The hunger for young players to succeed at the top level is becoming an obsession for both managers and fans. Seeing a young signing or academy product mixing it with the elite and coming out on top is something that everyone loves.
Jack Wilshere’s rise in the last few years has seen him go from youth team to untouchable in both Arsenal and England’s midfield. Everyone will remember the Champions League game against Barcelona at the Emirates as the night Wilshere dominated Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. The 2010/11 season was his first full season as a first teamer although you’d think he was an experienced campaigner judging by his ‘mature for his age’ performances.
With the 2011/12 season looming ever closer there are a hoard of young players hoping to make a similar impact and be talked about in the same breadth as Wilshere who is already docked firmly in the world class genre. Who will be the next young prodigy to get fans out of their seats and the pundits purring at their every movement?
Click on Tom Cleverley to unveil the top 10 looking to make the breakthrough