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Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Premier League Bingo: How many points can you score?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Alexandre Lacazette's late winner ensures this fixture does not finish 1-1 for a fourth consecutive season.  15 points: Serge Aurier verges between the sublime and the calamitous, providing an assist and conceding a penalty at the Emirates.  25 points: Paul Merson wonders whether Mauricio Pochettino really 'grabs it', and claims Tim Sherwood would have this Spurs side in the same position.  Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (3pm) 5 points: Harry Arter bounces back from his World Cup disappointment to create Bournemouth's winning goal.  15 points: Junior Stanislas is the latest recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment.  25 points: The 87th different fixture in Premier League history is declared the blandest yet.  Credit: REUTERS Burnley vs Swansea City (3pm) 5 points: The home side win 1-0 - c'mon this is too easy.  15 points: Sean Dyche masterminds another conjuring trick by winning three points despite the opposition have four times as many shots on goal.  25 points: Tony Gale loses his mind when he sees Renato 'Doesn't Fancy It' Sanches wearing gloves on a nippy Lancashire afternoon, claiming it disrespects the war dead.  Crystal Palace vs Everton (3pm)  5 points: Expected goals finally tells the truth and Palace record a welcome 2-1 win.  15 points: Roy Hodgson responds to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's fine performances like only a former England manager can - by shifting him wide in a 4-4-2.  25 points: Still to appoint a permanent manager, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri decides to hand the role to a different celebrity fan each week. John Parrott is in the dugout at Selhurst Park.  Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm) 5 points: Jamie Vardy gets another goal against one of the 'Big Six' but it is not enough to prevent another Manchester City win.  15 points: Raheem Sterling answers the boo-boys with another goal and assist.  25 points: Glenn Hoddle marvels at the sort of slick passing football he could only dream of coaching, but remarks it's a shame there are 'not enough English people' involved.  Credit: ACTION IMAGES Liverpool vs Southampton (3pm) 5 points: A reassuringly healthy Jurgen Klopp conducts from the touchline as Liverpool enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win at Anfield.  15 points: Kenny Dalgsish is interviewed on the pitch at half-time, and the club try to forget the fact he lumbered them with Jordan Henderson.  25 points: Virgil Van Dijk manages to surpass Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Worst Performance Against Your Future Employers of the season.  West Brom vs Chelsea (3pm)  5 points: It's a 10th Premier League game without a win first the hosts as Eden Hazard scores twice in a Chelsea victory. 15 points: Tony Pulis is consoled by the fact he will have another Premier League job by Christmas.  25 points: David Luiz suffers the inconvenience of a trip to the west Midlands and an afternoon sat next to Frank Skinner to the directors' box.  Manchester United vs Newcastle (5.30pm) 5 points: Romelu Lukaku ends his goalscoring drought as Man Utd claim a perfunctory 2-0 win at Old Trafford.  15 points: Jose Mourinho sends Rafael Benitez's wide a reminder to sort out her husband's diet.  25 points: Television viewers launch a petition demanding to know why broadcasters feel compelled to show Newcastle so damn often.  Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm) 5 points: David Moyes the football genius picks up a creditable point in his first match in charge.  15 points: Stuart Pearce, who played 50 games for the club and hails from south west London, is apparently a 'West Ham man'.  25 points: Marco Silva's career is progressing at such a rate he is now the bookmakers' second favourite to be the next Foreign Secretary.  Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday, 8pm) 5 points: Everyone agrees to wipe the 1-1 draw for their memory and move on swiftly.  15 points: An 8pm kick-off on the south coast does little to help Mark Hughes's quest to get younger Stoke fans attending matches.  25 points: Mame Biram Diouf looks like he's spent all weekend on a Brighton beano as he turns in another hapless display at right-wing back. 

