Top 5 Wonderkids In The Premier League
Despite the huge influx of foreign stars in the Premier League, seeing a youngster rise through the ranks can save a team a lot of money and also give them a sense of pride.
Granted, it’s become more difficult for youngsters to breakthrough into the Premier League teams in recent years, though that can be chalked up to different theories.
Academies are blaming clubs and their obsession with instant stars and results, while many top managers believe the level at U23 is not of the standard of the senior league.
Having said that, there are a few starlets bubbling in the ranks ready to take the next step.
5. Tahith Chong
The Man Utd youngster was arguably their brightest spark in pre-season, starring against Club America in a wide midfield role. The Dutchman hasn’t gone on loan this season which in itself is a statement.
It usually indicates that Jose Mourinho sees him playing a part this season, even if it’s in the cup competitions.
4. Rhian Brewster
Top scorer at the U-17 World Cup as England went all the way, the Liverpool wonder boy certainly announced himself to the world in an impressive way. Not only is he a force on the pitch, but his level of maturity was also highlighted by his sit-down with The Guardian to discuss racism in football and his personal experiences.
It’s a topic many senior players avoid, but it shows that Brewster has an old head on young shoulders.
3. Emile Smith Rowe
Arsenal’s brightest star in the youth ranks, fans across the world will see more of the 18-year-old this season. After a solid campaign for the development squads, Smith Rowe was the only player promoted to the senior team by Unai Emery ahead of the pre-season tour.
He impressed greatly, scoring a sensational strike against Atletico Madrid and a loan away wasn’t deemed sufficient. He is set to feature in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup this term.
2. Callum Hudson-Odoi
The Chelsea starlet is going to need to fight hard if he’s to break the mould at the Blues – they have a poor history for breaking talent. He seems one of the players with the biggest chance of breaking into the team after impressing on Chelsea’s tour.
The change of management hasn’t helped in terms of continuity, but Hudson-Odoi is a tricky winger and Sarri’s 4-3-3 system could suit him down to the ground.
Manchester City golden boy looks like he’ll get his big break this year as Pep Guardiola looks to prepare for life without David Silva. The Spaniard is entering the twilight years of his career and a succession plan is required.
While it would be unfair to ask Foden to follow in the footsteps of arguably one of the greatest Premier League players ever, he could shoulder the load along with Bernado Silva.
A diminutive playmaker with a wand of a left foot, Foden is dubbed the new kid on the block for Man City and at international level.