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Monday, 5 August, 2002, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Division Two's rising stars
Crewe striker Dean Ashton in action against Everton in last season's FA Cup
Ashton (left) is a strong, talented young striker

BBC Sport Online looks at several talented footballers ready to take Division Two by storm.

Dean Ashton - Crewe Alexandra

Crewe manager Dario Gradi has a reputation for producing quality players - but Ashton might just prove to be his greatest achievement.

Ashton, now 19, made his debut as a 16-year-old and scored eight League goals in 13 starts in his first season.

Few experts who have seen him in action doubt that Ashton will make it to the very top level.

He is two-footed, strong, good in the air and an extremely mature player for his tender years.

Nathan Ellington - Wigan

Ellington, known as the Duke, burst on the scene with Bristol Rovers after joining them from non-league Walton.

He scored 44 goals in 95 appearances for Rovers - including a hat-trick against Derby County in an FA Cup tie.

Nathan Ellington in pre-season action for Wigan
Ellington has joined Wigan from Bristol Rovers
Bradford-born Ellington joined Wigan for 1.2m on transfer deadline day last season and Latics supporters hope his goals will fire their team to promotion.

Still only 21, Ellington has all the attributes a striker needs to succeed - raw pace, power and an instinctive eye for goal.

Jonathan Daly - Stockport

Daly is another young striker sure to attract the interest of Premiership clubs.

Stockport's Jon Daly
Daly is raw but exciting
The Irishman, signed from Cherry Orchard, made his debut in 1999, becoming the second-youngest Stockport player.

Last season Daly, now 19, made 17 League appearances, developing his all-round game.

Daly is set to play a prominent this coming campaign as Carlton Palmer's team try and win promotion back to Division One at the first attempt.

Lourenco da Silva - Oldham

Da Silva recently arrived on a season's loan from Sporting Lisbon.

He is 19-years-old and has arrived at Boundary Park to gain first-team experience.

Da Silva has already tasted international honours, having been capped for Portugal at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level.

He was one of the stars of the 2001 Toulon tournament, scoring three goals as his team romped to victory.

Derek Asamoah - Northampton Town

Ghanaian-born Asamoah is still extremely raw but has just signed a new deal with the Cobblers and many expect him to emerge over the coming season.

Derek Asamoah in action for Northampton
Asamoah is small but quick and skilful
Asamoah is hardly the tallest of strikers at just 5 ft 6 in, but he has electric pace and mazy dribbling skills.

The 21-year-old is also extremely tenacious.

After starting out with spells at non-league Hampton & Richmond and Slough Town, Asamoah eventually got a trial at Northampton and impressed boss Kevan Broadhurst enough to earn a contract.

Terrell Forbes - QPR

Forbes is a powerful defender who can play either at right-back or centre-half.

Terrell Forbes in action against Notts County last season
Forbes is a committed defender
Rangers picked him up on a free transfer from West Ham and the 20-year-old quickly established himself in the first-team at Loftus Road.

Forbes is not yet the finished article and is prone to the odd lapse of concentration.

But he has pace and has demonstrated an aptitude for man-marking.

He was Rangers Player of the Year last season.

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