Three Academy-Produced Players That Could Be Moved On In The Premier League This Summer
There is nothing better from a fan’s perspective than to see an academy players work their way through the ranks to make a name for themselves in the first team. There have been numerous examples of this happening over the course of the last couple of seasons, with Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Declan Rice all becoming first-team regulars for their respective clubs.
However, sometimes things don’t work out exactly as fans would have hoped, and unfortunately, the players that have spent the majority of their lives with clubs are moved on. But, which players could have had their final chance as the 2020 summer transfer window approaches?
This summer could finally see the end of Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United career. The attacking midfielder has been at the club since he was eight, but he will likely find first-team opportunities harder to come by next season following the exemplary start to his Manchester United career for Bruno Fernandes.
Lingard has still been given chances throughout the season, but he has failed to take them. Fans have already turned against the England international, and United will likely part ways with the 27-year-old should the right offer come in. This season has been a huge disappointment for Lingard, as he has scored just two goals in 35 games. Possible destinations for Lingard include Leicester City and Everton.
According to SpursForLife.com, Luke Amos could have had his final chance at Tottenham Hotspur. The 23-year-old has been sent out on loan this season. He has spent the 2019-20 season with Queens Park Rangers. His performances in the Championship have been impressive, as he has scored two goals in 26 games. But, he will likely find first-team opportunities hard to come by when he returns to Spurs in the summer.
Tottenham have already added Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to their ranks over the past year, and competition is fierce with Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier also vying for starting positions. He has only made one appearance for Spurs, with that coming from the bench in a fixture against Newcastle United. He sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2018, which means Spurs may begin to listen to offers for Amos. His most likely destination will be with a club in the Championship.
There could be a huge decision to make this summer for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as he could decide to leave Chelsea in order to play regular first-team football. Chelsea will likely want to keep the 24-year-old, but should Loftus-Cheek have hopes of playing for England in the Euros next summer, then he will have to leave.
The Blues are attempting to bring in a new attacking midfielder over the summer, which will mean that Loftus-Cheek will fall further down the pecking order. He could potentially play deeper, but he will still be playing second fiddle to Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. There will be a host of Premier League sides that will be keen to sign Loftus-Cheek, but it will likely take a fee in the region of £20 million to prize him away from the Blues.