From Gomez to Reine-Adelaide: Five EPL youngsters to watch

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Hottest prospects in the Premier League this season.

From Ryan Giggs to Harry Kane via Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Premier League has proved a breeding ground for some of European football's biggest stars.

Ahead of the start of the 2015-16 season we select five teenage players seeking to grab a share of the limelight.

Brendan Galloway (19, Everton)

Everton supporters got their first glimpse of Galloway at the back end of last season when he started their final two league matches.

Born in Zimbabwe, he moved to England at the age of six and joined Everton in 2014 following a spell with Milton Keynes Dons, for whom he made his debut aged just 15.

It is thought that Everton manager Roberto Martinez intends to ease him into senior football at left-back, but should John Stones depart, Galloway may be given an opportunity to stake a claim for a first-team place at centre-back.

Joe Gomez (18, Liverpool)

Gomez only joined Liverpool in June, arriving from Charlton Athletic in a 5 million euros deal, but British newspaper reports claim he could feature in the starting XI when Brendan Rodgers takes his team to Stoke City on Sunday after impressing his coaches in pre-season.

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The England Under-19 international has predominantly played at right-back and centre-back in his career to date, but he has turned out at left-back in Liverpool's warm-up games.

"Ideally, centre-back is my main position, but I'm happy to play right-back or left-back if the manager believes I can help the team there," Gomez told local newspaper the Liverpool Echo.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (19, Chelsea)

A tall, elegant central midfielder, Loftus-Cheek was a driving force last season as Chelsea claimed success in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.

He was also granted a handful of first-team appearances, coming off the bench in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in January and starting against Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in May.

He was publicly rebuked by Jose Mourinho for a careless display in a post-season friendly against Sydney FC, but that only suggested that the Chelsea manager has bigger plans for him this season.

"I listened to what the manager said," Loftus-Cheek said. "I wasn't at the level I need to be and I need to do better if I want to play for Chelsea."

Andreas Pereira (19, Manchester United)

A Belgium-born Brazilian youth international, Pereira joined United from PSV Eindhoven in 2011 and could be set for a breakthrough season after impressing during the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

Competition for midfield places is fiercer than ever at Old Trafford, but manager Louis van Gaal's record of promoting young players suggests Pereira may get chances to impress. Pereira made two first-team appearances last season and signed a new three-year contract in May.

"Andreas has all the attributes to become an integral part of the first team: great natural talent, coupled with a good appetite to learn," said Van Gaal.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide (17, Arsenal)

The Emirates Cup pre-season friendly tournament tends to offer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a chance to blood promising players from the club's youth set-up and this year it was the turn of French attacking midfielder Reine-Adelaide to thrill the fans at the Emirates Stadium.

After a cameo in a 6-0 win over Lyon, he started the decisive game against Wolfsburg and created the only goal of the match with a forward dart followed by a measured through ball for Theo Walcott.

Wenger has described the former Lens player as "something special" and ruled out sending him out on loan in order to keep close tabs on his development.

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#360Fans: Where to watch the 2015-16 Premier League in the UAE

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Manchester United, Arsenal & Liverpool will be challenging for the title.

The Premier League is followed fanatically in the UAE so to help residents and visitors alike find fellow fans to watch the 2015-16 season, Sport360 has compiled the ultimate guide to the EPL's UAE Supporters' Clubs. 

N.B. For fans of Leicester, Stoke, Swansea, West Brom, Watford and new boys Bournemouth, we're afraid that UAE Supporters' Clubs do not yet exist or have gone into hiding. There's a gap in the market though! 


Velocity Bar in JW Marquis Marriott is the official home of Arsenal in UAE.

How they were founded: At the start of the 2009-10 season, Arsenal fan David Price wondered just how many other Gunners supporters could be living and working in Dubai. After the club informed him that two other supporters had asked about setting up a group, David and his newly-formed committee began to trawl the bars of Dubai looking out for whoever celebrated when Arsenal scored. This went on for around a year before the Gunners finally gave official status; in September, 2010, Arsenal UAE was born.

Where they watch games: Velocity Bar in JW Marquis Marriott, Business Bay is the official home of Arsenal UAE's Dubai Branch. The Arsenal UAE Abu Dhabi branch's official home is at Harvester's Bar at Holiday Inn, Electra Street.

Twitter: @AFCUAE
Facebook: Arsenal UAE


Dubai Lions: Centre Circle pub, Ramada Chelsea hotel, Al Barsha.

How they were founded: The Dubai Lions is a relatively new supporters' club, having had no presence in Dubai until November, 2014.  What started as just three Villans getting together for a drink has swelled to over 40 for the big games in just nine months.  A more passionate bunch of guys and girls, the Dubai Lions welcome new faces and are keen on organising match-day events. An officially registered Lions Club with Villa Park, they've even had some guest appearances by ex-Villa stars such as Derek Mountfield and Ian Taylor – what an endorsement! 

