James Bree: The man looking to follow in the footsteps of Stones and Holgate


The young right-back could be the next big success, writes Sam May.

Bree, 19, has emerged as the latest sensation to emerge from the Barnsley academy which has seen Manchester City’s John Stones and Everton’s Mason Holgate graduate from. Wakefield-born Bree, who is 6ft, has great awareness, calm under pressure and is good in the air.

There is no question the youngster has bags of potential, but has suffered for regular playing time due to injuries. He is a mature and a rare talent, who will sure have Premier League scouts already flocking. With great crossing ability, he also has a passing technique like an already experienced full back.

He also has prefect timing and knows when the best time to deliver a cross into the danger is, so he is able to read the game well. The pacy player is continuing to grow and is putting injuries behind him as he looks to improve further.

Being a versatile player, he can also play in central midfield, and is similar to that of Tottenham’s Eric Dier. Bree, became Barnsley’s second youngest player at the age of 17, back in 2014, in his clubs 3-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

Valued at £2 million, he is a bargain and a risk worth taking. Expect his price tag to rise in a year or two when clubs come calling and cement interest in the bright starlet. He has a contract at Oakwell until June 30 2017.

He has the attitude and ability and will continue to develop into a young star, having made 14 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Teams such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton could benefit from his services. Swansea, may also be interested having snapped up 22-year-old centre-back Alfie Mawson from Barnsley last summer.


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