Best Young Premier League XI

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GK: Wojciech Szczesny - 23 years-old

The man between the sticks for Arsenal has had an unbelievable first half to the season. Much changed from the man we saw last season who dropped crosses and was poor when coming out of his net.

Arsenal have the best defensive record in the Premier League this year with the 6ft 5in Polish keeper only conceding 18 goals, and they will need him to stay in top form if the Gunners are to win the title this season.

RB: Kyle Walker - 23 years-old

Ever present for Tottenham, Walker has looked solid both defensively and attacking wise now for the last few seasons. Will need to be on top-form in the summer if England are to progress deep into the World Cup.

Blessed with pace and his awareness is second to none when it comes to threading a through ball to his winger or intercepting a pass from the opposition. 

CB: Steven Caulker - 22 years-old

Oh how Spurs could have done with him this season. An incredible athlete and a key reason to why Cardiff started the season so well before the Malky Mackay/Vincent Tan debacle ruined it.

Not unknown for him to pop up with a goal or two and if he carries on his sparkling form, he will certainly have heads turning, and Roy Hodgson a headache as to whether to take him or not to Brazil.

CB: Matija Nastasic - 20 years-old

Will be a key figure to City's defence in the next 10 years, and a key reason to why the likes of Joleon Lescott are on the outside looking in to the City starting XI this year.

Many comparisons have been made with his fellow countryman Nemanja Vidic and he is definitely proving those to be accurate this season with his dominant performances alongside Vincent Kompany, who will be an ideal mentor for the Serbian's progress in the next few years.

LB: Luke Shaw - 18 years-old

It's not often gems come along, but Southampton have uncovered quite a few in recent years and Luke Shaw is another example of why the Saints academy is one of the very best in Europe.

In short, his exceptional performances this year have had many European clubs sniffing around for him, and he should be a star for the England team for the next 15 years after Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines have retired. 

LAM: Eden Hazard - 22 years-old

At only 22, it feels like the young winger has been around for years. In his debut season for Chelsea last year, he was ever present and a key reason for their 3rd position finish in the Premier League and Europa League triumph.

He is part of the Belgium team which is expected to do great things at the World Cup in Brazil and has been touted as "World Class" by John Terry. It's a privilege to have a player of his quality in the UK.

CM: Ross Barkley - 20 years-old

A teenage sensation if ever there was one, he has shown he is the real deal with his performances this season for Everton. The boy has everything, a suburb shot, terrific free-kick ability, defensive tenacity and an eye for a pass.

What Barkley has shown this season so far, more than warrants a place in the starting XI for England in Brazil.

CM: Ravel Morrison - 20 years-old

Since sorting out his attitude which ended his Manchester United days prematurely, Morrison has been outstanding for West Ham this season. For a central midfielder, he has the trickery of a winger, something we saw when he scored that terrific solo goal against Tottenham.

Morrison loves to get stuck in, has excellent work-rate and he is sure to be a regular player in the England team when the old guard make way.

RAM: Adnan Januzaj - 18 years-old

One of the only shining lights in what has been a very disappointing season for Manchester United, the 18-year-old sensation has lit up the Premier League.

The Belgium born midfielder has made 14 competitive appearances this season, scoring three goals in the process, and earning nationwide praise for his trickery and ability to pick out the impossible pass.

Has gained a few critics recently though for his tendency to dive, but as long as he keeps that out of his game and continues his progress he will one day be included in the same circles as Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Cantona as Manchester United greats.

ST: Romelu Lukaku - 20 years-old

He's been consistently outstanding for the last two seasons for West Brom and now Everton on loan, and Chelsea fans will be wondering at the moment why they never kept him in west London.

For someone who is only 20, Lukaku has the build of a giant, which is why the comparisons to Didier Drogba are never too far away. He is strong, possesses great heading and holding up ability similar to a centre forward, but also has the feet that gives him the ability to dance away from defenders and leave them for dead.

The Belgian big-man has scored 26 goals in his last 53 Premier League appearances, a record that even a seasoned pro would be proud of, let alone a young lad whose career has only just begun.

ST: Saido Berahino - 20 years-old

Unknown to any football fan before the start of this season, this lad has come from absolutely nowhere to surprise everyone with his performances. At 20 years old, the young West Brom striker has rapidly gained a reputation of a future England star.

Berahino's footwork is second-to-none, an eye for goal at such a young age and the nerves of a player who has been around for years. His performance against West Ham just tipified the youngster as he came on and completely turned the game on its head, with a goal and a bending free-kick which smashed against the cross-bar. 


David De Gea - 23 years-old (Had a difficult first season at United but has recovered well to his credit and is now one of the most consistent keepers in the league)

Nathan Baker - 22 years-old (A solid centre-back for the last two seasons at Aston Villa. Has not had the luxury of being developed in a team full of quality and was right in the thick of a relegation battle last season. Will be essential to Villa's defence for years to come)

Ben Davies - 20 years-old (A great full-back who has bags of potential, if he carries on progressing he could be one of the best in the World)

Aaron Ramsey - 23 years-old (Finally recovered from his horrific injury to be having the best season of his career. A real talent who can finish, pass, tackle and lead the team)

Jack Wilshere - 22 years-old (Great player, hasn't progressed as much as some would have thought but that is largely down to his injury ridden 2013. Attitude problem has surfaced in the last few weeks)

James Ward-Prowse - 19 years-old (Possesses a great cross and is versatile. Another product of the Southampton academy)

Nabil Bentaleb - 19 years-old (Has only played three professional games but his name is on everyone's lips as to where this young prodigy has come from. This boy is the real deal)

Moussa Dembele - 17 years-old (A real prospect who has been terrorising defences in the U-21 League)

Danny Welbeck - 23 years-old (Not a natural finisher but adds to United's dynamic attack and can play across the front 4 positions)

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