that game over two years ago against PSV Eindhoven when he suffered a horrendous double leg fracture, and it seems as if he has been playing catch-up ever since. Jose Mourinho admitted before the game it was “not now or never” for the 22-year-old defender, but it is surely getting to the stage where Shaw’s future needs to be resolved once and for all. Shaw impressed here, almost scoring in the 20th minute with a far-post volley, and was clearly in better shape than recent months after a dedicated fitness programme. It was a timely reminder, if it were needed, why United paid nearly £30m for a player hailed as potentially the finest English left-back in the country when he moved from Southampton. Shaw looked typically dangerous going forwards Credit: getty images There were occasional defensive lapses in his positioning, perhaps down to rustiness, but from an attacking point of view Shaw was certainly a threat on the left for much of the night. Completing the entire 90 minutes will also have given him immense satisfaction, after two years in which his career has hit the pause button. Yet if we are being brutally honest, nobody expects him to be anywhere near United’s squad for Sunday’s crucial Manchester derby. Hopes of appearing at the World Cup with England also appear remote at this stage, after such limited opportunities. This was effectively a dead rubber against CSKA Moscow and Shaw’s first start since the Premier League game against Swansea in April – an absence of 219 days. Before this, he had managed just 48 minutes this season as a substitute. His future remains unclear, despite anticipated interest from Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, and predicting Mourinho’s next move is usually futile. Will Mourinho allow Shaw back in? Credit: reuters  “It is not about impressing, I don't want to put any pressure on to anyone,” said Mourinho before the match. “Luke Shaw plays and it is a good opportunity but it is not now or never and if you don't play well you don't get a second chance.” Shaw certainly did enough here to warrant more games, whether it is with United or at another club. In the next month or so, he will discover what the remainder of the season holds – but this was a statement of sorts, from a player who deserves a slice of fortune. Moment which changed the match Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser was a reward for United’s sustained pressure and it was quickly followed by Marcus Rashford’s well-taken goal 66 seconds later. United were then in cruise control and securing top spot of Group A was never in doubt. Most influential player Juan Mata Mata’s enduring qualities remain crucial to United, even with the return of Paul Pogba, and this was a menacing performance from the Spaniard. Some of his touches and passing were truly sublime. Juan Mata impressed again Credit: Reuters Crowd rating There were many empty seats around Old Trafford, with qualification virtually assured before kick-off, and the atmosphere was fairly flat. The tone was set by a CD malfunction which prevented the Champions League anthem from being aired before kick-off. 6/10 Referee rating Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) The big moment came for the Italian official when CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev was clearly standing in an offside position for the opening goal – but he got the decision right, much to the annoyance of United’s players. 6/10

Was this the game which got Luke Shaw's Manchester United career back on track?

