The best teenage Premier League XI was named in 2017, featuring Liverpool and Man City stars

In 2017, the best teenage XI in the Premier League was named by Sportskeeda.

Five years have now passed. So, what players made up the Premier League’s best teenage XI in 2017 and where are they now?

Goalkeeper: Curtis Anderson

In 2017, Anderson was on the books at Man City and was pivotal as England won the U17 World Cup.

But he left City in 2019 having not played a single game for the club. He went on to have stints with Charlotte Independence and Wycombe Wanderers and now plays for Lancaster City in the English seventh tier.

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold has thrived since making his debut for Liverpool in 2016. He has gone from strength-to-strength and is considered one of the best right-backs in the world.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool in action during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak Moskva at Anfield on December 6, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Centre-back: Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Big things were expected of Fosu-Mensah after he made his Man United debut in 2016.

But he never managed to establish himself as a first-team regular. He now plays for Bayer Leverkusen.

Centre-back: Axel Tuanzebe

Like Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe was highly thought of at United but never became a first-team regular.

He joined Napoli on loan in January but his spell as been riddled with injury.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Axel Tuanzebe of Man United during the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on February 09, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Left-back: Lewis Gibson

Now 21, Gibson has failed to make a single appearance for Everton. He’s spent the 2021/22 season at League One outfit, Sheffield Wednesday, where he has made just six appearances.

Left-midfield: Phil Foden

It’s fair to say Foden has fulfilled his potential. The Englishman has, at the time of writing, played 157 times for Manchester City and scored 42 times. He’s also helped them to three Premier League titles.

Still just 21, he’s already an incredible talent and will only get better.

BOISSY-SAINT-LEGER, FRANCE – OCTOBER 29: Phil Foden of England rreacts during the Tournoi International game between England U16 and the Netherlands U16 on October 29, 2015 in Boissy-Saint-Leger, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Centre-midfield: Tom Davies

Davies is still at Everton, having made 158 appearances and scored seven times for his boyhood club.

Right-midfield: Reiss Nelson

Nelson, now 22, has played 48 times for the north London club.

He is currently on loan at Dutch top tier side, Feyenoord. His spell hasn’t been overly successful, though, as he hasn’t scored a league goal for the Eredivisie outfit this season.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Reiss Nelson of England U16’s in action during the International U16 fixture between England and Belgium at St George’s Park on August 20, 2014 in Burton-Upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Left-forward: Brahim Diaz

After impressing in limited appearances for Man City, Diaz made the £22 million to Real Madrid in 2019.

Diaz found game time hard to come by at Los Blancos, though, and has spent the last two seasons at AC Milan.

He’s shone for the Italian outfit, scoring 11 times in 72 appearances for AC Milan over the past two seasons.

Right-forward: Angel Gomes

After making 10 appearances for United, Gomes rejected a new contract from the club to become a free agent in 2020.

He subsequently joined Lille and enjoyed a successful loan spell with Boavista in 2020/21.

Gomes returned to Lille last summer and has played 23 times for the club this season, scoring twice.

Striker: Ben Woodburn

Woodburn didn’t develop the way that Liverpool would have hoped.

He flattered to deceive in loan spells with Sheffield United, Oxford United and Blackpool.

He has spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Hearts, where he has scored three times in 25 games.

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