4 – Marcus Rashford
Few had heard of the name Marcus Rashford before the latter stages of last season, but he certainly put his name on the map with a series of illustrious performances.
The 18-year-old found himself starting for Manchester United after several injuries to key players, and his stand out performances last season came against the Gunners where he scored two goals and gave the entire Arsenal back line the runaround.
At such a young age, Rashford played with freedom and this certainly showed in his performances, he was running at defenders with no fear and turning out to be a real problem on the pitch for the opposition as they struggled to handle his ideas and raw ability.
In his breakthrough campaign he went on to score five goals in 11 appearances, including the all-important winner against Manchester City after cool close control saw him open in the box before calmly slotting past Joe Hart.
The young striker’s prolific form was rewarded as he was picked to represent England at the Euros, although he played hardly any minutes, he still showcased his ability in a duo of short cameos, with delightful dribbling abilities gliding past defenders and always being positive with the ball.
Rashford’s breakthrough season couldn’t have gone any better after finding himself starting week in week out and winning the FA Cup too. He is still very raw, but scored 0.53 goals per 90 minutes last season which is simply fantastic for such a young forward. Not only was he a specialist at scoring goals, Rashford also found himself creating 0.63 chances per 90 which led to the youngster bagging 0.21 assists.
Pacey, skillful, determined and fearless, they’re four words I would use to describe Rashford. Not just a clinical goal-scorer, he is also a creator, poacher and athlete all rolled into one.
The dazzling 18-year-old has colossal potential and could certainly retain his number one spot at United next season, working under the influence of Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic he will only improve.