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On the ball | The five most exciting young players in the Premier League right now

The stadiums might not have the fans, but the teams certainly have the stars: these are the five most exciting youngsters we think are going to shake up the Premier League

The Premier League has always been a hot bed for young talent. Somehow the likes of Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden seem to have been around forever – even though they are barely out of their teens.

Every new season sees a fresh batch of youngsters looking to make their name – coming from across the globe to seize on their opportunity in the most exciting league in the world.

We have picked five young players that could well emerge as world talents this season…

Mason Greenwood

The name Mason Greenwood has been uttered in hushed tones for a couple of years now, even as Marcus Rashford was bursting onto the scene.

The Bradford-born 18-year-old scored 17 times in 49 outings last season, developing quickly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tutoring.

He has recently been called up to the England squad, appearing for 12 minutes in the 1-0 victory away against Iceland in the Nations League.

Billy Gilmour

There is no shortage of exciting talent at Chelsea, from Mason Mount to Tammy Abraham, but Scotland’s Billy Gilmour is one player hoping to excite with the West London side.

He has been capped by his country up to Under 21 level and appeared six times in the Premier League for Frank Lampard’s Blues last season.

He has 11 outings to his name in total for Chelsea and is still only 19-years-old.

Kai Havertz

The first European import on our list is also at Stamford Bridge, after completing a deal the BBC suggests was worth around £71m.

He has moved from Bayer Leverkusen, treading a route that is familiar with young Bundesliga stars.

An infographic by Bwin reveals that the Premier League is the best division Bundesliga players can move, too – twice as many new arrivals from Germany play 900 minutes or more than in any other country.

Indeed, the 21-year-old’s career got off to a wonderful start with a hat-trick as the Blues thrashed Barnsley 6-0 in the Carabao Cup.

Curtis Jones

Liverpool’s academy has produced some genuinely great players in the past, with 19-year-old Jones the latest to come rolling off the production line.

He sprang to attention with a wonderful goal against Everton in the FA Cup last season, a feat he repeated in the following round against Shrewsbury Town.

The attacking midfielder has played 16 times in total for the Reds and is now on the cusp of his Anfield breakthrough.

He got off the mark this season early too, bagging a brace as Liverpool put seven past Lincoln City.

Pedro Neto

Wolves have had their fair share of success with Portuguese imports of late, Ruben Neves, João Moutinho and Diogo Jota all looking sublime in the black and gold of the Molineux side.

Neto is the latest to get the fans excited; the 19-year-old already has a full season behind him, appearing 29 times in last season’s Premier League.

West Ham thrashed Wolves 4-0 at the end of September, a result which disappointed supporters, but Neto’s performance was one which did give the visitors cause for optimism and he could prove to be the jewel in their crown this campaign.

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