Every season, records are broken by clubs throughout the country upon fielding a new raw, precocious talent. This season has been no different.
Half way through the current English season, GiveMeFootball identifies the youngsters to look out for in the current Football League campaign.
This season has seen the emergence of first-team football for players from age groups as low as the 1996 category. And that is the age group of our first player to come under the GiveMeFootball microscope. Derby County's Mason Bennett.
MASON BENNETT (Derby County) Born 15th July 1996
Striker Bennett made waves back in October when he became Derby County's youngest ever first-team player, playing for 77 minutes in Derby's 2-0 away defeat to Middlesbrough. Prior to this, he was an unused substitue in the Carling Cup game with Shrewsbury just under a month on from his 15th birthday.
JORDON IBE (Wycombe Wanderers) Born 8th December 1995
Ibe was handed Wycombe's number 33 shirt earlier this season ahead of a fledgling appearance in the Carling Cup tie with Colchester. The best was to come two months later as the 16-year-old marked his first start with a goal in the club's slender 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. The youngster has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Liverpool in the summer.
JAMES WARD-PROWSE (Southampton) Born 1st November 1994
Don't tell Saints' fans but Ward-Prowse was indeed born in Portsmouth and has been at St Mary's since the age of eight. He got his first taste of first-team action in the Carling Cup at Crystal Palace in October, and this weekend marked his second start for the club by scoring the first goal in the club's 2-1 FA Cup victory at Coventry.
PAUL DIGBY (Barnsley) Born 2nd February 1995
Digby has benefitted from being part of one of the Championship's smaller squads, thus getting his first-team chance quite early in his career. His chance came at Pride Park, Derby, whereby he managed 58 minutes replacing David Perkins in central midfield.
JAANAI GORDON-HUTTON (Peterborough) Born 7th December 1995
The kid with the double barrel surname has yet to make his first-team bow for Posh, but has appeared on the bench twice this campaign. The striker is likely to get a run out this season as Peterborough's squad only currently contains just 24 registered playing staff.
BYRON LAWRENCE (Ipswich) Born 12th March 1996
The limelight was thrust upon young midfielder Lawrence back in August when Paul Jewell handed him a place on the bench. There is rumoured interest from Arsenal in the kid who currently wears squad number 38.
JAKE FORSTER-CASKEY (Brighton) Born 25th April 1994
With notable heritage in being the son of former footballer Darren Caskey and stepson of ex-Brighton striker Nicky Forster, Forster-Caskey has been impressive when he has figured this season notching goals from midfield against Southampton and Wrexham respectively.
LUKE SHAW (Southampton) Born 12th July 1995
Left back Luke has not tasted first-team football yet this season but has made the Saints' bench twice. Some feat for the 16-year-old who has recently been linked with big names such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.News Now - Sport News