Premier League Bingo: How many points can you score?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Alexandre Lacazette's late winner ensures this fixture does not finish 1-1 for a fourth consecutive season.  15 points: Serge Aurier verges between the sublime and the calamitous, providing an assist and conceding a penalty at the Emirates.  25 points: Paul Merson wonders whether Mauricio Pochettino really 'grabs it', and claims Tim Sherwood would have this Spurs side in the same position.  Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (3pm) 5 points: Harry Arter bounces back from his World Cup disappointment to create Bournemouth's winning goal.  15 points: Junior Stanislas is the latest recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment.  25 points: The 87th different fixture in Premier League history is declared the blandest yet.  Credit: REUTERS Burnley vs Swansea City (3pm) 5 points: The home side win 1-0 - c'mon this is too easy.  15 points: Sean Dyche masterminds another conjuring trick by winning three points despite the opposition have four times as many shots on goal.  25 points: Tony Gale loses his mind when he sees Renato 'Doesn't Fancy It' Sanches wearing gloves on a nippy Lancashire afternoon, claiming it disrespects the war dead.  Crystal Palace vs Everton (3pm)  5 points: Expected goals finally tells the truth and Palace record a welcome 2-1 win.  15 points: Roy Hodgson responds to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's fine performances like only a former England manager can - by shifting him wide in a 4-4-2.  25 points: Still to appoint a permanent manager, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri decides to hand the role to a different celebrity fan each week. John Parrott is in the dugout at Selhurst Park.  Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm) 5 points: Jamie Vardy gets another goal against one of the 'Big Six' but it is not enough to prevent another Manchester City win.  15 points: Raheem Sterling answers the boo-boys with another goal and assist.  25 points: Glenn Hoddle marvels at the sort of slick passing football he could only dream of coaching, but remarks it's a shame there are 'not enough English people' involved.  Credit: ACTION IMAGES Liverpool vs Southampton (3pm) 5 points: A reassuringly healthy Jurgen Klopp conducts from the touchline as Liverpool enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win at Anfield.  15 points: Kenny Dalgsish is interviewed on the pitch at half-time, and the club try to forget the fact he lumbered them with Jordan Henderson.  25 points: Virgil Van Dijk manages to surpass Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Worst Performance Against Your Future Employers of the season.  West Brom vs Chelsea (3pm)  5 points: It's a 10th Premier League game without a win first the hosts as Eden Hazard scores twice in a Chelsea victory. 15 points: Tony Pulis is consoled by the fact he will have another Premier League job by Christmas.  25 points: David Luiz suffers the inconvenience of a trip to the west Midlands and an afternoon sat next to Frank Skinner to the directors' box.  Manchester United vs Newcastle (5.30pm) 5 points: Romelu Lukaku ends his goalscoring drought as Man Utd claim a perfunctory 2-0 win at Old Trafford.  15 points: Jose Mourinho sends Rafael Benitez's wide a reminder to sort out her husband's diet.  25 points: Television viewers launch a petition demanding to know why broadcasters feel compelled to show Newcastle so damn often.  Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm) 5 points: David Moyes the football genius picks up a creditable point in his first match in charge.  15 points: Stuart Pearce, who played 50 games for the club and hails from south west London, is apparently a 'West Ham man'.  25 points: Marco Silva's career is progressing at such a rate he is now the bookmakers' second favourite to be the next Foreign Secretary.  Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday, 8pm) 5 points: Everyone agrees to wipe the 1-1 draw for their memory and move on swiftly.  15 points: An 8pm kick-off on the south coast does little to help Mark Hughes's quest to get younger Stoke fans attending matches.  25 points: Mame Biram Diouf looks like he's spent all weekend on a Brighton beano as he turns in another hapless display at right-wing back. 

