Premier League clubs have long been accused of prioritising high-profile signings to the detriment of their academies.
The criticism arguably wasn't unjust for much of the past two decades, what with the financial capacity for English sides to instantly fill just about any void in their squad via the transfer market.
However, despite Premier League teams making a collective loss of £1.1 billion from player movement during the 2018-19 season, youth is making a comeback.
After looking at Spain, Italy and France earlier this week, today GiveMeSport turns its attention to the youth of the most popular competition in world football.
Without further ado, here's our best XI of teenagers currently playing in the English top-flight.
GK: JOAO VIRGINIA
In goal, Everton’s Joao Virginia, formerly of Arsenal and Porto, is widely considered the long-term successor to Jordan Pickford despite being only five years his junior.
RB: RAFAEL CHAMACHO
Rafael Chamacho was a regular during pre-season under Jurgen Klopp, and earned his first 90 minutes of competitive senior football in an FA Cup clash versus Wolves in January.
CB: ETHAN AMPADU
Ethan Ampadu deservedly occupies one of the central roles in the back four having demonstrated maturity beyond his years across 12 first-team outings for Chelsea.
CB: ERIC GARCIA
Partnering the Wales international, Eric Garcia captained every Barcelona youth side he represented between 2008 and his move to Manchester City in 2017.
LB: RUBEN VINAGRE
Wolves’ Ruben Vinagre takes his place on the left side of defence after proving himself a worthy deputy to one of the signings of the season in Jonny.
RM: CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has long been a key player for the Blues at youth level, which is why his step up to senior football has rightly been met with admiration more so than surprise.
CM: MATEO GUENDOUZI
Mateo Guendouzi is a no-brainer in midfield. The Frenchman has played in 25 of Arsenal’s 30 Premier League matches this term, with 19 of those appearances being starts.
CM: PHIL FODEN
Likewise, Phil Foden’s season tally of 22 appearances and six goals in all competitions justifies the faith Manchester City have in him.
LM: RYAN SESSEGNON
On the opposite flank, Ryan Sessegnon walks into this team. No teenager across the top five European leagues has made more appearances than him this season, and there’s every indication the Fulham prodigy adds to his two goals and five assists.
ST: MASON GREENWOOD
Manchester United wasted no time in signing Mason Greenwood to his first professional contract in October after he finished top scorer in the Under-18 Premier League North last term.
ST: RHIAN BREWSTER
Partnering him up top is Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster, who helped England win the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 as he scooped the Golden Boot and Bronze Ball.
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