These young players caught the eye after their sensational performances last term.
The Premier League is popular all over the world for housing some of the best footballers in the world. Since the clubs have massive financial strength, it allows them to purchase top talent which makes the league heavily competitive. However, the core strength of the competition also relies upon the exceptional young players that come through the ranks.
The league is physical and very aggressive, tailor-made for the youngsters to show their quality. English clubs promote youth development and spend considerable capital on nurturing young talent. During the 2021-22 season of the Premier League, a lot of youngsters made good use of the opportunities that came their way. Some of them became central to their respective teams and made major contributions.
Looking back at the campaign, there were a handful of young players that got everyone’s attention. On that note, here are the top five youngsters from the 2021-22 season of the Premier League:
5. Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa)
Jacob Ramsey is a huge prospect who plays for Aston Villa. The 20-year-old was born on 28 May 2001. He was one of the few positives for the club in the last season. An attacking midfielder by trade, Ramsey can play multiple roles due to his versatility.
During the Premier League 2021-22 season, he scored six goals and made one assist in 34 appearances. Getting to play 2463′ minutes of football in the top division of English football at this age is a huge feat. Scoring a goal and making an assist in a single game against Manchester United was one of his highlights of the season.
4. Anthony Gordon (Everton FC)
Anthony Gordon of Everton was sensational in his work rate and determination in the last campaign. His positive performances definitely played a role in helping the Merseyside outfit avoid relegation by the end of the season. Gordon plays as a left-sided winger and has incredible amounts of stamina.
Across 34 appearances in the league, Gordon made two assists and scored four times. Overall, he clocked 2286 minutes of gametime and showed a lot of aggression in his display. He has a lot of potentials and will attract attention from bigger clubs in England.
3. Gabrielle Martinelli (Arsenal FC)
Arsenal has a lot of young players that were at the forefront of their ambition to finish in top four. While the London-based club missed on a UEFA Champions League qualification, youngsters like Gabrielle Martinelli did not disappoint. The Brazilian showed good quality by scoring six goals and making six assists in 29 appearances.
Despite the disappointments, fans of the Gunners have a lot to look forward to because of players like Martinelli. Mikel Arteta will hope to build a team focused around youngsters like him who are technically very good.
2. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal FC)
Getting nominated for Premier League Young Player of the Season and Player of the Season shows how good of a 2021-22 season Bukayo Saka had. The 20-year-old established himself as one of the most promising young English players during the last campaign. He was one of Arsenal’s most reliable players upfront.
The winger scored 11 goals and made seven assists. He featured in every one of 38 league matches, showing wondrous longevity. Recovering from the disappointment of missing the penalty at the UEFA Euro 2020 final, this was a major statement by the player.
1. Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Phil Foden made a huge mark on Manchester City’s title-winning campaign. Despite playing alongside world-class players, the Englishman outshined several of his teammates. At the end of the 2021-22 league campaign, Foden was a deserving recipient of the Young Player of the Season award.
Across 29 appearances in the league, Foden managed nine goals and five assists. The past season also saw his market value reach new heights. The 21-year-old is valued at €90.00m already and it will most certainly increase in the future. One of the key aspects that make Foden special is his technical qualities and dribbling capabilities. Furthermore, the youngster can also perform multiple roles in the midfield which make him a significant figure and a utility player.