This felt like a momentous night for Luke Shaw, in what was a 50th United appearance but his first in the Champions League since the evening which has defined his career at Old Trafford. It was that game over two years ago against PSV Eindhoven when he suffered a horrendous double leg fracture, and it seems as if he has been playing catch-up ever since. Jose Mourinho admitted before the game it was “not now or never” for the 22-year-old defender, but it is surely getting to the stage where Shaw’s future needs to be resolved once and for all. Shaw impressed here, almost scoring in the 20th minute with a far-post volley, and was clearly in better shape than recent months after a dedicated fitness programme. It was a timely reminder, if it were needed, why United paid nearly £30m for a player hailed as potentially the finest English left-back in the country when he moved from Southampton. Shaw looked typically dangerous going forwards Credit: getty images There were occasional defensive lapses in his positioning, perhaps down to rustiness, but from an attacking point of view Shaw was certainly a threat on the left for much of the night. Completing the entire 90 minutes will also have given him immense satisfaction, after two years in which his career has hit the pause button. Yet if we are being brutally honest, nobody expects him to be anywhere near United’s squad for Sunday’s crucial Manchester derby. Hopes of appearing at the World Cup with England also appear remote at this stage, after such limited opportunities. This was effectively a dead rubber against CSKA Moscow and Shaw’s first start since the Premier League game against Swansea in April – an absence of 219 days. Before this, he had managed just 48 minutes this season as a substitute. His future remains unclear, despite anticipated interest from Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, and predicting Mourinho’s next move is usually futile. Will Mourinho allow Shaw back in? Credit: reuters  “It is not about impressing, I don't want to put any pressure on to anyone,” said Mourinho before the match. “Luke Shaw plays and it is a good opportunity but it is not now or never and if you don't play well you don't get a second chance.” Shaw certainly did enough here to warrant more games, whether it is with United or at another club. In the next month or so, he will discover what the remainder of the season holds – but this was a statement of sorts, from a player who deserves a slice of fortune. Moment which changed the match Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser was a reward for United’s sustained pressure and it was quickly followed by Marcus Rashford’s well-taken goal 66 seconds later. United were then in cruise control and securing top spot of Group A was never in doubt. Most influential player Juan Mata Mata’s enduring qualities remain crucial to United, even with the return of Paul Pogba, and this was a menacing performance from the Spaniard. Some of his touches and passing were truly sublime. Juan Mata impressed again Credit: Reuters Crowd rating There were many empty seats around Old Trafford, with qualification virtually assured before kick-off, and the atmosphere was fairly flat. The tone was set by a CD malfunction which prevented the Champions League anthem from being aired before kick-off. 6/10 Referee rating Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) The big moment came for the Italian official when CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev was clearly standing in an offside position for the opening goal – but he got the decision right, much to the annoyance of United’s players. 6/10

Was this the game which got Luke Shaw's Manchester United career back on track?

This felt like a momentous night for Luke Shaw, in what was a 50th United appearance but his first in the Champions League since the evening which has defined his career at Old Trafford. It was that game over two years ago against PSV Eindhoven when he suffered a horrendous double leg fracture, and it seems as if he has been playing catch-up ever since. Jose Mourinho admitted before the game it was “not now or never” for the 22-year-old defender, but it is surely getting to the stage where Shaw’s future needs to be resolved once and for all. Shaw impressed here, almost scoring in the 20th minute with a far-post volley, and was clearly in better shape than recent months after a dedicated fitness programme. It was a timely reminder, if it were needed, why United paid nearly £30m for a player hailed as potentially the finest English left-back in the country when he moved from Southampton. Shaw looked typically dangerous going forwards Credit: getty images There were occasional defensive lapses in his positioning, perhaps down to rustiness, but from an attacking point of view Shaw was certainly a threat on the left for much of the night. Completing the entire 90 minutes will also have given him immense satisfaction, after two years in which his career has hit the pause button. Yet if we are being brutally honest, nobody expects him to be anywhere near United’s squad for Sunday’s crucial Manchester derby. Hopes of appearing at the World Cup with England also appear remote at this stage, after such limited opportunities. This was effectively a dead rubber against CSKA Moscow and Shaw’s first start since the Premier League game against Swansea in April – an absence of 219 days. Before this, he had managed just 48 minutes this season as a substitute. His future remains unclear, despite anticipated interest from Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, and predicting Mourinho’s next move is usually futile. Will Mourinho allow Shaw back in? Credit: reuters  “It is not about impressing, I don't want to put any pressure on to anyone,” said Mourinho before the match. “Luke Shaw plays and it is a good opportunity but it is not now or never and if you don't play well you don't get a second chance.” Shaw certainly did enough here to warrant more games, whether it is with United or at another club. In the next month or so, he will discover what the remainder of the season holds – but this was a statement of sorts, from a player who deserves a slice of fortune. Moment which changed the match Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser was a reward for United’s sustained pressure and it was quickly followed by Marcus Rashford’s well-taken goal 66 seconds later. United were then in cruise control and securing top spot of Group A was never in doubt. Most influential player Juan Mata Mata’s enduring qualities remain crucial to United, even with the return of Paul Pogba, and this was a menacing performance from the Spaniard. Some of his touches and passing were truly sublime. Juan Mata impressed again Credit: Reuters Crowd rating There were many empty seats around Old Trafford, with qualification virtually assured before kick-off, and the atmosphere was fairly flat. The tone was set by a CD malfunction which prevented the Champions League anthem from being aired before kick-off. 6/10 Referee rating Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) The big moment came for the Italian official when CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev was clearly standing in an offside position for the opening goal – but he got the decision right, much to the annoyance of United’s players. 6/10

