Premier League: Top 5 Young Debutants
As we approach the final stretch of the season, let’s take a look at the most exciting young debutants who have made their Premier League breakthrough.
Name: Ryan Sessegnon Age: 18
Club: Fulham Position: LW/LB
Linked with both United and Spurs, Ryan Sessegnon has long been hailed as an exciting prospect. With two impressive season’s in the Championship under his belt with Fulham, Sessegnon had a wealth of experience before his debut Premier League season.
In October, the English U21 international became the first player born in the 2000’s to score a Premier League goal. Fulham may be heading back to the Championship but the only way is up for Sessegnon. Expect a competitive bidding war to emerge amongst the top flight clubs to secure the services of the talented youngster.
Name: David Brooks Age: 21
Club: Bournemouth Position: AM
Since the age of 7, David Brooks was a product of the Man City academy before switching to Sheffield United’s youth system in 2014 where he graduated to the first team. The Welch international has amassed 9 caps for his country accompanying Garry Bale and Aaron Ramsey in attack.
Brooks is having a superb debut season in the English top flight, what he lacks in physicality he makes up for with samba style trickery. The Welchman has 6 goals in 22 games for the Cherries this campaign.
Name: Matteo Guendouzi Age: 19
Club: Arsenal Position: CM
Last summer, Unai Emery fought off Dortmund and PSG to purchase the French Sideshow Bob. Arsenal splashed out €8 million on the temperamental 19 year old from second tier French side FC Lorient.
The U21 International has seen plenty of trust placed in him, playing 24 games in the league for the Gunners so far. Guendouzi is a creative, deep lying midfielder who likes to initiate attacks with his trademark killer passing style. The French teenager should greatly develop with experience.
Name: Juan Foyth Age: 21
Club: Tottenham Position: CB
Tottenham have no shortage of quality in defence which is a great testament to the breakthrough of Juan Foyth. The ball playing centre half has become a regular feature in Pochettino’s squad after impressing at Spurs this season. Foyth looks very assured at the back and reads the game well.
The 21 year old Argentinian (who also holds a Polish passport) made his international debut in a 2-0 victory over Mexico last November turning in a man of the match display.
At the age of 16, he was converted from an attacking midfielder to a centre-back, and demonstrated his attacking ability in his second league appearance with a headed goal against Crystal Palace.
Name: Sean Longstaff Age: 21
Club: Newcastle Position: CM
It’s been awhile since the Toon had an academy graduate to be excited about, and considering club owner Mike Ashley is the biggest tight arse in football, Newcastle have grown accustomed to recruiting extended members of the Ameobi family (Shola, Sammy & Tomi).
Step forward Sean Longstaff, who is quickly building a reputation as one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League. Geordie fans can hardly believe their luck that an exceptional homegrown talent has finally come through the ranks.
Recently coined as the ‘new Michael Carrick’, Longstaff comes from tremendous sporting stock. Sean’s father David, who still plays professional Ice Hockey aged 43, is the cousin of former England International Alan Thompson.
Longstaff, who scored his first Premier League goal last weekend putting Burnley to the sword, has helped Rafa to steer clear from the relegation battle in recent weeks. The energetic midfielder has already shown great leadership qualities, ample attacking prowess and an immense passing range. A diamond in the rough.
Should Longstaff continue his phenomenal form, he will likely be a central figure in the Newcastle team for years to come and be in regular contention for the England team. Look out Declan Rice!
By Ciarán Cunningham, 01/03/2019