Premier League Bingo: How many points can you score?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Alexandre Lacazette's late winner ensures this fixture does not finish 1-1 for a fourth consecutive season.  15 points: Serge Aurier verges between the sublime and the calamitous, providing an assist and conceding a penalty at the Emirates.  25 points: Paul Merson wonders whether Mauricio Pochettino really 'grabs it', and claims Tim Sherwood would have this Spurs side in the same position.  Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (3pm) 5 points: Harry Arter bounces back from his World Cup disappointment to create Bournemouth's winning goal.  15 points: Junior Stanislas is the latest recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment.  25 points: The 87th different fixture in Premier League history is declared the blandest yet.  Credit: REUTERS Burnley vs Swansea City (3pm) 5 points: The home side win 1-0 - c'mon this is too easy.  15 points: Sean Dyche masterminds another conjuring trick by winning three points despite the opposition have four times as many shots on goal.  25 points: Tony Gale loses his mind when he sees Renato 'Doesn't Fancy It' Sanches wearing gloves on a nippy Lancashire afternoon, claiming it disrespects the war dead.  Crystal Palace vs Everton (3pm)  5 points: Expected goals finally tells the truth and Palace record a welcome 2-1 win.  15 points: Roy Hodgson responds to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's fine performances like only a former England manager can - by shifting him wide in a 4-4-2.  25 points: Still to appoint a permanent manager, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri decides to hand the role to a different celebrity fan each week. John Parrott is in the dugout at Selhurst Park.  Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm) 5 points: Jamie Vardy gets another goal against one of the 'Big Six' but it is not enough to prevent another Manchester City win.  15 points: Raheem Sterling answers the boo-boys with another goal and assist.  25 points: Glenn Hoddle marvels at the sort of slick passing football he could only dream of coaching, but remarks it's a shame there are 'not enough English people' involved.  Credit: ACTION IMAGES Liverpool vs Southampton (3pm) 5 points: A reassuringly healthy Jurgen Klopp conducts from the touchline as Liverpool enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win at Anfield.  15 points: Kenny Dalgsish is interviewed on the pitch at half-time, and the club try to forget the fact he lumbered them with Jordan Henderson.  25 points: Virgil Van Dijk manages to surpass Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Worst Performance Against Your Future Employers of the season.  West Brom vs Chelsea (3pm)  5 points: It's a 10th Premier League game without a win first the hosts as Eden Hazard scores twice in a Chelsea victory. 15 points: Tony Pulis is consoled by the fact he will have another Premier League job by Christmas.  25 points: David Luiz suffers the inconvenience of a trip to the west Midlands and an afternoon sat next to Frank Skinner to the directors' box.  Manchester United vs Newcastle (5.30pm) 5 points: Romelu Lukaku ends his goalscoring drought as Man Utd claim a perfunctory 2-0 win at Old Trafford.  15 points: Jose Mourinho sends Rafael Benitez's wide a reminder to sort out her husband's diet.  25 points: Television viewers launch a petition demanding to know why broadcasters feel compelled to show Newcastle so damn often.  Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm) 5 points: David Moyes the football genius picks up a creditable point in his first match in charge.  15 points: Stuart Pearce, who played 50 games for the club and hails from south west London, is apparently a 'West Ham man'.  25 points: Marco Silva's career is progressing at such a rate he is now the bookmakers' second favourite to be the next Foreign Secretary.  Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday, 8pm) 5 points: Everyone agrees to wipe the 1-1 draw for their memory and move on swiftly.  15 points: An 8pm kick-off on the south coast does little to help Mark Hughes's quest to get younger Stoke fans attending matches.  25 points: Mame Biram Diouf looks like he's spent all weekend on a Brighton beano as he turns in another hapless display at right-wing back. 

Brighton's Tomer Hemed applauds the fans at the end

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Seven unexpected things xG data can tell us about the Premier League season

Eleven games into the season and we're all jumping to conclusions. Crystal Palace are being written off, the title has been decided and is heading to Manchester, while Everton's transfer strategy is being declared fatally flawed. But could it be that there is more to this season so far than meets the eye. Here, using Opta's expected goals metric, we have attempted to uncover some of the things we might have otherwise missed by delving a little deeper. Expected goals (xG) is a system that gives a probability that any shot will be scored. That is, based on the quality of the chance - be it headed, right-footed, volleyed, a sitter - each shot will be assigned a value between 0 and 1 that shows how often it should be scored.  