The Premier League is often criticised for being a graveyard for young players. Many clubs get sharp criticism from pundits and ex-players about the lack of youngsters playing first-team football.
However, some clubs follow a different principle – one that is not linked with age. That has led to some youngsters flourishing in the league.
5. Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Despite having only one Premier League clean sheet, Pickford has drawn plaudits for his dominant displays in goal for Everton and his performances earned him an England debut against Germany.
Germany legend Micheal Ballack complimented Pickford’s performance and the former Sunderland keeper’s confidence could not be higher. At only 23 he is already challenging the perception that Jack Butland is England’s best goalkeeper with a vocal section of pundits and ex-pros claiming the Pickford could become the England no.1 for a long time.
His command in the box is impressive and Pickford could improve on organizing his defenders but by being vocal, authoritative and brave he also seems like leadership material.
4. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
He is a very solid passer of the ball and is mobile in the center of the park. Winks has been excellent this season and was called up to the senior England squad in October for their last qualification games against Lithuania and Malta.
He played in a 1-0 win over Lithuania and returned to Spurs in great touch. Injury ruled him out of the last few games for Spurs and England but he seems like the first name on the team sheet for both his club and national manager.
3. Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
His ability to play across the back four meant that this season would see him resume his first team career like it had never stopped. He has made nine league appearances and been an important fixture in the Champions League games for Liverpool.
His form has earned him an England call-up and Gomez made his debut against Germany recently. Gomez’s impact is so high that one could never tell that he has played just 14 league games for Liverpool.
2. Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Sane’s skill on the ball and his vision is such that it is unimaginable to think that he is only 21. He had earlier played at Schalke 04 for two years before joining City for £37 million.
Sane has both potential and the ability to deliver on the pitch at the moment and he has proved this season that he is already close to being world-class. Sane was short-listed for the PFA Young Player of the Year last season and is a sure shot to be nominated once more this year.
He has six goals and five assists in the Premier League along with two assists in the Champions League. He has played in every single Premier League game so far showing how much Pep Guardiola values and trusts him.
1. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Aged just 20, Jesus is threatening City’s all-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero’s place in the side when fit. He has all the talent and consistency to become City’s ace striker in the near future after joining the club in January thanks to 14 goals in 20 games.
He has helped bring fluidity to City’s front line which is fearsome for every Premier League opponent and European rivals as well. The Etihad faithful have a real gem on their turf and it would not be surprising to see Jesus at Real Madrid or Barcelona if City fails in their quest to conquer Europe soon.