English Premier League’s Wonder Kids




Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

November 23, 2010: The English Premier League boasts of huge servings of young talent. Here’s a look at the best of the lot. We can expect fireworks out of these youngsters now, and in the coming years.

1. Gareth Bale

The 21 year old Welsh left –wing back has been in tremendous form this season. Hailed as the best player for Tottenham Hotspur by far, he is a strong contender to win the PFA Young Player award this season. The indefatigable young lad is known for his high tempo play and ability to beat the defender with his excellent speed. This season in his 14 appearances for the club in the Premier League , he has scored 5 goals, and provided numerous assists. Clearly the hottest young property in English football right now!

2. Jack Rodwell

Born March 1991, Jack Rodwell has come through the ranks of his boyhood club Everton.  He has the honour of being the youngest player to represent Everton at the European level when he came on as a substitute against AZ at 16 years and 284 days. Originally a centre-back, Rodwell currently plays at the defensive midfield position. He is a part of the English U-21 squad.

3. Jack Wilshere

The 18 year old midfielder has come through the Arsenal youth system and made his first team debut as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers in September, 2008. Arsenal’s Player of the Month for September 2010, Jack Wilshere is best known for his ability to dribble and pass perfectly for his forwards. Described as being a complete ‘box-to-box’ player by his manager, we can only expect the best out of the teenager in the next few years.

4. Federico Macheda

19 year old Italian Macheda, who plays as a striker for English giants Manchester United, has impressed much during his three years at the club. He made his first team debut against Aston Villa in April 2009, where he scored the winner for United in the third minute of injury time. In his first season at the club, he was awarded the Jimmy Murphy Academy Player of the Year Award for his bright display at various levels of club football.

5. Aaron Lennon

The 23 year old right winger has been a regular in the Tottenham Hotspur first team since his move from Leeds in June, 2005. In the very first season he was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Wayne Rooney.  Blessed with blistering pace and excellent control of the back, he loves to run at defences.

Honourable Mentions:

  1. Aaron Ramsey
  2. Theo Walcott
  3. Rafael Da Silva
  4. Jonny Evans
  5. Javier Hernandez
  6. Carlos Vela
  7. James McCarthy

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