The abundance of youth took charge in the Premier League this season. The teams seem to be slowly shifting toward younger players with world-class quality, rather than older and average for an instant impact. Thus, it’s no surprise to see Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and other English powerhouses turn to their younguns. We’ve compiled the list of top U-23 talents currently playing in the Premier League.
“Lampard regen” is having his breakthrough season in the top flight of English football. Mount scored four goals in eight appearances while making an impact on the match at all times, with his constant running and smart reading of the game. The most exciting factor about Mount is that he’s just 20 years old, having years of progress in front of him.
Abraham was marked as a “Championship level” striker before the season. Having spent three seasons on loan at Bristol, Swansea, and Aston Villa, Abraham finally found his place under the sun. With the arrival of Frank Lampard, the young striker was given trust to try and succeed. Result? Tied best top scorer in the league along with Sergio Aguero and eight goals in eight appearances.
Leicester City is the league sensation this season, as Rodgers put together a team ready to compete for the Champions League spots. However, one man stands out as James Maddison is playing a creative role like never before. Not only is he creating opportunities at will, but he’s also a man of the moment; Maddison scored a winner against Tottenham, and the tying goal against Liverpool before the Reds took the win in a dramatic ending of the match.
The Brazilian is one of Pep Guardiola’s favorites, and that tells you all you need to know about Jesus. He was also one of the best, if not the best Brazilian player in the recent Copa America, which saw the land of Joga Bonito win the competition. Jesus possesses a rare combination of world-class technique along with striker’s instinct which resulted in 29 goals in City shirt already.
Already accomplished as the best attacking right-back in the world at 21 years of age, it’s hard to imagine the limits for Alexander-Arnold. He played a crucial role for Liverpool en route to winning the Champions League, establishing himself as perhaps the team’s primary creative outlet.
For all the criticism they receive, Manchester United board sure did a good job of splashing out the cash for Wan-Bissaka. The energetic and electric right-back didn’t take long to impress Old Trafford with his impeccable timing for tackles and athleticism which opens the door for future progress on the attacking side of the pitch.
Ever since joining Everton from Watford, Richarlison impressed Toffees at the Goodison. Even if the team isn’t doing particularly well, the Brazilian is a bright spot with his vertical and direct approach combined with his scoring ability and technique.
When you play more than 100 matches for Manchester United at the age of 21 – then you know you’re good. Rashford highlighted his importance to United by constantly scoring while showing the remarkable speed with the ball at his feet. He’s projected as the leader of the young United generation.