During his so far short career, Ryan Sessegnon has been no stranger to helping write the history books. On 20th August 2016, he became the first player born in the 2000s to score in the English Football League and, following a stand-out 2017/2018 campaign, he became the first Championship player to ever be nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. That season, he was a vital component of the Fulham side that earned promotion to the promised land, netting 16 times in the second tier.
Unfortunately for the Cottagers, they struggled in England’s top division and were unceremoniously relegated straight back down. However, although Sessegnon was unable to reach his standards of the previous year with just two strikes to his name, he still managed to set a new feat in the Premier League by becoming the first player born in this millennium to find the back of the net, away at Cardiff City on 20th October, according to the Panini Tabloid.
It is hard to think of many other players more deserving of such a record. Since his debut three years ago, Sessegnon has developed into one of the most exciting players in England due to the ease in which he’s acclimatised to senior football. His speed, directness and ability on the ball all catch the eye and hint towards a fantastically exciting career, even if he still hasn’t found that consistency at Premier League level just yet.
But Sessegnon is one of a number of Premier League players born in the last 19 years that have huge futures ahead of them. Callum Hudson-Odoi is already an England international, whilst Phil Foden’s importance to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad continues to slowly rise, making eight more Premier League appearances last season than the campaign previous.
Ethan Ampadu and Angel Gomes have already made their Premier League debuts for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, the latter also featuring for Wales, and Morgan Gibbs-White showed glimpses of his talent for Wolves last season, albeit restricted mainly to featuring from the bench.
These players are amongst the brighter hopes for their respective nations, and with Euro 2020 just around the corner, they have a big year ahead of them. Could a few or perhaps even all of them secure places in the senior squads at next summer’s tournament?
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