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Premier League's best home grown players

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Barca's XI against Levante were all La Masia graduates (©GettyImages)
Barca's XI against Levante were all La Masia graduates (©GettyImages).

Is it not enough to be the envy of the footballing world already?

Barcelona’s La Masia earns plenty of plaudits for being perhaps the greatest producer of young footballing talent in the world having honed the skills of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabrgeas to name but a few – but now the small farmhouse outside the Nou Camp has taken it to the next level.

Just 14 minutes into Barcelona’s comfortable 4-0 win over Levante on Saturday, Brazilian Dani Alves limped off to be replaced by youngster Martin Montoya.

At that point, all eleven players on the pitch for Barcelona had come through La Masia or the first time in the club’s history.

It was an incredible achievement and a testament to the skills of those working at the academy – but it did raise a few questions. In the Premier League for example, the emphasis appears to be on shipping in players rather than developing them – so how would the biggest teams in English football get on if they were forced to rely on home grown players more?

In 2010, the Premier League introduced new rules to help increase the number of home grown players – those who have been at an English club for at least three seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday.

So, with that in mind GMF takes a look at the best homegrown players at five of the biggest clubs in English football, and assesses their chances of making it big.

All players included below qualify as a home grown player as laid out by Premier league rules and are aged 21 or under.


Tottenham Hotspur

Tom Carroll: Potential 8/10

Steven Caulker: Potential 8/10

 

Manchester United

Davide Petrucci: Potential - 7/10

Nick Powell: Potential - 9/10

Ryan Tunnicliffe: - 8/10

five of the biggest clubs in English football, and assesses their chances of making it big.

All players included below qualify as a home grown player as laid out by Premier league rules and are aged 21 or under.


Tottenham Hotspur

Tom Carroll: Potential 8/10

Steven Caulker: Potential 8/10

 

Manchester United

Davide Petrucci: Potential - 7/10

Nick Powell: Potential - 9/10

Ryan Tunnicliffe: - 8/10

 

Arsenal

Keiran Gibbs: Potential – 8/10

Emmanuel Frimpong: Potential – 7/10

Jack Wilshere: Potential - 9/10

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