Best Young Talents in the Premiership
The footballing torch of Premiership football is being passed to the new generation.
The game's style is evolving, and many young talents throughout the world are making it happen. While the headlines still circulate around the likes of Ronaldo and Messi, let's take a look at the aspiring talents of the Premiership.
1. ... Raheem Sterling
Only 19, Sterling has already had the privilege to wear the England jersey. However, he's learned the hard way to choose his words carefully at that level. After signing for Liverpool in 2010 from Queens Park Rangers, Sterling's career has experienced a meteoric rise. Reds legend and captain Steven Gerrard is full of praise for this young lad. With his amazing pace, he can break any defense apart in a counter attacking move.
2. ... Adnan Januzaj
Adnan Januzaj, also 19, burst onto the scene last season. The Belgian was one of the very few things that Manchester United could look back upon and smile in 2013-2014. Januzaj currently wears the iconic No 11 jersey once worn by the legend of Old Trafford, Ryan Giggs, which symbolizes how much faith the club has in this young gun. Defenders are on red alert when he gets the ball at his feet.
3. ... Luke Shaw
Originating from Southhampton's youth academy, Shaw is currently the most expensive teen player, a record once held by his fellow Manchester United teammate, Wayne Rooney. He's highly regarded by the England manger Roy Hodgson for both his size and quickness. Shaw made his professional debut at the age of just 16, which was a precursor to the talents he still holds now. Before joining for the Reds, he was a transfer target for many of the football giants.
4. ... Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Another product of the Southampton youth academy, Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut against Manchester United in 2011 in an 8-2 defeat. For the few minutes that he played, the Arsenal winger was the only threat that Manchester United had to deal with that day. With a bag full of skills and his pacey style, he's been amazing for the Gunners. Though he has been troubled by injuries -- the Premiership and national team hasn't seen much of him these days -- his potential and skills have the football world on notice.
5. ... Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley, 20, is a gem who's been brought to life by Everton. He's been compared to young Wayne Rooney, who began with the Blues. Playing an attacking midfield, Barkley has created magical moments, with one of most memorable being a stunning volley against defending champions Manchester City.
Barkley has been linked with Premiership giants City and Chelsea for possible transfer in the coming future. A great long range shooter and a strong presence in midfield, Barkley can create, defeat, and score.