For many football fans, there is nothing more exciting and more pleasing than seeing a young player make his breakthrough into senior football.
Some make their debut, but falter when it comes to consistency. Others flourish, and take the football world by storm.
Here, we will take a look at just a handful of prospects plying their trade in Britain and beyond. Who will make 2015 their year?
By Conor Carroll – Lead Football Writer – @mrstability
Kurt Zouma – Chelsea
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With the Carling Cup final having just in the bag there’s no better place to start than with young Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma. The Frenchman finally made his big money move in the summer to Chelsea after agreeing seeing out his loan at former club St Etienne, but fans of the London club and English football alike haven’t seen much of their young signing. That was until the cup final.
Zouma dominated the Spurs midfield in the anchor position usually occupied by NemanjaMatic. Although his passing wasn’t perfect, his tackles and overall performance won him rave reviews. With John Terry reaching the end of his illustrious career, Zouma looks like he is more than ready to make the step up to the Chelsea starting eleven – bringing with him an abundance of pace and power.