PSV win at Excelsior to maintain gap at top

PSV Eindhoven edged out Excelsior 2-1 at the Stadion Woudestein on Sunday, to maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie.

PSV win at Excelsior to maintain gap at top

PSV Eindhoven edged out Excelsior 2-1 at the Stadion Woudestein on Sunday, to maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie.

PSV win at Excelsior to maintain gap at top

PSV Eindhoven edged out Excelsior 2-1 at the Stadion Woudestein on Sunday, to maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie.

Hirving Lozano Breaks Out on the European Stage

Mexico rising star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is trending in the right direction as the World Cup approaches, lighting up opposing defenses for PSV Eindhoven.

Hirving Lozano Breaks Out on the European Stage

Mexico rising star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is trending in the right direction as the World Cup approaches, lighting up opposing defenses for PSV Eindhoven.

Hirving Lozano Breaks Out on the European Stage

Mexico rising star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is trending in the right direction as the World Cup approaches, lighting up opposing defenses for PSV Eindhoven.

Hirving Lozano Breaks Out on the European Stage

Mexico rising star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is trending in the right direction as the World Cup approaches, lighting up opposing defenses for PSV Eindhoven.

53947174. Arnhem (Netherlands), 29/10/2017.- Players of PSV Eindhoven thanks the fans after a match against Vitesse the Eredivisie match in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 29 October 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK

53947174. Arnhem (Netherlands), 29/10/2017.- Hirving Lozano (2-R) of PSV Eindhoven reacts after making the 4-1 against Vitesse during the Eredivisie match in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 29 October 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK

53947174. Arnhem (Netherlands), 29/10/2017.- Marco van Ginkel (C) of PSV Eindhoven duels with Alexander Buttner (L) and Thomas Bruns of Vitesse during the Eredivisie match in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 29 October 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK

53947174. Arnhem (Netherlands), 29/10/2017.- Hirving Lozano (L) of PSV Eindhoven scores the 1-0 and passes Guram Kashia (C) and goalkeeper Remko Pasveer of Vitesse during the Eredivisie match in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 29 October 2017. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Next year's breakout stars? The Premier League youngsters impressing out on loan this season

