With the season in full swing, now more than ever we’re talking about the Premier League’s established stars like Salah and De Bruyne but soon enough the current crop of Premier League greats will have to make way for the stars of tomorrow.
So, who is your club’s most promising teenager?
Arsenal: Bukayo Saka
The 19-year-old left-back is not only Arsenal’s most promising teenager but one of England’s too having already made his international debut under Gareth Southgate. In truth, Saka has been one of the few bright sparks in a shoddy season at the Emirates. He has scored and created some important goals to get the Gunners back on track whilst his work-rate and progression continues to impress. A future Premier League and England star for sure.
Aston Villa: Louie Barry
How many 17-year-olds can claim to have scored against the Premier League Champions? Well Barry can. The young striker calmly poached a goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup at the start of 2021 and it promises to be one of many. He already has great pedigree having be signed by Barcelona at the age of 16. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him there but Barcelona’s loss is Villa’s gain.
Brighton: Reda Khadra
Khadra is another youngster who has already been at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. The German spent four years at Borussia Dortmund before making the move to the Amex. He may well go onto be an impressive signing given the fact he’s played for Germany’s youth sides and promises much in attack as either a winger or attacking midfielder.
Burnley: Max Thompson
Much has been made of fellow youngster Lewis Richardson, but his recent injury struggles has sapped some of his potential. Max Thompson has had no such troubles. The centre-forward has grabbed a fair few goals for the Under 23s this season and could soon be tasked with poaching goals for Sean Dyche’s first team.
Chelsea: Billy Gilmour
The Scottish midfielder is perhaps one of the most promising young midfielders in the world at the moment. He caught the eye last season in an FA Cup triumph against eventual Premier League Champions Liverpool. Since then, he’s overcome injury and continued to impress. We can only hope Thomas Tuchel gives him the same opportunities as Frank Lampard otherwise the Scot may not fulfil his potential.
Crystal Palace: Jadan Raymond
Despite interest from the likes of Benfica and Valencia, Raymond remains at Selhurst Park and the Palace faithful should be very grateful. If the interest shows us anything, it’s that they have a future talent on their books. Should he remain in London, the Premier League and Palace could have a sublime midfielder on their hands soon enough.
Everton: Jarrad Branthwaite
On the 14th January, Branthwaite moved to Blackburn on loan. I fancy the move to be a success for the centre-back and allow him to garner some much needed experience. The move demonstrates the faith Everton have in the youngster and given Blackburn’s recent success at blooding on loan youngsters, it could be a move that benefits him and the Rovers. He already has some experience in the lower league having made 12 appearances for home town club Carlisle.
Fulham: Jay Stansfield
The Fulham forward would likely have made many more appearances for the London club had he not suffered an ankle injury which kept him out until January. That said, he has already made his debut for Fulham having made appearances in last year’s FA Cup and Fulham’s promotion campaign. His potential is there for all to see at Under 18s however where he averages over a goal per game.
Leeds United: Joe Geldhart
The Liverpool born striker has impressed in the Premier League 2 this campaign. In his 9 appearances he’s scored 5 goals. The striker already has first team experience with former club Wigan. He made his debut all the way back in August 2018 and has since featured in the Championship even scoring against Hull City. He made 18 appearances for Athletic before moving to Leeds. Wigan were sorry to see him go.
Leicester: Luke Thomas
Despite only being 19, Thomas has featured for Leicester in both the Premier League and Europa League even scoring in the latter. Having made his Prem debut last term, he’s gone onto make a handful of appearances this season and boasts decent stats for a left back including 14 recoveries, 16 duels won and 9 clearances.
Liverpool: Harvey Elliott
Many people expected the 17-year-old to struggle in the Championship, but the winger has proven his immense talent at Blackburn. Since joining the Championship side he’s impressed with 4 goals and 8 assists leaving him top of the league’s assists and big chances created. Last year he made his Premier League debut and could be seen as Salah’s natural replacement given the class he clearly brings from the same position.
Manchester City: Liam Delap
City’s 5-2 defeat to Leicester was a dark day in an otherwise rosy season for the Premier League leaders. However, it marked the league debut of striker Liam Delap. The youngster played around 40 minutes at the Etihad that day having already scored his first first-team goal against Bournemouth in September 2020. In the years to come, he may answer the questions looming over City’s striking options.
Manchester United: Mason Greenwood
This one’s an obvious one. The United striker hasn’t had the best season, but his goal against Liverpool in the Cup was proof of his obvious class. The 19-year-old made his debut two seasons ago and last year impressed scoring 10 goals in 31 Prem appearances. Soon enough he may be a name synonymous with the England side.
Newcastle: Elliot Anderson
Another youngster to have featured in the Premier League this season, Anderson is a player the Newcastle faithful could come to love in future years. The midfielder only made a brief league debut on the 18th January but it’s likely to be the first of many.
Sheffield United: Antwoine Hackford
Blades fans might be wishing Hackford was just a few years older to solve their attacking problems. Despite being 16, the striker was handed a Premier League debut this season against Crystal Palace. He’s also made a fair few appearances at international level for the likes of England Under 15s and Under 16s.
Southampton: Ryan Finnigan
At the end of last year, Southampton proved Finnigan’s potential by offering him a new deal. The English midfielder made his first-team debut in the FA Cup this season against Shrewsbury despite being 17. He’s been described as having ‘high potential’ by coach Hale after making an impressive 9 appearances for Southampton Under 18s. He could soon follow in the footsteps of the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
Tottenham: Dennis Cirkin
This season, the young left back has been rewarded for his impressive efforts in the Premier League 2. Mourinho took him along to a pair of European away games displaying how valued the Englishman is to those at Tottenham. I imagine soon enough he’ll be making the leap from bench to first-team action.
West Brom: Rico Richards
Rico Richards, at 17, is the youngest player in West Brom’s first team squad. Unsurprisingly, the Baggies bestowed him a 3-year deal, a wise move given how sought after the youngster is and his international accomplishments. He’s represented England at Under 16s, 18s and 23s showing that he’s not just an impressive West Brom talent but an impressive English talent too.
West Ham: Jamal Baptiste
The centre-back will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard all of whom have come through the Hammers’ academy system. The youngster became the second-youngest player to play for their Under 23s with a debut against Valencia 2 months shy of his 16th birthday. He then went onto play for England Under 17s and establish himself as a regular in the Hammers Under 23s.
Wolves: Fabio Silva
With 2 goals this season, the Portuguese striker became one of the youngest scorers in Wolves history at 18. He’s made an impressive 14 appearances this season showing the faith Nuno has in him. He’s certainly helped elevate the pressure placed on the Wanderers by Raul Jimenez’s injury and is no doubt set for an impressive future.