Eight top Premier League wonderkids in Football Manager 2017

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With the full version of Football Manager 2017 set for release later this week, there will be bedroom managers up and down the country gearing up for new scouting missions while planning their attack.

For years now the concept of 'wonderkids' has played a huge part of why the game is so great, and with every incarnation of the game there is a new list of youngsters to pore over.

And while you could spend £10K here on an Italian teenager here, or £30K on a pre-pubescent German centre-back there, we're highlighting eight of the best young players currently making their way into the ether in the Premier League.

Of course, there's no guarantee any of these players will live up to the hype in real life, but the scouts at Sports Interactive seem to have seen enough in these boys to get sufficiently excited.

Reece Oxford - West Ham United

Age: 17
Position: Centre-back/Midfield
Nationality: English 
Value: £500k

The teenager burst onto the scene at the beginning of last season with an impressive display against Arsenal on the opening day, but since then has seen his chances to shine limited. However, there is still plenty of time for him to prove his worth and show what he can do.

Jadon Sancho - Manchester City

Age: 16
Position: Attacking midfielder
Nationality: English
Value: £100k

Sancho is yet to feature for City's first team, but is a regular for England at under-16 level. Though he's still some way off regular first team football, Pep Guardiola is known for putting his faith in youth so fans could see him pop up at some point in the near future.

Ben Woodburn - Liverpool

Age: 16
Position: Forward
Nationality: Welsh
Value: £150k

Woodburn is a regular for Liverpool's development side and frequently playing in age groups higher than his own. Furthermore he has got fans salivating thanks to comparisons with former Kop legends Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

Ben Chilwell - Leicester City

Age: 19
Position: Left-back
Nationality: English
Value: £2.1m

Chilwell is highly thought of at the King Power Stadium, and though he only has a handful of first team appearances under his belt, he had enough in his locker to reportedly attract interest from Arsenal earlier in the year.

Aleix Garcia - Manchester City

Age: 19
Position: Attacking midfield 
Nationality: Spanish
Value: £450k

The former Villarreal youngster made a single appearance for the club last term but has become more of a fixture this time around, and has even bagged a goal in the club's League Cup victory over Swansea.

Emerson Hyndman - Bournemouth

Age: 20
Position: Attacking midfield
Nationality: American
Value: £5.3m

The 20-year-old has already made a name for himself with Fulham, which earned him a summer switch to Bournemouth. So far, though, he's had a limited impact, featuring just twice for The Cherries from the bench.

Tammy Abraham - Chelsea

Age: 18
Position: Striker
Nationality: English
Value: £4.9m

Abraham is currently on loan with Championship side Bristol City, where he is lighting up the Championship in front of goal with an already impressive haul of 12 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - Southampton

Age: 21 
Position: Central midfield
Nationality: Danish
Value: £1.1m

Hojbjerg is already well known in Germany thanks to successful stints with Bayern Munich, Augsburg and Schalke. The Saints acted quickly to bring him to St. Mary's and have a potential superstar on their hands.

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