Angus Gunn, Manchester City - on loan at Norwich  Angus Gunn made a series of impressive saves in Norwich's Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal  Credit: Getty Images  Son to legendary Norwich goalkeeper, Bryan, Angus has impressed in between the sticks since moving to Carrow Road on loan at the start of the season. Gunn spent seven years at Norwich City before being snapped up by Manchester City for a £250,000 fee in 2011. The England under-21 international returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan deal having failed to make a single appearance for Manchester City's senior side. Angus Gunn lines up for England U21s  Credit: PA  City's loss has turned out to Norwich's gain; the 21-year-old has racked up 7 clean sheets so far this season: the most in the Championship.  On Tuesday night he was just minutes away from keeping a clean sheet at the Emirates to take his side through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "He’s an unbelievably talented goalkeeper," said Norwich sporting director, Stuart Webber, when Gunn's Carrow Road loan move had been confirmed earlier this season. The 21-year-old could offer a realistic challenge to Claudio Bravo as Man City's goalkeeping under study next season.  Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham - on loan at Sheffield United  Carter-Vickers has become a mainstay in Sheffield United's first team this season  Credit: Getty Images  19-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers has quickly earned a reputation for his no-nonsense defending. Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Carter-Vickers owes his athletic prowess to his former NBA basketball father, Howard Carter. "He should be a running back the way he’s built,” said Carter-Vickers' USA teammate, Alejandro Bedoya. “The guy’s calves and legs are humongous.” According to a story told by Harry Winks, Mauricio Pochettino recently felt the full force of Carter-Vicker's physicality when he decided to join in on an eight-a-side training match.  Carter-Vickers in action for Tottenham's U21 side  Credit: Getty Images  Pochettino went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off “I did it again today,” Pochettino said, referring to a separate incident. “I challenged with Cameron and my hand was … [he shakes it in pain]. It happened again. Cameron crushed everyone in the box.” Next season may be too soon for Carter-Vickers to become a permanent fixture in Tottenham's defence, but the departure of Toby Aldeirweireld could see the teenager offered an opportunity to prove his Premier League mettle.  Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City - on loan at Girona  Pablo Maffeo earned plaudits for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi earlier this season  Credit: Reuters  The man whose man-marking job on Lionel Messi earned him reluctant praise from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.  Maffeo joined City from Espanyol in 2015 but moved back to Spain on loan with Girona last season after making only a handful of appearances. The 20-year-old's performance against Barcelona earned him many plaudits and praise from his Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Pablo Maffeo vies for the ball with Marcus Rashford during last season's League Cup tie  Credit: AP  "Young players like Pablo Maffeo and others must play and the sooner they reach this level of competition the better for them to take a step forward and become better players. "If they can't play in the first team, they need to go to other leagues like the Netherlands and Spain and be in those big games playing against players like Messi. That is the best way to improve. The Spaniard is represented by Pep's elder brother Pere and, given City's surprising dearth of full-backs available to him this season, Maffeo could be brought back into the fold at the Etihad.  Dean Henderson, Manchester United - on loan at Shrewsbury Town Dean Henderson has played a pivotal role in Shrewsbury Town's ascent to the top of the League One table  Credit: Getty Images  Fresh from having won the U20s World Cup with England last summer, Dean Henderson has quickly won hearts and minds in Shrewsbury Town's march towards League One promotion.  Shrewsbury are the only unbeaten team left in the Football League and the arrival of Henderson on loan from Manchester United has been a large factor in their ascent to the top of the table. With David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira all currently ahead Henderson in the goalkeeping pecking order, the 20-year-old may need to seek a move to guarantee the top-flight football his talent and form deserves. Kieran Dowell, Everton - on loan at Nottingham Forest Kieran Dowell has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest  Credit: Getty Images  Everton have blooded a number of young talents already this season - but of all their talented young players, Dowell comes as the most highly-rated. Currently playing under Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest, the 20-year-old formed a formidable partnership with fellow Toffee Jonjoe Kenny during England's World Cup-winning campaign in South Korea. Everton's dismal start to the season has seen a number of fans plead with caretaker manager David Unsworth to recall Dowell in the hope of injecting some much-needed creativity.  Andreas Pereira, Manchester United - on loan at Valencia   Andreas Pereira in action during a pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid  Credit: Getty Images  Pereira, signed as a youth player from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, has yet to start a league game for United but is so highly regarded that he was handed a new long-term deal by Mourinho this summer - just as he decided to move elsewhere. The Brazilian winger directly defied Mourinho's wish that he stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, leading the United manager to suggest he was 'not ready' to play for the United. Pereira was unfazed by Mourinho's comments and has since gone on to put in a series of impressive goalscoring performances in La Liga. "I think of the positive: If I were not a good player, he would not have said anything in the press, he would have let me go and that's it,: said Pereira. "I think he was worried because I left. I have to think about myself now."

Report: Tottenham Set to Fend Off Competition for PSV youngster Steven Bergwijn

Tottenham look set to fight off stiff Premier League competition in the race to sign PSV Eindhoven youngster Steven Bergwijn.

