Starting XI of the best young players in the Premier League this season

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The 2015/16 Premier League campaign has proved to be something of a breakthrough season for some of Europe's hottest prospects.

Amidst all the inconsistency of England's top sides, several youngsters have benefited from game time and showcased their undeniable talents in what is widely regarded as football's toughest domestic league.

Here's a starting XI of the youngsters to have impressed most thus far.


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Jack Butland. The 22-year-old Englishman has arguably been the best 'keeper in the Premier League this season and attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.

Butland struggled to impose himself last season having played second fiddle to Asmir Begovic, but following the latter's summer move to Chelsea, England's no.2 has been excellent for Stoke City and played a large part in the club's rich form.


Hector Bellerin. The explosive full-back's rise to prominence has seen the Spaniard surge ahead of teammates Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers to claim the position as his own.

A consistent performer, Bellerin's pace has proved a particularly valuable asset when going forward and defending. It's a scary thought that he's still far from the end product.


John Stones. Surprisingly still at Everton after three bids from Chelsea last summer, the Englishman has become a regular at Goodison Park and established himself as one of the Premier League's best centre-backs.

Like Bellerin there's still much to improve, but the fact he's guaranteed a spot at next summer's European Championships emphasises how highly he's rated.


Kurt Zouma. Amidst a season where the Blues' experienced players have failed to step up, the Frenchman has been Chelsea's best defender and is undoubtedly the focal point around which they should build their squad for the future.


Brendan Galloway. One of two players completely new to the Premier League, the young Englishman has performed admirably for Everton this season.

In Leighton Baines' recent absence, Galloway proved a capable replacement and suggested he's the man to eventually succeed his compatriot.


Dele Alli. The former MK Dons youngster has been a revelation for Tottenham this season and one of the club's most consistent performers.

Powerful and clinical when going forward, Alli has notched a couple of well-taken goals this season and looks likely to continue his rise to prominence with England at next summer's European Championships.


Eric Dier. The Englishman has followed a similar path to Germany's Philipp Lahm, who made the transition from a defender to defensive midfielder.

Dier was utilised predominantly across Tottenham's back line prior to his senior England call-up, but has since established himself as a midfielder capable of linking the defence to Spurs' attacking players. Another likely to feature at Euro 2016.


Gerard Deulofeu. The Spaniard has finally started to show signs of the potential he was renowned for at Barcelona, with his three-pronged relationship with Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley one of the Premier League's most dangerous attacking trios.


Ross Barkley. The powerful Englishman is often criticised for inconsistency, yet there's little denying Barkley is an exciting future prospect.

The 22-year-old has scored some fantastic goals this season, which have inevitably led to comparisons with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and current England captain, Wayne Rooney.


Raheem Sterling. Is yet to live up to his £49 million price tag following a summer move to Manchester City, but there's no doubting Sterling's ability. His pace and trickery have proved effective for the Citizens this season on a number of occasions.


Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has finally showed the world what he is capable of following an excellent season of goalscoring for Everton thus far.

Lukaku has all the traits to establish himself as the perfect striker and with 15 league goals to his name this campaign, there's still improvements to make.

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