Where they watch games: Centre Circle pub, Ramada Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha.  Great atmosphere, dedicated seating for Villa fans and 15% off the bill for good measure!

Twitter:  DubaiLionsAVFC
Facebook: DubaiLionsAVFC


Loca at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa plays host to Chelsea fans.

How they were founded: The club was formed in 2001 by 16 intrepid souls hopping from venue to venue on a Saturday afternoon. Initially only the official supporters' club for Dubai, the group's success saw Chelsea expand the mandate to cover the whole of the UAE. As the years rolled on, the club grew and there are now close to 1,000 known Chelsea fans in the UAE. 

Where they watch games: Loca in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa in Jumeirah 1.

Twitter: @UAECSC
Facebook: UAECSC


Crystal Palace fans can be found at Loca Restaurant in Dubai.

How they were founded: CPFC Dubai Supporters Club was formed in 2012 by Ben McBride the manager of Loca Restaurant and Bar. Since then the club has grown significantly to over 230 fans in UAE and they always make a big noise on gameday. 

Where they watch games: Loca Restaurant and Bar at Dubai Marine Beach Resort.

Facebook: CPFCDubai


Everton fans supporting their team in Dubai.

How they were founded: Everton Fans Dubai are an official supporters club of the Premier League side and have over 200 followers in the Emirate. 

Where they watch games: McGettigan's DWTC, Dubai.

Twitter: Everton_Dubai


Gameday for the Dubai Reds at Goodfellas.

How they were founded: The Dubai arm of the Official Liverpool Supporters' Club came into existence in 2006 thanks to the hard work, persistence and dedication of Bob Kabli and Russell Overy. Official affiliation came in late 2006 and within a short time the club went from strength to strength and a website was set up, in addition to a more formal membership scheme. The club is now well established and currently has over 400 active members.

Where they watch games:  Goodfellas Sports Bar, Ramee Rose Hotel, Tecom, Dubai.

Twitter: @dubaireds
Facebook: Dubai Reds


The Citizens gather at Mcgettigans, in Abu Dhabi.

How they were founded: Abu Dhabi Blues was founded in 2009 after Darren Ball relocated to UAE from Rotterdam – where he was part of the official supporters club there too. Darren saw the formulation of the club as the normal thing to do given that he is from Manchester and new of a few Blues already in the area. 

Where they watch games:  Mcgettigans, Khalifa City A. They also do "away games" at other supporters club bars around Abu Dhabi – announced through the club's Facebook. 

Facebook: Manchester City Abu Dhabi  Blues


It's always a packed house for Manchester United games in UAE.

How they were founded: MUSC UAE was formed back in 2006 by a couple of fans who wanted to watch games together and became officially recognised by Manchester United in 2010.

Where they watch games: Harvesters Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. For United fans in Abu Dhabi, it is Coopers Bar at the Park Rotana. The club is also working on another option in Dubai that will cater to fans under 21.

Twitter: @MUSC_UAE
Facebook: MUSCUAE


Newcastle United's Toon Army in Dubai.

How they were founded: The group only became active in 2010 as a Facebook group. They set out to give the fans a platform to discuss the team and where and when to watch matches in Dubai. They now enjoy over 200 members and meet regularly to watch the Toon play.

Where they watch games: Center Circle in Chelsea Ramada by Mall of the Emirates.

Facebook: Newcastle United Supporters Club Dubai 


UAE Canaries pre-match festivities with Michael and Delia!

How they were founded: UAE Canaries was formed in July 2009 after founding member Philip Bray moved to Dubai and the UAE Canaries are now signed up with the club's official charter.

Where they watch games: Crown & Lion, Byblos Hotel in Tecom, Dubai.

Facebook: UAE Canaries


Barasti Beach Bar houses the Dubai Saints Southampton fans.

How they were founded: Three Southampton fans were independently wearing Saints' 125th anniversary shirts at the Dubai Desert Classsic in 2010. The trio met randomly, had a drink, and became Dubai Saints.

Where they watch games:  Barasti Beach Bar is Dubai Saints' home pub; the club meet inside the main bar for all games.

Twitter: @dubaisaints
Facebook: Dubai Saints


Sunderland supporters at Champs Bar in Tecom.

How they were founded: This supporter's group caters for all Sunderland fans in the Arabian peninsula with members in the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia. They now have around 50 members regionally and as well as watching the matches they run a Facebook page for general Sunderland news and banter.

Where they watch games: Champs Bar, Boutique 7 Hotel, Tecom for all Saturday and Sunday games.

Facebook: Sunderland AFC Supporters Club UAE


Spurs fans getting into the swing of things at Icon in Radisson Blu.

