10 — Dwight McNeil (Age 19 — Burnley)
Coming in at 10 is Burnley’s Dwight McNeil. Despite being yet to turn 20, McNeil has made almost 30 Premier League appearances for Burnley, scoring 3 goals in the process. The midfielder, who’s father is an academy coach at Oldham holds a lot of promise, but falls in 10th due to my doubts if he’ll truly succeed, or if he’ll fall into the ever expanding category of players who are decent at a low standard Premier League team but can’t cut it at a bigger side. (Also he has 23 years old and transfer listed for £1.7m in Football Manager written all over him)
9 — Jayden Bogle (Age 19 — Derby County)
In 9th is Derby County’s Jayden Bogle. The England Under 20 International had a breakthrough season last time round with the Rams, making a hefty 40 appearances in the championship, scoring on 2 occasions. The Right back hasn’t started his 2019/20 season due to injury, but once he kicks off, the interest in him, that is already including sides such as Brighton and Newcastle, will take off even further.
8 — Ryan Sessegnon (Age 19 — Tottenham)
Falling down to 8th spot after a poor debut Premier League season with Fulham is Ryan Sessegnon. Fortunately for him though, he won’t have to return to the championship, having signed for fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. Though still a phenomenal player, he’s not up to the scratch of 2nd any more, but a good season at the new White Hart Lane could see him go right back up the rankings.
7 — Max Aarons (Age 19 — Norwich)
In 7th is one of last year’s honourable mentions, Max Aarons. Aarons had a phenomenal 2018/19 season as his Norwich side won the Championship. He’s made the step up to the Premier League and has had a lukewarm start, but the 19 year old has consistently showed great promise throughout, and I could easily see him in the Three Lions team by the end of 2020 if his season goes to plan.
6 — Reiss Nelson (Age 19 — Arsenal)
Another player falling down the rankings, but at this time through no fault of his own, is Reiss Nelson. I may have jumped the gun with him slightly, his incredibly tally of 6 goals in 7 for Hoffenheim levelled out at the end of the season as 7 in 23. Still a great tally for a young lad, and hopefully for him enough to seal a place in the Arsenal squad, but just not enough to seal his 5th spot, A good season at the Emirates however, and he could be getting on the plane to the Euros.
5 — Morgan Gibbs-White (Age 19 — Wolves)
Moving up to 5th is Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White. The midfielder was quietly brilliant for the midlands club last time round, being narrowly pipped to the club’s young player of the year award by Ruben Vinagre. Gibbs-White is only getting better, with the 19 year old surely being called up to the England squad soon enough.
4 — Reece James (Age 19 — Chelsea)
Speaking of moving up, Reece James is up 5. Last time round Reece James had just begun a season long loan at Wigan Athletic, and a phenomenal season it was. James claimed 3 awards at the Latics end of season ceremony, and ended up in the Championship Team of the Season for his efforts. He’s made a positive start to this season as well, having scored one and assisting a further two in a 7–1 demolition of the mighty Grimsby in the Carabao Cup.
3 — Phil Foden (Age 19 — Manchester City)
Into the top 3 now, and we have Phil Foden. The 2018/19 season was a decent one for Foden, making 13 league appearances for Manchester City and scoring once. Again with last year though, I still firmly believe that he can be a future legend amongst City fans, but needs first team football, perhaps on a loan spell elsewhere, to achieve his sky high potential.
2 — Callum Hudson-Odoi (Age 18 — Chelsea)
Since the last countdown, we’ve had an England debut in our ranks, with Callum Hudson-Odoi playing twice for the Three Lions senior team. He also starred in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph last season, scoring 4 goals in 9 appearances in the competition., and with a transfer ban, Hazard gone, and club legend Frank Lampard at the helm, this could truly be his breakthrough season with the blues. His top tier performances have already struck fear into the heart of American new signing Christian Pulisic, who may struggle to keep up with his pace and natural flair.
1 — Jadon Sancho (Age 19 — Dortmund)
Are we really surprised? Not even the most deluded of fans could argue for any other player to be in the number 1 slot. The lad is still only 19 and already one of England’s best players, having made 8 caps and scoring twice. Along with that, he had a season at Dortmund that any player would envy, scoring 12 goals and assisting a massive 17, working out as an assist every second game. Given the lad is still a teenager, I think we may well be looking at one of England’s best ever players, not to put on any pressure., He’s also pioneered the way for English players moving abroad to get game time, with others such as Ademola Lookman going to Leipzig following in his footsteps. Future Balon D’Or winner. Quote me on it.