Will Bafana Bafana's new dawn include South Africans in England?

Will Bafana Bafana's new dawn include South Africans in England?
From ESPN - April 15, 2018

South African coach Stuart Baxter has been in England casting an eye over a number of potential young stars for the national side as he looks to assess his overseas options for the coming years and refresh the Bafana Bafana squad.

In this feature, KwesESPN profile five England-based players who may be on his radar, although some are still working their way towards professional football.


Born in Blackpool but with a South African grandfather, Barkhuizen has been a revelation for Preston North End in the Championship.

The 24-year-old, who can play on the wing or as a central striker, had eight goals in 40 starts for Preston this season ahead of this weekend after earning a regular spot following a move from League Two Morecombe.

Preston look as though they will finish in mid-table in the Championship this season, but may well battle to hold on to one of their prized assets.


The son of former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett, Tyrique has made huge strides at Newcastle this season and has been asked to train with the first team on occasion as manager Rafa Benitez assesses his potential.

The 19-year-old is quite a different player from his father, tall and more of a targetman, with his minutes for the Magpies this season coming for the Under-23s.

He has already played for the junior national sides for South Africa and is certainly one to watch.



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