From Grealish to Schumacher: 10 sporting stars to watch in 2021


A take a look at the names who might make the right impression next year.(*10 *).

The post- coronavirus sporting rise makes sure to bless a new star name in 2021, with both the postponed European Champions and Tokyo Olympics taking centre phase.(*10 *).

Here the PA news firm chooses 10 professional athletes whose profile is most likely to sky-rocket in the next 12 months, from those already on the cusp of achievement to others who are preparing to emerge.(*10 *).


Jack Grealish has stood out for club and nation (Ian Walton/PA)

Driving force of a victorious Euro 2020 campaign, or another major skill predestined to watch from the sidelines? Only Gareth Southgate understands the response as he looks for a way to accommodate the mercurial Aston Rental property midfielder within his regular England line-up. Whatever his fate, the development of Grealish over the next 12 months is ensured to be engaging.(*10 *).

Lauren James

Lauren James is among the English game’s fastest-rising stars (Barry Coombs/PA)

The 19-year-old has showed among the fastest-rising stars of a new generation of women’s footballers. James signed her first expert contract with Manchester United in December in 2015 and ended up the season as their leading scorer. Having also broken through into the England ranks, she is set to play a major part in preparations for Euro 2022.(*10 *).

James Botham

James Botham (centre) is making waves for Wales (David Davies/PA)

Shaking off the inescapable pressure that includes having a British sporting icon for a grandpa, James Botham made his Wales debut against Georgia in the Fall Nations Cup in November. The 22-year-old pleased adequate to keep his place in Wayne Pivac’s plans and raise the possibility of another establishing chapter in his family’s exceptional sporting odyssey.(*10 *).

Rasmus Hojgaard

Rasmus Hojgaard is looking to make a big impression in 2021 (David Davies/PA)

Danish teen Rasmus Hojgaard has already got golf fans seeing double after a spectacular start to his expertcareer Hojgaard– whose twin sibling Nicolai is also an expert– has already won 2 European Trip occasions and been hailed as one of the sport’s capacity future stars by his compatriot and former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.(*10 *).

Jannik Sinner

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— Jannik Sinner (@janniksin) September 16, 2020(*10 *).

Sinner is by typical agreement the next big thing in men’s tennis after an outstanding development season in 2020. The 19-year-old reached the quarter- finals of the French Open at his first effort, and settled the year by ending up being the youngest player in 12 years to win an ATP title, at the Sofia Open. With appreciation from Roger Federer ringing in his ears, the Italian is in a strong position to keep climbing up.(*10 *).

Issy Wong

Teen Wong, who is intent on ending up being the first female to sign up an 80mph fast-ball, is the increasing star of England cricket. Wong made her first expert contract in 2020 and trained with the England team, although she was neglected of the squad for the series against the West Indies to provide her more time to establish. Her time is now.(*10 *).

Frazer Clarke

Frazer Clarke hopes to follow in Anthony Joshua’s steps (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Burton super-heavyweight will look to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and imitate the likes of Audley Harrison and Anthony Joshua. Like his predecessors, he comes geared up with bullish confidence and a variety of concerns that still need to be addressed. He might not be the greatest medal hope in the GB Boxing team, however he is perhaps the most interesting.(*10 *).

Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith is gunning to make more history (Mike Egerton/PA)

In addition to heptathlon star and fellow world champ Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Asher-Smith is at the leading edge of a new generation of British sports success. Already the fastest British female sprinter in history, she will head into the postponed Tokyo Olympics with a sensible possibility of also ending up being the first to base on top of the podium with a gold medal around her neck.(*10 *).

Alice Tai

Alice Tai won 7 world gold medals in 2015 (Simon Cooper/PA)

After declaring 2 medals on her Olympic debut in Rio, Tai rubber-stamped her status as one of the world’s leading Paralympic swimmers when she swept the board with 7 gold medals at last year’s World Champions in London. In spite of fighting to stay active during the long coronavirus shutdown, Tai is in line to return with a similarly-sized container of medals from Tokyo.(*10 *).

Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher deals with a complicated job in his first full F1 season (David Davies/PA)

With a name like like his, there is no place to conceal. The child of the seven-time world champ got his first taste of F1 action when he participated in practice in Abu Dhabi and has signed a multi-year contract with Haas. Schumacher has already revealed peeks of the exact same high-octane approach and brave will to win that led to his daddy being commonly hailed at the best of perpetuity.(*10 *).

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