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One of the brightest prospects to come out of Leeds for some time, Dominic Poleon has had Leeds putting their wallets back in their pockets and has gave them real optimism of a real star in the making. This season he’s already impressed, scoring in the Capital One Cup 1st Round against Chesterfield. Leeds boss, Brian McDermott has admitted despite his talent, he still needs to improve his all round game: “Dominic has lots of potential, we’re trying to turn him into the all round player he can be”. Although he is primarily a winger, Poleon can also act as a striker. Perhaps he could be the answer to Leeds’ goalscoring woes of recent seasons.
While much of the talk is of Will Hughes, Derby have another starlet in 17-year-old Mason Bennett. A powerful striker, his presence is much more imposing than a typical 17-year old. After making his debut in 2011 against Middlesbrough at just 15, he’s been limited to cameo appearances. His talent was highlighted in them cameos, he scored a memorable first for Derby against Tranmere in the FA Cup 3rd Round. Derby manager, Nigel Clough, claimed it was the highlight of the match as Derby won 5-0.
After impressing at Portsmouth & Oldham last season, Jordan Obita could finally break into the Reading first team the season. One of the most exciting loan signings of League One last season, Portsmouth were reliant on his influence as they struggled for the early past of the season and Oldham extended his loan deal as he propelled them from danger with some quality performances. Yet to make his Reading league debut, this season could be the year for Nigel Adkins to use him as the Royals ‘secret weapon’.
A former England youth international, Jordan Cousins marked his Charlton debut with a goal at Barnsley. A competent holding midfielder & centre back, Jordan Cousins successfully captained England u16’s to the Victory Shield in 2009. After scoring his first Charlton goal, he admitted it was a dream: “It was a dream, I will remember this game for the rest of my life”. After being accused of rape just over a year ago, Jordan Cousins may now be able to let his football do the talking rather than accusations.
Nephew of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson, Ben Gibson is a young defender with veterinary tendencies. After being the lynchpin of a Tranmere side that lead League One for so long last season, he has fit in immediately in with Rhys Williams & Jonathan Woodgate in the Middlesbrough defence in the early season. Speaking in December last year,Middlesbrough manager, Tony Mowbray claimed that the youngster is a focused individual: ” Ben is a very, very mature guy, who knows what he wants from his career.” Tipped by some to be the next Middlesbrough captain, Ben Gibson is worth keeping an eye on this season.