Five U-21 Premier League Players You Need To Watch This Season

The U-21 Premier League stars of tomorrow are about to make a name for themselves.

The Premier League breeds some of the best young talents of any league in the world. Youth academy stars are given a chance with the first team, and quite often, they stay. As we get closer to the start of the Premier League season, here are five players 20 years old and under, that you need to pay attention to this season.

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal 

Market Value: $71.5 Million

Age: 20

Starting this list is a player it feels wrong to even include. Saka has already proven himself as one of the most technically gifted and awe-inspiring wingers in the world, let alone the Premier League. Despite the abuse he suffered following the Euros last season, Saka finished as Arsenal’s top scorer and assister with 11 goals and seven assists in 38 games.

He has thrived under Mikel Arteta and with a strong core of young teammates such as Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Ødegaard, and, Gabriel Martinelli, this may be just the beginning for Bukayo Saka.

Cole Palmer, Manchester City

Market Value: $6.6 Million

Age: 20

A lesser-known name, Cole Palmer has only appeared for Man City’s first team on 11 occasions but he certainly made his presence known. In the Champions League last fall, he replaced Kevin De Bruyne from the bench and scored just two minutes into his debut.

He scored two more goals in all competitions last season and with Pep Guardiola’s reputation for promoting young talent, expect to see more from number 80 this season.

Fabio Carvalho, Liverpool

Market Value: $13.2 Million

Age: 19

Fabio Carvalho has swapped London for Liverpool following a tremendous season with Fulham last campaign. The Portuguese 19-year-old set the Championship alight with 10 goals and eight assists, good enough for second in both categories among Fulham players.

Getting into the Liverpool lineup will be a challenge as he competes with Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones for minutes in central-midfield. If he does make it onto the field with the first team, his vision and eye for goal could prove deadly for opposing defenses this season. 

Julio Enciso, Brighton and Hove Albion

Market Value: $12.1 Million

Age: 18

Julio Enciso was born in 2004. Isn’t that just a terrifying thought?

This summer, Enciso joined Brighton from Paraguayan first division side Libertad for $12.7 million following a fantastic season where he tallied 11 goals and three assists in just 14 games. Since joining Brighton, Enciso has already featured for the club in a behind-closed-doors friendly, but only time will tell if he is a genuine starter or bench player.

With a hefty price tag attached to him, however, it may be a safe bet that Enciso will see some good playing time on the south coast.

Michael Olise, Crystal Palace

Market Value: $24.2 Million

Age: 20

Crystal Palace endured midtable mediocrity last season. Comfortably safe from relegation and miles off European cup qualifications. But in this aimless campaign was a glimmer of hope for the future.

20-year-old French midfielder Michael Olise had a fantastic campaign scoring twice and assisting five times from his less advanced role on the right. He recorded 9.54 progressive carries per 90 and helped out defensively as well with 1.74 blocks per 90.

While admittedly a far way off from challenging the upper echelon sides, Olise and Wilfried Zaha combined with new signings Cheick Doucouré and Chris Richards, could just push Patrick Viera’s side into contention for European qualification.