Using xG we can more accurately assess a player or team's finishing ability, and also ascertain whether a team is playing better than their record suggests. That is, we can see if they are creating better chances than their goal record states and if, in fact, we should expect a team to improve and their luck to change. (If you want more of an explanation on xG, see here.) Here's what we found: Crystal Palace's attack is better than Chelsea's Okay, this isn't quite accurate, but let me explain. Crystal Palace, bottom of the league with barely a hope in hell of staying up, have struggled terribly in front of goal this season. Even before Christian Benteke sustained the injury that has kept him out for much of the season, Palace were missing too many chances that really should have been put away. Will Benteke help solve Crystal Palace's problems? Credit: Getty images But maybe we should focus on the fact that they have been creating lots of good quality chances rather than their failure to finish them off. Crystal Palace may only have four goals, but they have created chances worthy of 13.81 expected goals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored 19 but should only have been expected to score 12.71. When Benteke returns (to form as well as fitness), Palace should begin their assault on safety. The only worry is that that will come too late. Burnley's form in front of goal might not be sustainable Sean Dyche hardly has a set of strikers that other teams would crave, but only two teams - Manchester City and Chelsea - have finished chances more clinically than Burnley so far this season. Chris Wood celebrates another Burnley goal Credit: Getty images City have scored 10 more goals than expected; Chelsea have scored six more. But both boast far greater riches than Burnley, who have an expected goal tally of just 6.53 but have found the net on 10 occasions. It isn't exactly world-beating form, but they are unlikely to keep this up for the entire season. Expected goals versus actual goals - Premier League 2017/18 Liverpool and Arsenal perform exactly as expected Fans of both Liverpool and Arsenal often feel they have a lot to complain about, usually with regards to refereeing decisions going against them or players that are not playing at their potential. But expected goals metric in fact suggests that both teams are scoring as many chances as they should. Liverpool have scored 21 goals, but have 21.4 expected goals; Arsenal have scored 20 goals, but have 19.72 expected goals. What this suggests is that both teams' attacks have consistent, yet rather average, finishing. When a shot should be scored, it is, but when difficult chances present themselves, they are often missed. Southampton need a new striker Manolo Gabbiadini settled into life in the Premier League faster than most, but has struggled to make much of an impact this season. Southampton could do better than Manolo Gabbiadini Credit: Reuters Southampton have scored nine goals this season, but have created enough good chances to score more than 13 - the second-worst such difference after Crystal Palace. A better striker would certainly help matters. Burnley might have the Premier League's best goalkeepers Nick Pope isn't a player many fans had heard of before this season, but he is proving a more than capable deputy for a more than capable Premier League goalkeeper in Tom Heaton. Heaton has missed much of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder, and Pope has maintained the best save success rate (88.1 per cent) in his team-mate's absence. Indeed, between them, the keepers have kept Burnley's goal against column down to nine, when they have allowed chances worthy of shipping more than 16.  It may be that Lady Luck has been smiling on Pope and Heaton with them coming up against wasteful finishers week on week, and that might not last the season, but the positive difference here is the best in the whole Premier League, and certainly suggests they are doing something right. City are being out-performed defensively by Bournemouth, Brighton and Newcastle Manchester City's attack is rightly being lauded as one of the best this country has ever seen, but their defence needs more work than empirical evidence might suggest. City might be close, but they aren't quite yet the complete product  Credit: Getty images City are conceding more goals than their performances would suggest they should be - and the same cannot be said of Bournemouth, Brighton or Newcastle, all of whom have spent rather less on reinforcing the protection of their goal. Those three teams are all conceding fewer goals than Opta's data suggests we should expect of them. Pep Guardiola is getting an awful lot right, but there is room for improvement at the back. England's best goalkeepers are the Premier League's worst GKs According to the 'expected goals against' data, West Ham's Joe Hart, Stoke's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford should have conceded around 51 goals this season. They have in fact conceded 67. None have been aided by the defences in front of them, but each of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England squad last week has been under-performing woefully this season. Hart, Pickford and Butland in England training last week Credit: PA Of the 24 goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League this season, Hart, Butland and Pickford have the third-worst, second-worst and seventh-worst save percentages. Hart is constantly battling doubters, but consistently retains the support of every England manager that comes and goes, while Butland and Pickford are praised as players with bright futures ahead. Both must improve significantly.