The 20-year-old has attracted the attention of many European clubs after becoming an important part of PSV's starting 11 last season, and is being viewed as one of Holland's brightest prospect coming through.

West Ham and Bournemouth are also tracking the youngster, however according to the Mirror, Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Bergwijn - who has been described as a two-footed winger who can play on either side of the pitch.

The Dutch national team are now entering a rebuilding phase after the senior side failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and with Bergwijn representing his country from Under 17-21 levels, many expect the youngster to go on and become a regular member of the senior team in the near future.

Tottenham themselves turned to the Dutch Eredivise this summer when they signed Davinson Sanchez for around £42m, and look set to take another of the league's rising stars in January should they make a move for Bergwijn.

Bergwijn has made six appearances for PSV so far this season, scoring two goals and grabbing an assists whilst helping his side top the league after their first seven games. Many have been impressed by the maturity and flair he has shown so far this season, and Tottenham are certainly keeping a close eye on his development.

After falling under heavy criticism for not making as many signings as expected during the summer, manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely be looking to further add to his Tottenham squad in January as he looks to strengthen his side into Premier League title contenders.

Report: Tottenham Set to Fend Off Competition for PSV youngster Steven Bergwijn

Tottenham look set to fight off stiff Premier League competition in the race to sign PSV Eindhoven youngster Steven Bergwijn.

The 20-year-old has attracted the attention of many European clubs after becoming an important part of PSV's starting 11 last season, and is being viewed as one of Holland's brightest prospect coming through.

West Ham and Bournemouth are also tracking the youngster, however according to the Mirror, Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Bergwijn - who has been described as a two-footed winger who can play on either side of the pitch.

The Dutch national team are now entering a rebuilding phase after the senior side failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and with Bergwijn representing his country from Under 17-21 levels, many expect the youngster to go on and become a regular member of the senior team in the near future.

Tottenham themselves turned to the Dutch Eredivise this summer when they signed Davinson Sanchez for around £42m, and look set to take another of the league's rising stars in January should they make a move for Bergwijn.

Bergwijn has made six appearances for PSV so far this season, scoring two goals and grabbing an assists whilst helping his side top the league after their first seven games. Many have been impressed by the maturity and flair he has shown so far this season, and Tottenham are certainly keeping a close eye on his development.

After falling under heavy criticism for not making as many signings as expected during the summer, manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely be looking to further add to his Tottenham squad in January as he looks to strengthen his side into Premier League title contenders.

'Dutch football is in a crisis' - how a proud nation has been brought to its knees 

