The Changing Face of Football – the Premier League’s finest talent

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Written by Ross Mondon (@RossMondon)

The Premier League host some of the most exciting, young football players in the world and we take a closer look at some of the ones to watch this season.

Phil Foden – Man City – Central Midfielder

One of the most exciting upcoming stars for Man City, at the age of 18, Foden has already made a name for himself at one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.

After an impressive youth career and featuring in many Champions League games throughout 2017/18, Foden became the youngest English player to start in a Champions League match. He made his Premier League debut as a substitute in a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspurs on 16th December 2017.  At the end of the season, he became the youngest ever player to receive a Premier League Winner’s medal.

As 2018/19 approached, he featured in the Community Shield game as he played 75 minutes and assisting Augero in a 2-0 victory over Chelse.

As the season moves along, he has made five appearances throughout all competitions and scored one goal and made two assists. In addition, he has shown the fans that he has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in the league if he gets his chance on the biggest platform of football.

Ethan Ampadu – Chelsea – Central Defender/Midfielder  

Rising through the ranks of Exeter City youth academy and making his senior debut at 15, Ampadu was snatched by Chelsea for a compensation fee at the age of 16 in 2017.

After an impressive pre-season campaign, the Welshman made his debut for Chelsea in the EFL Cup against Nottingham Forest, making him the first player born in the 2000s to play for the Chelsea senior team.

At 17 years and six days, he became the youngest player to debut for the club in over 10 years and made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on 12th December 2017.

Given his superb 2017/18 season at Chelsea, he was called up for the Wales national football team ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Serbia. He then made his debut on 10th November in a 2-0 defeat against France.

Ampadu has already had a monumental season and we can already gather he is going to have a career-changing couple of seasons ahead of him to show everyone his potential of becoming a top-class defender.

David Brooks – AFC Bournemouth – Midfielder

Only 21 years old, Brooks has already become a first-team player at AFC Bournemouth and proved that he could become the bargain of the season.

Part of the Man City academy from the age of 17, Brooks switched to the Sheffield United Academy in 2014 and signed a professional contract in March 2015. He was sent out on loan for an initial one month spell to Halifax Town FC. This was extended to two months and he made 5 appearances for the team.

After coming back, his first appearance for The Blades was on the 4th October. This was noticed by then Wales manager Chris Coleman. Four days later, Brooks was called up for the Welsh national team. Due to his immediate impact, he became a regular for the first team and caught the eyes of AFC Bournemouth in the 2018 transfer window.

He signed for the Premier League club for a fee of £11.5 million. Many questioned the price of such a youngster, but he made his debut for the Cherries in their first home game. Brooks had an immediate effect and scored 2 goals in the succession of two matches. He has now become a fan favourite for the club and is rising to become a star player for the club and Welsh national team.

Ademola Lookman – Everton – Midfielder/Winger

At the age of 20, Lookman has already played for one of the most competitive teams in the Premier League (Everton) and featured for one of the most surprising clubs in the Bundesliga (RB Lepzig).

Lookman rose through the ranks of the Charlton Athletic youth academy. His goalscoring record for the U18s and the U21s team led to him making a rapid ascent through the academy. He made his first-team debut for the Addicks on 3rd November 2015.

After becoming a first-team regular for Charlton, Everton signed him up on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reportedly £7.5 million. 10 days later he featured for the first team in a 4-0 victory over Man City and showed his prospects of becoming a top-class player for the squad.

Due to changes at the club, he was sent out on loan to RB Lepzig later on in the 2017/18 season, but that didn’t stop him proving to everyone what he is worth.

Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham – Left Back/Winger

One of the most exciting, young players in the Premier League, Sessegnon has already become the player to watch this season.

After enjoying a fruitful eight years in the Fulham youth academy, he was promoted to the senior team in 2016 and straight away he was described as the “club superstar” in his debut season. Within his first season as part of the first team (2016/17) he made 50 appearances, scoring seven goals and was the youngest player ever to be included in the PFA Championship Team.

On the back of such a successful season, he was the centre of media attention and was ranked as one of the top 30 under 20 players in Europe. He also gained interest from numerous Premier League and European clubs, but he was loyal to Fulham and signed his first professional contract for the club.

As the season came to a close, he won five awards – Championship Player of the Year, Young Player of the Season, Apprentice of the Year, and named in the team of the season and EFL Club player.

Now that Fulham is playing in the Premier League 2018/19 season, is this the time for Ryan Sessegnon to prove to the entire world what sort of player he is?