Phil Foden joins the likes of Greenwood, Abraham and Mount as Premier League regulars, but who will be the next group of youngsters.
The problem with youth academy graduates in the current environment is that they offer a lot of risk. In the Premier League where outcomes are defined by fine margins, managers are unwilling to add to their woes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hands were tied and he was fortunate to have the likes of Mason Greenwood coming up.
At Chelsea, the transfer ban meant that youth academy graduates will have to complement the first team. Frank Lampard had an able deputy in Jordy Morris and his young proteges came in the first team on the back of successful loan spells.
Phil Foden did not have the same luxury. Manchester City are stacked in all departments but only a stupendous amount of injuries gave him his chance. Pep Guardiola never doubted his ability but made him wait that extra much.
The 2019/20 Premier League season coming to an end and the following one right around the corner. Here are three players who should follow in the footsteps of Foden, Greenwood, and Mount.
Marcelo Bielsa has changed the fortunes of Leeds United. They are at the top of Sky Bet Championship’s points table and are certain to a Premier League return.
While Bielsa has a terrific team at his disposal, one player to look out for is Jamie Shackleton. The young midfielder has made 17 appearances in the second tier and should break through in Premier League next season.
Slaven Bilic will be sending out his West Brom side in English top flight next season. Like Bielsa, he has a talented squad at his disposal. But Bilic is more willing to allow his youthful stars time on the pitch.
Rekeem Harper is one such beneficiary of Bilic’s approach. The youngster was playing in the reserve team but is now in matchday squads. He is highly rated and should continue to make a splash at the highest level of English football.
To get a nod under Jurgen Klopp at 18 is not an easy task. To captain the side in cup competition is an even bigger indicator of confidence in his ability.
Young Curtis has made 3 league outings, and a further six in cup competitions for Liverpool and this number is bound to increase next season as Adam Lallana exits Anfield.