The Premier League features a number of up-and-coming talents, and here's the best of the bunch who have yet to turn 20.

By 90Min
July 24, 2019

With the new Premier League season fast approaching, there's a lot of focus on the youngsters earning minutes in the preseason friendlies around the globe.

Every team has its rising stars they hope will be the next big thing to propel them to glory or at least turn a tidy profit, but who are the best of the best? Here's a starting XI of the best teenagers the league has to offer entering the new campaign.


Goalkeeper

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Joao Virginia, Everton - As well as being Everton's unofficial translator, helping the likes of Bernard, Richarlison and their teammates cope with the language barrier, the 19-year-old Portuguese international is a very promising keeper in his own right.

Prior to joining Everton, Virginia spent time in the youth systems of both Benfica and Arsenal, where his youngest brother Pedro still plays.

While the prospect of replacing Jordan Pickford–who is only 25 himself–remains some way in the future, manager Marco Silva is happy for the teen to continue developing at his own pace. As it is, he'll spend the season on loan with Reading in the Championship.


Defenders

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Reece James, Chelsea - The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Wigan Athletic, where he arguably became their best player. Although right back is his natural position, James is a versatile player who spent a lot of that campaign playing central midfield. He was so impressive, in fact, that he earned himself a place in the official Championship Team of the Season.

Max Aarons, Norwich City - While he also predominantly played right back during Norwich's Championship title winning campaign last season, the 19-year-old is also capable of playing the other side. The second tier's Young Player of the Year made up half of an incredible fullback pairing for the Canaries, with 21-year-old Jamal Lewis also impressing.

Aarons was linked with a move to Manchester United, but that now looks to be off the cards following their signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Man City - Someone who may have been largely unknown to most Premier League fans, Harwood-Bellis is beginning to enter the picture at champions Manchester City. At just 17, the Stockport-born center back has already started for the Sky Blues during preseason, most notably in the Asia Trophy semifinal victory over West Ham.

Eric Garcia, Man City - As a graduate from Barcelona's renowned La Masia academy, it's hardly unlikely that Garcia is already making an impact in the Premier League. Guardiola clearly has a lot of faith in his fellow Catalan, choosing to start the 18-year-old in both semifinal legs against Burton Albion in last season's Carabao Cup.


Midfielders

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Oliver Skipp, Tottenham - Plenty of Tottenham fans are already calling for this 18-year-old gem to secure a more consistent place in the starting lineup, and you can see why.

While Harry Kane has earned most of the plaudits for his long-range strike in the preseason victory against Juventus, Spurs' up and coming defensive midfielder also caught the eye. Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of options in central midfield following the purchase of Tanguy Ndombele, but Skipp certainly shouldn't be overlooked.

Morgan Gibbs-White, Wolves - Many are predicting big things for Wolverhampton Wanderers' 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder, who has already enjoyed a standout season during 2018-19. He's a versatile individual, most recently being utilized just behind the striker during preseason. He scored with an impressive finish during the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle en route to claiming the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Phil Foden, Man City - Arguably the star man of this lineup, the 19-year-old Foden has achieved the almost impossible task of breaking into Manchester City's lineup. Now a regular either on the bench or in the first team, Foden is highly regarded by Guardiola, who believes England has a real diamond–and he's the perfect fit to play behind our forwards in this attacking 4-3-3 formation.


Forwards

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Reiss Nelson, Arsenal - A loan spell at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim seems to be the best thing that could have happened to the Arsenal rising star.

The 19-year-old made a total of 29 appearances during the 2018/19 season, also gaining experience of playing Champions League football, and as all the Wilfried Zaha talk continues, it appears that Unai Emery is completely disregarding a suitable alternative already at the club.

Rhian Brewster, Liverpool - The 19-year-old Reds' forward has been tipped for a breakthrough season and has displayed a keen eye for goal in his limited opportunities. With Daniel Sturridge gone and Liverpool fighting on multiple fronts, there should be chances to be had, and Brewster is poised to seize them.

Mason Greenwood, Man United - The Manchester United striker was beginning to emerge under Solskjaer last season, making a substitute appearance in the miraculous Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

He's boosted his chances of breaking into the first team during preseason, with a goal against Leeds United as well as the decider when the Red Devils faced Inter Milan.

Supporters are now calling for the 17-year-old to be thrown straight into the starting lineup for their opening Premier League fixture against Chelsea, and while that may be a reach, it's clear he has value and the ability to contribute not just in the future but right away.

(Note: Chelsea's 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi would've been a clear featured star in this squad, though an Achilles tear suffered in the spring figures to keep him out of action for the time being. Wanted by Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi has already broken through both with the Blues and England as a clear star of the present and future.)

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