Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Within this blog post, The Footy Gang have picked eight Premier League youngsters who they believe will become stars in the future.
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Over the next few seasons, we expect the majority of the youngsters in this list to progress through into their respective first team squads and really make a mark within the English Premier League.
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Faustino Anjorin, 18, plays for Frank Lampard's Chelsea and already managed to appear twice for the Chelsea first team. At the age of 17, Anjorin made his debut for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup against Grimsby Town. In March 2020, in the Chelsea's 4-0 win against Everton, Anjorin came on a substitute to make his Premier League debut. Anjorin is held in high regard by the Chelsea backroom staff and the youngster signed a new 5-year deal with the club back in 2019. Anjorin has been capped by the England Under 19 side on a number of occasions. The youngster has similar characteristics to his fellow Chelsea teammate Ross Barkley, operating in the 'number 10' role, just off the front man.
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Folarin Balogun, 18, is a striker for Premier League giants Arsenal and is on the verge of breaking into the first team picture. Born in New York, Balogun has represented both the United States and England at youth team level, however is also eligible to play for Nigeria. Balogun, despite not yet managing to make a first team appearance for the North London side, he has trained with the first team on a number of occasions.
It is unknown what Arsenal's plans are for the youngster over the coming seasons. He may end up moving out on loan, like his fellow forward Eddie Nketiah who spent a short spell at Championship side Leeds United.
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Jarrad Branthwaite, 17, was born in Carlisle and made his debut for Carlisle at the age of 16. After impressing greatly for the League Two side, Branthwaite was signed by Premier League side Everton in January 2020. In Everton's goalless draw against Liverpool in June 2020, Branthwaite appeared on the bench but didn't make it off the bench. Branthwaite is expected to have an extremely bright future within the game and it held in high regard by the Everton backroom staff. Over recent seasons, Everton have shown faith in their youngsters with Dominic Calvert-Lewin breaking into the first team picture, Branthwaite will be hoping he can follow in Calvert Lewin's footsteps.
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Chem Campbell, 17, currently plays for Nino Espirito Santo's Wolverhampton Wanderers. Campbell who plays as an attacking midfielder has impressed greatly for Wolves' under 18 side. Campbell has featured once for the Wolves' first team, making his debut in the Carabao Cup against Premier League rivals Aston Villa. Campbell started off his footballing career at Midlands rivals Birmingham City before moving to Wolves as a 13 year old. Campbell has featured for England at youth levels and trained with the first team at St George's Park. Wolves' fans are hoping that their very own 'Wolves Wonderkid' will be a regular feature in their first team over the next few seasons.
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Teddy Jenks, 18, is a powerful centre midfielder who plies his trade for Brighton Hove Albion. Jenks, at the age of 17, made his professional debut for The Seagulls in the Carabao Cup against fellow Premier League side Aston Villa. Jenks has yet to feature in the Premier League for Brighton, however has featured for England at the under 16 and under 17 levels. Jenks will be hoping to establish himself as a regular for the Brighton Hove Albion first team over the next few seasons. Jenks captained the Brighton under 23 side on a regular basis over the 2019/20 season.
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Valentino Livramento, was born in London and is currently playing for Premier League giants Chelsea. Livramento, 17, is a promising full back and can play on either the right or left side of the defence or even on occasions playing slightly forward on either wing. Livramento has yet to make an appearance for the Chelsea first team however the youngster has appeared the England Under 17's. Livramento has impressed for Chelsea at youth team levels, with many thinking it will only be a matter of time until Livramento receives a call up to the Chelsea first team.
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Hannibal Mejbri,17, joined Premier League giants in 2019 for a fee of £9 million from French side AS Monaco. Manchester United have high hopes for the talented youngster, with Planet Football suggesting that the Frenchman is on the verge of being promoted to the Red Devils' first team. Mejbri is considered as one of Europe's most exciting young talents with The Sun comparing the youngster to his French compatriot Kylian Mbappe. Due to his appearances so far for the Manchester United youth team, It would not be surprising at all to see Hannibal Mejbri make his first team debut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side before the end of the 2019/20 season.
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Ki-Jana Hoever, 18, currently plays for Premier League leaders Liverpool. Described as a "joy to watch" by his manager Jurgen Klopp, Hoever has been capped for the Netherlands at youth level. Hoever, started his career with Dutch giants AZ Alkmaar before moving to Dutch giants Ajax. In 2018, the talented youngster was purchased by Premier League side Liverpool with Ajax "bitterly disappointed" at losing Hoever. Hoever has featured four times for the Liverpool first team, even managing to score in the Carabao Cup against Milton Keynes Dons, making him the fourth youngest goalscorer for Liverpool.
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