Six Premier League youngsters ready for first-team roles in 17/18
During the summer transfer window, most of the talk in modern football is about big fees and superstar imports.
English teams don’t look into their academies enough despite the significant talent increase in recent years. Players like Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Ross Barkley are making strides for their boyhood clubs and saving their owners a pretty penny as well.
Premier League rules regarding home-grown players have inflated English player transfer fees to an eye watering amount, even though the best solution to filling the quota is promoting players through the academy.
Not every young player is going to make the immediate impact that Rashford did, so slowly working them into the first team is common. But there comes a point where a manager needs to place his confidence in a young player and ask them to make more than just a cameo.
Here are six players, aged 20 and under, that played bit-parts last season but could be in for more serious roles in this upcoming Premier League season…