Nothing excites fans more than seeing a young player come through and really prove his worth in the rough and tumble of the Premier League. Given the spending power top-flight clubs possess, it can be difficult for youngsters to get the chance to experience first-team football, and many are forced to simply settle for the lower leagues, without the chance to prove themselves at Premier League level.
But that does not mean there isn’t a healthy crop of young players who have shattered the glass ceiling and made their mark at their respective clubs, helping the team become more favoured in the football betting. Read on, as we look at five young players who are excelling in the Premier League at the moment.
1. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)
Brighton fans have been made to endure a mixed start to the 2020-21 season, but one of the shining lights of their campaign so far has been the performances of Tariq Lamptey. Signed from Chelsea in January 2020, where regular starts were not forthcoming for the right-back, Lamptey has shown that the Blues may well have made a mistake in letting him go.
The 20-year-old is an energetic modern full-back, who despite his short stature, makes his presence felt in the Brighton defence. It will be interesting to see how his career develops from here.
2. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Now that Mason Greenwood has established himself as a regular fixture in the Manchester United squad, it’s easy to forget that he is still only 19 years of age. The striker has proven himself to be an outstanding finisher, making the act of sticking the ball in the net look supremely easy. Greenwood has his work cut out breaking into the United first team on a regular basis, given the competition from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Odion Ighalo. Still, the youngster will learn much from playing alongside those great strikers.
3. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
While Arsenal have endured a grim start to their campaign, youngster Bukayo Saka has continued to impress, having burst onto the scene last season as far as first-team football is concerned. Saka is a tricky winger with skills galore and an abundance of pace. On his day, he has the ability to unlock the tightest of defences, and he also has a knack of getting on the scoresheet at important moments. While he perhaps still lacks consistency, it’s understandable why Arsenal fans are so excited about Saka.
4. Curtis Jones (Liverpool)
One of Liverpool’s biggest plus points this season has been the emergence of Curtis Jones as a regular starter for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The 19-year-old is a skilful midfielder and has proved that he can mix it with the best players in the league, and make an impact in the Premier League champion’s starting line-up. Jones proved his quality with a scintillating display against Tottenham Hotspur in December, a crucial match which saw Liverpool defeat José Mourinho’s side 2-1.
5. Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Having dropped off the radar somewhat due to an unfortunate injury suffered pre-lockdown, Billy Gilmour is back to full fitness and has been showing his wares for Chelsea yet again. An all-action midfielder, Gilmour is a nightmare for opposition players due to his hassling and harrying qualities. With intense competition for places at Chelsea, Gilmour will have to play out of his skin to make himself a regular fixture in Frank Lampard’s team.