Even at the start of the week the Dutch football federation (KNVB) could not say for sure whether the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam will be sold out for Holland’s final World Cup qualifier against Sweden, a game in which their faint hopes of reaching Russia may still just be alive. One of the greatest football nations in the world, placed second and third at the previous two World Cup finals, is in danger of failing to qualify for the second major tournament in succession. Having missed Euro 2016 when it seemed harder not to qualify, Dick Advocaat’s team play Belarus in their penultimate qualifier on Saturday when they must match Sweden’s result against Luxembourg to stay in contention. They will then then hope they can win their final game against the Swedes by a big enough margin to overturn a goal difference deficit that currently stands at six. Next season, for the first time, Dutch clubs will not have an automatic place in any of the Uefa tournaments, instead having to qualify. The last of their great generation of players are old, like Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, both 33, the latter not included in the squad, while the recently recalled Robin van Persie is injured. Ryan Babel has been recalled at the age of 30. The goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is yet to play a minute for Barcelona this season. Holland are losing out on dual-nationality players, like Hakim Ziyech, the Ajax midfielder who now represents Morocco and there is now a chance that Feyenoord’s new signing Sofyan Amrabat will go the same way. The country has tried to reset its own course with the controversial blueprint “Winners of Tomorrow” to transform the domestic game but that KNVB initiative has also deepened tdivides. Casting an expert eye over the situation is one of Dutch football’s best imports and then, after his playing career, one of the game’s finest talent producers. Frank Arnesen was the man responsible for bringing through the likes of Jaap Stam, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Robben when he was technical director at PSV Eindhoven. Having worked at Tottenham and Chelsea where he established the latter’s modern approach to youth development, he is now back on the PSV board. Arnesen says that his own country, Denmark, has experienced the same cyclical problems, but he is blunt when he says that “Dutch football is in a crisis”. “They have lost a lot of good players like Rafael Van der Vaart, Sneijder, Van Persie, Nigel de Jong and the new generation is not good enough.”   One of the recommendations of the “Winners of Tomorrow” report that caught Arnesen’s eye was the absence of a “winning mentality” in young Dutch players. “It was not the technical side - they thought they hadn’t done enough to develop the winning mentality and the physical side. In youth development they are now playing lot of 2 v 2 games to address that. The strategy in the past was never to win games but to develop players.” While Cruyff might have invented modern football, there is much evidence that the Dutch have not stayed at the cutting edge of progress. Arnesen cites the German adaptation of the Dutch 4-3-3 system into one that incorporates a No 10 playmaker and dispenses with the holding midfielder in favour of two box-to-box midfielders. “It would have been impossible for players like [Mesut] Ozil and [Ilkay] Gundogan to come through in Germany 15 years ago. Their players had to be strong. Now other countries are ahead of Holland. Holland are now looking at other countries. They never did that before, it was a case of Holland ahead of everyone.” Frank Arnesen told The Telegraph where he thinks Dutch football is going wrong The declining standards in the Eredivisie have not helped those making the jump to bigger leagues in Europe. The likes of Van Nistelrooy, Stam and Robben were all ready to make an immediate impact when they moved to England. Memphis Depay, one of Manchester United’s worse value-for-money signings of modern times, struggled badly. “Memphis was fantastic for PSV,” Arnesen says. “They won the league because of his goals. At United it was too much for him and it is obviously getting harder for Dutch players.” Arnesen would be too polite to say so but in the last 30 years there has been a recycling of managers for the national team. Of the last 17 appointments going back to 1992, 12 have been the same five men: Rinus Michels, Advocaat (both three); Guus Hiddink, Louis Van Gaal, Leo Beenhakker (all two). Advocaat is proposing his assistant Ruud Gullit as his successor, despite him not having managed in European football for 12 years. “Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord – they are all still producing good players, bit the level of first team football is going down,” Arnesen says. “At the moment the switch from the last generation has not been good enough. But it can change quickly: you only need four to six top players.”

'Dutch football is in a crisis' - how a proud nation has been brought to its knees 

