The premier league is arguably the best and the most competitive in the world. The league season is on pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this season has been a breakthrough campaign for some youngsters. Although clubs in England’s top tier spend millions on transfers to strengthen their team, they also invest in youngsters who produce incredible performances at a young age. Football is all about giving youngsters the chance to prove their worth. However, youngsters have to be exceptionally talented to get a chance to play in the premier league regularly. Football is a funny old game considering that one match can make or break a youngster’s career. The Premier League has some of the most exceptional young talents. In recent seasons, several youngsters have earned a chance with the first team, with a number of them going on to show the world how good they are. Here is a look at five under-20 players who have burst onto the scene so far this season.
Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Mason Greenwood is the latest academy prospect to make his mark at Man United, and his rise to the top has been rapid. He has been one of the best youngsters in the Premier League this season. Greenwood has played a vital role for Man United in the Premier League so far this season and has started from the bench more than any other player in the division. Unsurprisingly, his five goals in the Premier League makes him the top-scoring teenager in the league. His decision-making, in terms of knowing when it is best to shoot sets him apart from the rest. Greenwood’s exceptional finishing makes him a real threat from range, with only seven players from across Europe’s top five leagues scoring from far more than him despite his relatively limited minutes. It isn’t just goals that the youngster has contributed but his willingness to work hard off the ball and press, which is a characteristic that Solskjaer and his coaching staff value highly.
Brandon Williams (Manchester United)
Brandon Williams has also become a bright spark for Man United this season and has played a vital role in the Man United’s quest for a Premier League top-four finish. Williams made his appearance for Man United in the EFL Cup win over Rochdale. Williams is just 19 years old and has made 12 starts with his manager labeling him as top class. He has also praised the young defender for his lack of fear on the big occasion. The young full-back possesses the ability to sniff out attacks quickly and make an impact up front.
He also has the versatility to operate in numerous defensive positions and confidence to excel in big games. Currently, there is a healthy competition at the left with Williams and Luke Shaw competing for the same spot. The left-back position will give the manager a selection headache, but it’s still early days for Williams since it is only his first full season in the senior squad. He has age on his side and can become a regular in the starting 11 in the long term. From his performances, he could cement that position soon.
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Billy Gilmour may have only played few games for Chelsea, but there are certain aspects of his game that have already shone through during his brief spell in the first team. Since breaking into the first team, the youngster has averaged 63.37 passes per 90 minutes. In comparison to the likes of Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, and Barkley, only Jorginho averages more passes (70.3) than Gilmour. His average numbers for passes demonstrate Glimour’s keenness to get on the ball and dictate play. He also has the maturity to take on a senior role in midfield despite only being 18 years of age. The footballing ability to shield the ball and protect possession before offloading it to a teammate is a crucial trait for a midfielder, and the Scottish wonder kid has already shown his ability in that regard. The Scottish wonder kid stole the show against current league leaders Liverpool in the FA Cup match. It was one of those games that saw him announce himself on a big stage to the football world.
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
Gabriel Martinelli joined Arsenal last summer for 6 million pounds from Ituano in the fourth tier league in Brazil and has had an incredible performance in his first season so far. Martinelli was a player initially signed for the under-23s, but to his credit, he has made good use of every chance presented to him in the first team. Martinelli opened his goal-scoring account on his full league debut against West ham and also scored at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Arsenal is sweating to get Aubameyang to extend his contract, and if he should leave this summer, Martinelli could be a suitable replacement. Martinelli is a gifted young player with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp naming him as a talent of the century after scoring a brace at Anfield. He is one to watch out for the future.
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Bukayo Saka has been nothing short of outstanding since breaking into the Arsenal first team. If Unai Emery did anything right during his time at Arsenal, then it was promoting Saka to the first team. The youngster has been very impressive so far this season despite being played out of position. Despite being a winger, he has excelled at the left-back position for most of this season. He made his full debut against Aston Villa and has gone ahead to break former captain Cesc Fabregas’ record of a youngster reaching double-digit assists in a campaign. Saka has been influential in several wins for Arteta’s side. Arsenal has probably discovered the talent of the century despite little talk about him.