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Ahead of the new season we look at 10 potential Premier League breakthrough stars.

RAVEL MORRISON (Manchester United)

The 18-year-old is regarded as United's brightest young star since Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs but unfortunately the only headlines he has managed to generate so far revolve around court appearances. However, United have stuck with the troubled teenager, indication alone of his talent, who has played for England from under-16 to under-18 level and made his first-team debut last October.

RAHEEM STERLING (Liverpool)

Despite not being 17 until December, the winger made huge strides in Liverpool's youth team last season and even travelled in the Europa League squad to Prague, although he did not make the bench.

HALLAM HOPE (Everton)

An England youth team-mate of Sterling, the 17-year-old striker has every chance of succeeding at Goodison Park where manager David Moyes is not afraid to give youngsters a chance and there always seem to be opportunities because of injuries in a relatively small squad.

EMMANUEL FRIMPONG (Arsenal)

The 19-year-old should have already had his breakthrough season but a cruciate ligament injury last August put paid to that. Along with Jack Wilshere the defensive midfielder starred at last summer's Emirates Cup and should make a belated first-team debut in the coming campaign.

JACK COLBACK (Sunderland)

The midfielder's Premier League debut as a 20-year-old substitute in May 2010 lasted 12 minutes before he was sent off. After a second loan spell at Ipswich he returned to make 12 first-team appearances, seven of which were starts, in the second half of the season.

SHANE FERGUSON (Newcastle)

The defender joined the Magpies' academy at 16 from Derry City and made his first-team debut last August in the Carling Cup, winning his first Premier League appearance in January. He signed a new five-year contract in May and looks set to establish himself in the first-team squad this season.

PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (Chelsea)

Van Aanholt has found progress difficult as his way into the first team, for whom he made two substitute appearances in the 2009-10 season, has been blocked by Ashley Cole. However, the 20-year-old is rated highly at the club and was given a new four-year contract in May.

GARY GARDNER (Aston Villa)

With new manager Alex McLeish looking to freshen up the side Gardner, brother of former Villa academy graduate Craig, could be the one to benefit. The midfielder returned from a serious knee injury late last year to put in some impressive performances for the reserves.

TOM EAVES (Bolton)

Signed from Oldham last summer, the 19-year-old striker spent last season in the reserves where his goalscoring tally reached double figures and he could well be integrated into the fringe of the first team this time around.

ANDROS TOWNSEND (Tottenham)

The winger scored on his first-team debut in the FA Cup third-round tie against Charlton in what many felt was a man-of-the-match performance. Has spent the last couple of years being loaned out to lower-league teams - impressing latterly at Millwall.

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