Even at the start of the week the Dutch football federation (KNVB) could not say for sure whether the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam will be sold out for Holland’s final World Cup qualifier against Sweden, a game in which their faint hopes of reaching Russia may still just be alive. One of the greatest football nations in the world, placed second and third at the previous two World Cup finals, is in danger of failing to qualify for the second major tournament in succession. Having missed Euro 2016 when it seemed harder not to qualify, Dick Advocaat’s team play Belarus in their penultimate qualifier on Saturday when they must match Sweden’s result against Luxembourg to stay in contention. They will then then hope they can win their final game against the Swedes by a big enough margin to overturn a goal difference deficit that currently stands at six. Next season, for the first time, Dutch clubs will not have an automatic place in any of the Uefa tournaments, instead having to qualify. The last of their great generation of players are old, like Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, both 33, the latter not included in the squad, while the recently recalled Robin van Persie is injured. Ryan Babel has been recalled at the age of 30. The goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is yet to play a minute for Barcelona this season. Holland are losing out on dual-nationality players, like Hakim Ziyech, the Ajax midfielder who now represents Morocco and there is now a chance that Feyenoord’s new signing Sofyan Amrabat will go the same way. The country has tried to reset its own course with the controversial blueprint “Winners of Tomorrow” to transform the domestic game but that KNVB initiative has also deepened tdivides. Casting an expert eye over the situation is one of Dutch football’s best imports and then, after his playing career, one of the game’s finest talent producers. Frank Arnesen was the man responsible for bringing through the likes of Jaap Stam, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Robben when he was technical director at PSV Eindhoven. Having worked at Tottenham and Chelsea where he established the latter’s modern approach to youth development, he is now back on the PSV board. Arnesen says that his own country, Denmark, has experienced the same cyclical problems, but he is blunt when he says that “Dutch football is in a crisis”. “They have lost a lot of good players like Rafael Van der Vaart, Sneijder, Van Persie, Nigel de Jong and the new generation is not good enough.”   One of the recommendations of the “Winners of Tomorrow” report that caught Arnesen’s eye was the absence of a “winning mentality” in young Dutch players. “It was not the technical side - they thought they hadn’t done enough to develop the winning mentality and the physical side. In youth development they are now playing lot of 2 v 2 games to address that. The strategy in the past was never to win games but to develop players.” While Cruyff might have invented modern football, there is much evidence that the Dutch have not stayed at the cutting edge of progress. Arnesen cites the German adaptation of the Dutch 4-3-3 system into one that incorporates a No 10 playmaker and dispenses with the holding midfielder in favour of two box-to-box midfielders. “It would have been impossible for players like [Mesut] Ozil and [Ilkay] Gundogan to come through in Germany 15 years ago. Their players had to be strong. Now other countries are ahead of Holland. Holland are now looking at other countries. They never did that before, it was a case of Holland ahead of everyone.” Frank Arnesen told The Telegraph where he thinks Dutch football is going wrong The declining standards in the Eredivisie have not helped those making the jump to bigger leagues in Europe. The likes of Van Nistelrooy, Stam and Robben were all ready to make an immediate impact when they moved to England. Memphis Depay, one of Manchester United’s worse value-for-money signings of modern times, struggled badly. “Memphis was fantastic for PSV,” Arnesen says. “They won the league because of his goals. At United it was too much for him and it is obviously getting harder for Dutch players.” Arnesen would be too polite to say so but in the last 30 years there has been a recycling of managers for the national team. Of the last 17 appointments going back to 1992, 12 have been the same five men: Rinus Michels, Advocaat (both three); Guus Hiddink, Louis Van Gaal, Leo Beenhakker (all two). Advocaat is proposing his assistant Ruud Gullit as his successor, despite him not having managed in European football for 12 years. “Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord – they are all still producing good players, bit the level of first team football is going down,” Arnesen says. “At the moment the switch from the last generation has not been good enough. But it can change quickly: you only need four to six top players.”

Eredivisie: AZ Alkmaar 0-4 Feyenoord

Steven Berghuis scored two as Feyenoord kept pace with Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven with a 4-0 thrashing of AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.

Eredivisie: AZ Alkmaar 0-4 Feyenoord

Steven Berghuis scored two as Feyenoord kept pace with Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven with a 4-0 thrashing of AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.

Eredivisie: AZ Alkmaar 0-4 Feyenoord

Steven Berghuis scored two as Feyenoord kept pace with Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven with a 4-0 thrashing of AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.

Watch: PSV Wear #FuerzaMexico Shirts, Show Support for Hirving Lozano

Prior to its match against Utrecht, Dutch club PSV Eindhoven showed support to the Mexican community by wearing #FuerzaMexico shirts on Sunday.

PSV's message of solidarity was led by its own Mexican star, Hirving "Chucky" Lozano, who signed for the club this past summer from Liga MX's Pachuca. Since the devastating earthquake that took more than 300 lives across the nation, #FuerzaMexico has become the main hashtag promoting strength and unity throughout the country.

PSV ended up winning 7-1, thanks to four goals and an assist by 23-year-old star Jürgen Locadia. Lozano also scored in the 40th minute. The win secures the top spot for PSV in the Eredivisie, one point ahead of Heerenveen.

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