20 Young Premier League Players Who Are About to Blow in 2018/19

The next wave of talent is ready to takeover.

August 7th 2018

After a summer in which a crop of young lions announced their arrival on the world stage and the stand-out player for the new world champions was an 18-year-old, there’s perhaps more hype bestowed upon football’s next big things than ever before.

And with the Premier League ready to kick on for yet another season, fans are waiting to see which of their club’s young talents will shutdown Twitter, be touted as a FIFA 19 wonderkid and be proudly proclaimed as “one of our own”.

From Dele Alli to Harry Kane to Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Premier League has a very strong track record for breaking world football’s new wave and this season promises to be no different. We’ve picked out one young player from each Premier League team that has the potential to tear things up and make a name for themselves in 2018/19.

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1. Mattéo Guendouzi, Arsenal

Age: 19
Position: Midfield

In spite of Arsene Wenger’s departure, old habits die hard at Arsenal – which probably explains the capture of this unknown midfielder from the second tier of French football. Newly joined from Lorient, Guendouzi has impressed in Arsenal’s pre-season with his dynamism and direct play from midfield. He’s played more minutes than anyone expected so far and he’s tipped to feature in Unai Emery’s first competitive game in charge versus Manchester City. The new era begins right here.

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2. David Brooks, Bournemouth

Age: 21
Position: Midfield

David Brooks represents one of Bournemouth’s most exciting acquisitions over the summer, having made 30 appearances for Sheffield United last season and his international debut for Wales against France late last year. A technically-gifted midfielder who has the capacity to create chances, Brooks has impressed fans in pre-season and many expect the Premier League novice to become an automatic selection in Howe’s team before too long.

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3. Yves Bissouma, Brighton & Hove Albion

Age: 21
Position: Midfield

Another new arrival to the Premier League is Yves Bissouma, a young Malian midfielder who was in the middle of a transfer tussle between a few clubs before signing for the Seagulls. In his short career, Bissouma has already earned a rep as a big game player (scoring the winning goal in an AFCON semi-final) and he’s likely to get the opportunity to establish himself in English football quickly given Brighton’s limited options at centre midfield. One to watch.

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4. Dwight McNeil, Burnley

Age: 18
Position: Forward

With Burnley having to contend with European football this season, there’s an expectation for Sean Dyche to cast his net further than usual with regards to his playing staff – and Dwight McNeil could be a beneficiary. The youngster made his senior debut on the final day of last season and has already been called into action for Burnley’s opening Europa League clash with Aberdeen. Burnley need creativity and the skillful Dwight McNeil could be a homegrown solution.

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5. Cameron Coxe, Cardiff City

Age: 19
Position: Defence

At a club like Cardiff and under a manager like Neil Warnock, the idea of blooding or nurturing young talent is viewed as a luxury rather than a core ingredient to success. In a bid for survival, expect to see the club favour experience and guile rather than youth and energy. One of the few young players expected to feature this season is highly-rated centre back Cameron Coxe, who made his senior bow in the EFL Cup last season and was picked in a preliminary Welsh squad in May 2018.

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6. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea

Age: 17
Position: Forward

Chelsea fans need little introduction to Callum Hudson-Odoi but it’s expected the young striker is about to put the whole world on notice. After helping England to U17 World Cup glory last year – and starring in Chelsea’s all-conquering youth team – Hudson-Odoi made the step up to the senior squad in pre-season and broke Twitter with a fire performance against Arsenal. New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has already said Hudson-Odoi will be a big part of his squad this season. It’s takeover time.

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7. Levi Lumeka, Crystal Palace

Age: 19
Position: Forward

Crystal Palace generally found goals tough to come by last season and should Wilfried Zaha leave as many people expect, that challenge will become greater still. As the Palace development team’s top scorer for the last three years, Levi Lumeka is poised for minutes this season and obviously knows where the back of the net is. He made his first ever senior appearance against Tottenham in 2017/18 and should outgrow the reserves this season to become a fully fledged member of Roy Hodgson’s first team.

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8. Kieran Dowell, Everton

Age: 20
Postion: Midfield

Kieran Dowell was one of the Championship’s best players last season, scoring 10 goals from midfield in a loan spell at Nottingham Forest. This season – after being at Everton since the age of seven – attacking midfield man Dowell is tipped get a solid run in the Toffees’ first team. Skilful on the ball, Dowell will slot right into Marco Silva’s dynamic style of possession-based football and could follow in his mate Tom Davies’ footsteps by becoming a local hero.

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9. Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham

Age: 18
Position: Defence / Forward

Unlike many of the names in this list, Ryan Sessegnon needs no introduction. Given the hype and accolades that already surround this young star, tipping him for a breakthrough season might be obvious – but we should remember this is still an 18-year-old player that has never kicked a football in the Premier League. Sessegnon was named EFL Player and Young Player of the Year last season and scored 15 league goals for Fulham. Probably the most exciting talent in England.