How they were founded: Founding member Raad Jaboori arrived in Dubai in 2002 and used to watch Tottenham games at the Boston Bar (Jumeirah Rotana Hotel) with one other fan. It wasn’t until 2009 that a group of 'Spurs fans started organising meet-ups to watch games in the Marina and JBR areas. Unbeknown to them, there was another group of supporters watching the games at the Crown & Anchor (Jumeirah Beach Hotel). They merged and have been growing in numbers ever since.

Where they watch games: Icon Bar, Radisson Blu, Media City.

Facebook: UAESpurs
Website: UAE Spurs


West Ham fans in Dubai greet big Sam Allardyce.

How they were founded: Although there have been smaller, non-official Dubai Hammers groups spread around for many years, the official supporters club formed in May 2012 for the Championship Play-Off Final. Thanks to events such as the private training session when the full squad came to Dubai, Hammers now have over 350 members. Their membership package includes a 20% discount card for Media Rotana and a unique Dubai Hammers t-shirt, as well as a few other perks. 

Where they watch games:  Nelson's – Media Rotana, Dubai. Their CEO is a Hammers fan and the staff in Nelson's bar cannot do enough for the club. This season, the Dubai Hammers have a dedicated and decorated Legends Lounge set aside for members, with complimentary Chip Butties at half time!

Twitter: @DubaiHammers
Facebook: DubaiHammers

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Pedro is not as good as Di Maria, but he ticks every box for United

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The ideal man: Pedro would be a perfect fit for Manchester United.

As the anger and frustration begins to subside post-Angel Di Maria’s departure from Manchester United, attention will switch to who the club will turn to next. Or, to be put more plainly, all eyes will be on Pedro.

For some at United, there will be an underwhelming feeling at the prospect of the Barcelona forward trading Camp Nou for Old Trafford.

Others, meanwhile, will be excited for the arrival of a player they’ve seen fit seamlessly, for the most part, into one of the best teams in the world. The truth? Pedro is somewhere in between.

In a direct comparison as a player, he’s a considerable downgrade on Di Maria. Pedro lacks both the individual acumen and creative brilliance that the departing Argentine possesses.

The ability to switch a game in an instant, offer up a piece of thought the other 19 outfield players on the field could not.

There is an air of unpredictability about Di Maria’s game few can hold a candle to. It makes him an asset in most teams, but Manchester United are not most teams. They are one managed by Louis van Gaal.

Di Maria’s days at United seemed doomed from the outset. Not because the player so clearly wasn’t enamoured with the idea of leaving Real Madrid, but that his skill set brought a direct conflict with the Dutchman’s methods.

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The essence of Di Maria’s game goes against everything Van Gaal stands for. It’s why others, such as Juan Roman Riquelme and Rivaldo, fell foul of the Iron Tulip. Gifted and glamorous: Yes. But not known for their collective nous.

This brings us to Pedro’s strengths and why, despite not being an improvement individually on Di Maria, he will be a marked improvement for the system of Van Gaal. It’s not just a canny or astute move, it is a move for the better. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife born forward suits the Van Gaal way.

The arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger fit the same mould; though doubts remain about his injuries, the presence of the German in the midfield and the dressing room gives Van Gaal another foundation on which to build his transformation of United.

Pedro’s role in the system could well be vital, given he will understand it better than most. Whether United switch between a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 – the latter of which Van Gaal has said he favours– Pedro fits in perfectly.

Pep Guardiola once remarked few of his players understood playing as part of a 4-3-3 formation better, giving an appreciative nod to how the player can perform every duty with ease and suitable execution.

In the age of control and conformism at Old Trafford, Pedro is an ideal solution to a host of problems that quickly need addressing. His deployment hands Van Gaal a reliable presence in the team, a player made in the mould of what he likes.

From an attacking point of view his ability to dribble and drive at opponents, without the sort of reckless abandon associated with Di Maria, offers more security.

In terms of pure finishing, his 98 goals in 318 appearances is an impressive tally from a wide berth. The timing of his runs, and his taking up of positions to retain width, are also noticeable. He can spring on the counter but, as a Barcelona player, knows how to unhinge a deep-lying defence too.

Defensively, there is also an understanding of the role – something that cannot be understated when it comes to Van Gaal. Pedro is a workhorse, and would become a strategically placed soldier in the Dutchman’s system.

He can track back, come inside to provide a more compact presence, and hustle in the attacking third as the first line of defence. His energy and commitment on the field will be a vast improvement on Di Maria, who on the back foot has a very narrow perspective of the game.

United are not making a marquee signing here, they are making a sensible one. Pedro has his limitations, he’s not spectacular or a match-winner, and at times there will need to be an understanding of this.

Just because he came from Barcelona doesn’t mean he should be expected to dazzle. Instead he will satisfy, and maybe even impress. After what has gone before with Di Maria, this could well be enough.

Pedro ticks every box being checked by Van Gaal, and there a few players on the market capable of such a thing.

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