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Premier League: Youth XI

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Sterling has impressed this season at Liverpool  (©GettyImages)
Sterling has impressed this season at Liverpool (©GettyImages).

Season upon season there are new players that have burst onto the footballing scene and once again this season is no different.

Whether it's a teenager that has been taken in from abroad, or whether it's someone who has come up through a side's youth team, there will always be a shining starlet that makes a name for himself.

With footballers costing more and more every season, many teams are starting to develop more of their own players rather than splashing out on signing players from other clubs.

The Premier League can boast some of the greatest youths in current football and now we have decided to put together a Premier League XI filled with raw and young talent.

Here is our Youth XI: 

David De Gea | Manchester United | 22

After a shaky start, questions were raised about the Spaniard, but since the turn of the year, he has started to impress many with his impressive performances.

Questionable when it comes to decision making, but a class-act when it comes to shot-stopping. One for the future for Manchester United if he can get plenty of game-time.

Ben Davies | Swansea City | 19

Now this defender usually plays at left-back for Swansea, but to get into this team, he has been forced to play at right-back (I'm sure he won't mind).

Broke through into the first-team this season after a horrible injury to Neil Taylor and boy has Davies made the most of his opportunity. Great going forward and solid at the back, destined for a big future.

Matija Nastasic | Manchester City | 20

After signing for the champions in the summer, he was never really used as Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott was very much the first choice centre-back partnership, but injuries to both centre backs at times gave Nastasic a chance to shine and impress and boy he did.

Solid at the back and keeping experienced Lescott out of the side despite only being 20. Great prospect for Serbia and City.

Phil Jones | Manchester United | 21

Mr versatile at Manchester United and even considered as a striker by manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, Phil Jones has been a rock since joining from Blackburn. Played at right-back, centre-back and even centre-mid, the youngster looks like a solid signing for United and could be destined for a great future at Old Trafford and for England.

Luke Shaw | Southampton | 17

The youngest in the youth XI and a real breakthrough this season for Southampton. A team that are known for producing great talents, with the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming from The Saint's academy.

Luke Shaw looks like another one destined for the top. The 17-year-old could be on for great things in his career after an impressive debut Premier League season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | Arsenal | 19

Burst onto the scenes at the end of last season, 'The Ox' has dazzling pace and impressive strenght that could see him become one of the great Arsenal wingers.

Signed from Southampton and eased into the first-team picture, despite an injury-hit season, he has still show signs of promise and is one of England's hottest hopes for the future.

Oscar | Chelsea | 21

Signed in the summer from Brazilian side, Internacional, Oscar has firmly found his feet in the Premier League and in Chelsea's first-team along with the likes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

A technically gifted playmaker, with an eye for goal has seen him impress many in his debut season in England.

Jack Wilshere | Arsenal | 21

Recovering from a serious injury, Wilshere has stunned many with his impressive comeback and in fact, he actually looks even better now than he did before the injury.

After missing 17-months of action, Wenger warned Arsenal fans he wasn't going to be at his best this season, but he has proved everyone wrong. Powerful, quick, skillful and just all-in-all a top-class centre midfield. Future Arsenal and England captain is destined for the youngster.

Raheem Sterling | Liverpool | 18

Was picked in Rodgers' first Premier League side and from then has never looked back. Not known to hardly any football fan in the summer, Sterling has now become a bright prospect for England and Liverpool alike.

Quick, nifty and has a great eye for passing, this 17-year-old could be a big-time player in a few years time. Rested a lot recently as Rodgers is wary of burning him out in his debut season.

Andreas Weimann | Aston Villa | 21

In a very under-strengthed Villa side this campaign, Weimann and his striker partner, Cristian Benteke have been very impressive in front of goal.

I would have chosen Benteke, but with Weimann being a year younger, I went for the Austrian instead. Dangerous in the centre-forward role and also nifty in front of goal, Weimann could be a dangerous forward in years to come.

Romelu Lukaka | Chelsea, on loan at West Brom | 19

Destined for big things is this striker. Strong, quick, good in the air, great finisher and in general a real handful for defenders. Labelled the next Didier Drogba will please many Chelsea fans if he can match his reputation.

He's had a sensational season at the Hawthorns scoring goals for fun and could be the clinical striker that Chelsea are currently missing with hit-and-miss Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

Like every topic when it comes to football, there will be some people that agree with this line-up, but there will also be many that disagree, but this is the young set-up that I think is the most threatening and destined for big things in years to come.

 

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