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.
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.
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.
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.
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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