Top 10 young English Premier League talents
The English Premier League, is arguably the most competitive, exciting and entertaining league in the world. Very few leagues can match the Premiership in terms of quality and drama. The fast paced aggressive English style of play has been enhanced by the skill and technicality of the wide range of ethnicity that comprise its players.
If there is any complaints with the EPL, it is usually from a nationalist standpoint. With so many foreigners in the league, it has been argued that it has diminished the development of English players.
Here is a list of the top 10 English youngsters in the EPL today. Some are already regular household names, others are young and on the rise, perhaps with no first team caps. Either way, get set to remember these names as they are set to shine for both club and country. God save the Queen.
Gary Gardner (21)
A product of the Aston Villa Academy, Gardner has seen his share of injuries early in his young career. Having already made 5 appearances for the U-21 national side, Gardner is set to put injuries behind him and make a name for himself in this league. Having been compared to Frank Lampard, Gardner can make things happen from the center of the park. Thus far, Gardner is yet to make an appearance for a struggling Aston Villa side in 2013/14.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (17)
A Chelsea product, Loftus-Cheek too is touted as the next Lampard. The 17 year old has a long way to go, but has made caps for England U-17 and first team appearances in Chelsea post season US tour last year. Loftus-Cheek is big, tall and fast, with an eye for arriving late to score. The problem for this youngster is the glut of talent in front of him. Playing for a side that Juan Mata has difficulty cracking is not exactly promising. Look for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to move on loan for first team football in the near future.
Reise Allassani (17)
This young Crystal Palace attacker is already playing for the U-21 league. He aims his sights on his first senior club cap. Allassani has been regarded as impossible to tackle.
Ross Barkley (19)
Barkley can already be regarded as a household name. He has already shined for Everton's first team and there are many hoping he joins England in Brazil this summer. He has a mind for attacking and a great deal of confidence for a 19 year-old. Barkley looks to be the future of English football.
Cauley Woodrow (18)
This Fulham forward has been compared to Teddy Sheringham. He is big strong and able to play with his back to goal. England hasn't had a great deal of luck in regards to promising forwards in recent years, apart from Wayne Rooney. They tend to be over-hyped and under preform, see Andy Carroll. However, Cauley Woodrow has been impressive in leading the U-18 national side in the last few years, winning two successive titles.
Max Clark (17)
This Hull City defender has been capped at the U-17 level. Defenders generally take time to develop, but Clark has all the physical skills, quick, adaptable and a strong tackler. He lead Hull's youth side to the quarter finals of the Youth Cup last year.
Jordon Ibe (17)
As if Liverpool didn't need another speedy English winger, in comes Jordon Ibe. Ibe seems to be a carbon copy of Raheem Stirling, quick, speedy, flashy and an eye for goal. Ibe has already earned one first team cap. Hopefully Brendan Rogers continues to dip into the youth team and avoids foreign buys. A successful Liverpool side packed full of homegrown players would be a very, very good thing.
Adam Campbell (18)
The next Wayne Rooney? I have already mentioned how English strikers get over-hyped. Standing at only 5 foot 5, Campbell is definitely a small striker; however, he as already three first team appearances for Newcastle. With a season long loan in the plans for Campbell his development should flourish. He has already five U-19 England caps to his name.
Luke Shaw (18)
Luke Shaw is another household name. Shaw has locked down the left back position at Southampton and has been extremely impressive in his ability to attack and defend. Shaw looks destined to take over Ashley Cole's long term spot on the England National team. Big clubs are on the move after Shaw and for good reason. Not much more needs to be said about Shaw except that he has an extremely bright and impressive future ahead of him.
Jordan Pickford (19)
The first goalkeeper on this list, Pickford has his long term goal set on being England's future number one. The Sunderland keeper is confident, bullish and athletic, all the makings of a quality keeper. Goalies often develop late and rarely get a chance to shine early in their careers. Pickford needs first team starts, and loans are a excellent thing for him.
Ravel Morrison (20)
Morrison has a rather troubled past, the former Red Devil was shipped to London to give him a fresh start with fresh faces. This could be a make or break year for him at West Ham. Fulham has declared interest in him this January. If Morrison can put his baggage behind him, he could be a very good player. Morrison has earned three caps for the U-21 England side, scoring two goals. He is a young man with still a lot of potential, despite being twenty.
All statistics courtesy of TransferMarket.com.