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Premier League: Under-21 XI

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Oscar did enough to make the team (©GettyImages)
Oscar did enough to make the team (©GettyImages).

While we recap on another amazing Premier League season, the young players come into the spotlight.

Here is a team of players who were 21 or under when the season kicked off and who showed their full of talent.

Goalkeeper - David De Gea, Manchester United

The Spanish goalkeeper signed for the Devils in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and on his debut made an error against West Brom. 

Claims had suggested he’s not suited for the English Premier League. But, after only just missing out on the Premier League title in 2012, his second season proved to be one of his best, playing 41 games and winning the championship back from rivals Manchester City.

The claims were well and truly in the trash-can as De Gea showed himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Right-Back- Nathaniel Clyne, Southampton

The newly-promoted Southampton signed Clyne from Crystal Palace last summer. Alongside fellow full-back Luke Shaw, he established himself as one of the first names on the Saints' team sheet.

After playing 34 times last season, Clyne looks set for a successful first-team career at St. Mary’s.

An England call up could also be on the cards for the full-back in only his first season in the Premier League.

Centre-Back- Phil Jones, Manchester United

No-one is sure what this guy’s future position will be after playing centre-back, centre-midfield and at right-back last season.

But the England international has proved a good example of the Manchester United scouting network.

Along with his funny faces, Jones showed immense thirst and tactical understanding throughout the campaign.

All the ex-Blackburn player needs is an injury-free stretch to release his potential.

Centre-back: Matija Nastasic, Manchester City

Nastastic is one of the few good points that came of Manchester City’s season - after a trophy less season cost Roberto Mancini his job.

After joining from Italian side, Fiorentina, the Serbian defender proved to be a big help in Manchester City’s quest to the FA Cup final and the battle for the Premier League.

In his debut season at the Blues, Nastasic got himself into the PFA Young Player of the Year nominee shortlist.

The City fans have a player who could play for them for another decade.

Left-back: Ben Davies, Swansea City

Ben Davies broke into the Swansea squad in September when first choice left back, Neil Taylor broke his foot.

Davies, an academy product at the age of 19, stepped in for Michael Laundrup as he helped the Welsh side win their first major cup as they won the Capital One Cup.

After some fine performances, Davies and Taylor will have to battle for the left-back position at the Liberty Stadium.

Centre-midfielder: James McCarthy, Wigan Athletic

After the relegation of Wigan, James McCarthy had attracte interest of the biggest clubs in England, who are looking to get the Scotsman on a cheap.

McCarthy controlled Roberto Martinez’s midfield along with Shaun Maloney, but couldn’t prevent the Latics being relegated.

Last season, he played central-midfielder, defensive-midfielder, centre-back, right-back and right wing-back - a remarkable achievement for a young player.

Centre-midfielder: Jack Wilshere, Arsenal

Jack Wilshere seems to have been known for a long time, but the England international is still only 21-years-old.

The gifted midfielder is technically gifted and inspires players around him. 

Arsene Wenger had been willing to lean on the midfielder to help his team win silverware.

The only negative point for Wilshere is his injuries. This could stop this man from becoming a world class player and may help England win a World Cup.

Right-winger: Oscar, Chelsea

When Chelsea signed Oscar from Internacional last summer, it didn’t seem Chelsea had any position for the Brazilian to fill.

But the young player reinvented himself and combined perfectly with Cesar Azpilicueta on the right hand side to play 34 games.

Oscar is only going to get better and better, and with Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea, the Brazilian looks set for a long career.

Attacking-midfielder: Coutinho, Liverpool

The Liverpool midfield already looked talented and experience, but the arrival of Coutinho from Inter Milan in January improved Liverpool’s season.

The Brazilian quickly became a fans favourite at Anfield and produced many assists for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Coutinho linked with January signing Daniel Sturridge and helped Sturridge score his 10 goals in 14 games.

Left winger: Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Joining for Lille in France, Hazard had a inconsistent first season at Stamford Bridge.

He started the season brilliantly, ripping Wigan, Newcastle and Reading apart in the first three games of the season, but the Belgium’s form dipped ads Chelsea dropped out of the Champions League.

His fortunes began to turn again towards the end of the season, helping Chelsea win the Europa League.

Hazard looks set for a successful campaign under Mourinho and it looks like every penny of the £32m spent on Hazard could prove to be vital.

Striker: Christian Benteke, Aston Villa

Benteke was an unknown player when Paul Lambert paid £7m for the Belgium international back in August.

Lambert received a lot of stick from the media for not buying players who have Premier League experience, but Lambert’s choice to believe in youth proved the right one, when Aston Villa survived the drop.

The Belgium international scored 19 goals in his debut season and Benteke became the heartbeat of the team.

However, in July 2013, Benteke put in a transfer request to leave Villa.

 

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