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10. Dom Tear, Huddersfield

Age: 18
Position: Midfield

As a club without huge funds, Huddersfield are perhaps more likely than most to give their youngsters a chance. One man tipped with a big future at the club is tricky winger Dom Tear, who was named the club’s Academy Player of the Season in 2017/18. In 25 appearances for the U23 team last year, Tear scored five goals and was rewarded with a contract extension in the summer.

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11. Hamza Choudhury, Leicester City

Age: 20
Position: Midfield

This season, towering central midfielder Hamza Choudhury steps up from flirting with Leicester’s matchday squad to becoming a regular fixture in the first XI. Choudhury made eight appearances for the Foxes last season and became a fan favourite earlier on, delivering tough performances while shielding the back four. With a solid run, Choudhury will become one of the very few Premier League players of South Asian descent – let’s hope he can be a game changer in that respect, too.

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12. Curtis Jones, Liverpool

Age: 17
Position: Midfield

It’s been an exciting summer for Liverpool fans and one of the most intriguing subplots has been the rise of Curtis Jones. The 17-year-old has been one of the stars of the club’s pre-season, with eye-catching displays in all five of their United States games. Jones is a born-and-bred scouser who plays with high energy and a creative touch. Klopp signed Jones to his first professional deal in February and with Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain out for the season, his spot in the squad is very much open.

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13. Claudio Gomes, Manchester City

Age: 18
Position: Midfield

While he might have become an instant meme following his one-second debut in the Community Shield, Claudio Gomes is no joke. The 18-year-old arrived at Man City from PSG this summer, where he was called the “best in his generation” at the club’s academy. Already compared to Claude Makelele, Gomes has been capped at three age groups for France and his defensive tendencies are expected to come into action for City this season as back up for Fernandinho.

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14. Tahith Chong, Manchester United

Age: 18
Position: Forward

Tahith Chong is one of those players that’s been talked about on Twitter for as long as he’s been in the game. With a ‘fro you can’t ignore and mad skills with the ball at his feet, clips of Chong at youth level went viral and many were waiting for him to finally step out with Man United’s senior team. That wait ended this summer, when he put in a good performance (and an assist) in the club’s first pre-season fixture. Chong has superstar potential and this season he might start to realise it.

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15. Victor Fernandez, Newcastle

Age: 20
Position: Forward

Since arriving from Spanish side UE Cornella in 2017, Rafa Benitez has paid close attention to the progress of winger Victor Fernandez. The player made 18 appearances for Newcastle’s reserves last season – scoring one goal – and was a regular part of the Magpies’ pre-season squad. It’s been a while since an NUFC youngster made the leap into the senior squad successfully and of the current prospects, Fernandez looks best set to make the transition.

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16. Yan Valery, Southampton

Age: 19
Position: Defender

Southampton have officially promoted young French full back Yan Valery to their senior squad for 2018/19 season, where he’ll compete for Cedric’s spot as the club’s right back. Valery signed a contract extension with the club earlier this year following a strong season in Premier League 2, where he netted his first goal for the club. Pace, technical ability and an eye for goal – Yan Valery could be the Saints’ next great prospect.

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17. Josh Onomah, Tottenham Hotspur

Age: 21
Position: Midfield

Touted by AJ Tracey as a five-star baller in last year’s “False 9” track, Josh Onomah has the entire culture checking for him. After spending a successful season on loan at Aston Villa in 2017/18 – where he scored four times – Onomah will be a part of Tottenham’s first team squad for the new season, and he’s expected to make a statement. The technically gifted midfielder is brave player who’s ready made for Spurs’ pedal to the metal style of play.

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18. Isaac Success, Watford

Age: 22
Position: Forward

One of the Premier League’s finest named players, Isaac Success is primed for a make-or-break season at Watford. The strong Nigerian striker was loaned to Malaga for the second half of last season but has returned to Vicarage Road this summer with renewed vigour and impressive pre-season performances. After joining the club for a record-breaking fee two years ago, fans are optimistic that this could the season in which Success fulfils his long-promised potential.

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19. Domingos Quina, West Ham

Age: 18
Position: Midfield

Once on the books at Chelsea, Domingos Quina is highly-hyped as one of the most talented youngsters to come through West Ham in years and, if rumours are to be believed, he’s currently on the radar of Barcelona. Quina made his senior debut for West Ham in the Europa League two years ago but has been tearing it up in the club’s academy ever since. West Ham fans will want this guy to stay.

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20. Morgan Gibbs-White, Wolves

Age: 18
Position: Midfield

While Wolves’ Portuguese influx has been credited with the cause of their revival, it’s the homegrown rise of Morgan Gibbs-White that’s got fans equally excited. Another of the England U17 World Cup winners, Gibbs-White brought that same form to his boyhood club last season, making 13 appearances for Wolves as they swept to promotion. The upstart won the club’s “Young Professional of the Year” award last season and is expected to rise up yet again in this season’s Premier League.