Seven unexpected things xG data can tell us about the Premier League season

Eleven games into the season and we're all jumping to conclusions. Crystal Palace are being written off, the title has been decided and is heading to Manchester, while Everton's transfer strategy is being declared fatally flawed. But could it be that there is more to this season so far than meets the eye. Here, using Opta's expected goals metric, we have attempted to uncover some of the things we might have otherwise missed by delving a little deeper. Expected goals (xG) is a system that gives a probability that any shot will be scored. That is, based on the quality of the chance - be it headed, right-footed, volleyed, a sitter - each shot will be assigned a value between 0 and 1 that shows how often it should be scored.  Using xG we can more accurately assess a player or team's finishing ability, and also ascertain whether a team is playing better than their record suggests. That is, we can see if they are creating better chances than their goal record states and if, in fact, we should expect a team to improve and their luck to change. (If you want more of an explanation on xG, see here.) Here's what we found: Crystal Palace's attack is better than Chelsea's Okay, this isn't quite accurate, but let me explain. Crystal Palace, bottom of the league with barely a hope in hell of staying up, have struggled terribly in front of goal this season. Even before Christian Benteke sustained the injury that has kept him out for much of the season, Palace were missing too many chances that really should have been put away. Will Benteke help solve Crystal Palace's problems? Credit: Getty images But maybe we should focus on the fact that they have been creating lots of good quality chances rather than their failure to finish them off. Crystal Palace may only have four goals, but they have created chances worthy of 13.81 expected goals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored 19 but should only have been expected to score 12.71. When Benteke returns (to form as well as fitness), Palace should begin their assault on safety. The only worry is that that will come too late. Burnley's form in front of goal might not be sustainable Sean Dyche hardly has a set of strikers that other teams would crave, but only two teams - Manchester City and Chelsea - have finished chances more clinically than Burnley so far this season. Chris Wood celebrates another Burnley goal Credit: Getty images City have scored 10 more goals than expected; Chelsea have scored six more. But both boast far greater riches than Burnley, who have an expected goal tally of just 6.53 but have found the net on 10 occasions. It isn't exactly world-beating form, but they are unlikely to keep this up for the entire season. Expected goals versus actual goals - Premier League 2017/18 Liverpool and Arsenal perform exactly as expected Fans of both Liverpool and Arsenal often feel they have a lot to complain about, usually with regards to refereeing decisions going against them or players that are not playing at their potential. But expected goals metric in fact suggests that both teams are scoring as many chances as they should. Liverpool have scored 21 goals, but have 21.4 expected goals; Arsenal have scored 20 goals, but have 19.72 expected goals. What this suggests is that both teams' attacks have consistent, yet rather average, finishing. When a shot should be scored, it is, but when difficult chances present themselves, they are often missed. Southampton need a new striker Manolo Gabbiadini settled into life in the Premier League faster than most, but has struggled to make much of an impact this season. Southampton could do better than Manolo Gabbiadini Credit: Reuters Southampton have scored nine goals this season, but have created enough good chances to score more than 13 - the second-worst such difference after Crystal Palace. A better striker would certainly help matters. Burnley might have the Premier League's best goalkeepers Nick Pope isn't a player many fans had heard of before this season, but he is proving a more than capable deputy for a more than capable Premier League goalkeeper in Tom Heaton. Heaton has missed much of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder, and Pope has maintained the best save success rate (88.1 per cent) in his team-mate's absence. Indeed, between them, the keepers have kept Burnley's goal against column down to nine, when they have allowed chances worthy of shipping more than 16.  It may be that Lady Luck has been smiling on Pope and Heaton with them coming up against wasteful finishers week on week, and that might not last the season, but the positive difference here is the best in the whole Premier League, and certainly suggests they are doing something right. City are being out-performed defensively by Bournemouth, Brighton and Newcastle Manchester City's attack is rightly being lauded as one of the best this country has ever seen, but their defence needs more work than empirical evidence might suggest. City might be close, but they aren't quite yet the complete product  Credit: Getty images City are conceding more goals than their performances would suggest they should be - and the same cannot be said of Bournemouth, Brighton or Newcastle, all of whom have spent rather less on reinforcing the protection of their goal. Those three teams are all conceding fewer goals than Opta's data suggests we should expect of them. Pep Guardiola is getting an awful lot right, but there is room for improvement at the back. England's best goalkeepers are the Premier League's worst GKs According to the 'expected goals against' data, West Ham's Joe Hart, Stoke's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford should have conceded around 51 goals this season. They have in fact conceded 67. None have been aided by the defences in front of them, but each of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England squad last week has been under-performing woefully this season. Hart, Pickford and Butland in England training last week Credit: PA Of the 24 goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League this season, Hart, Butland and Pickford have the third-worst, second-worst and seventh-worst save percentages. Hart is constantly battling doubters, but consistently retains the support of every England manager that comes and goes, while Butland and Pickford are praised as players with bright futures ahead. Both must improve significantly.

Seven unexpected things xG data can tell us about the Premier League season

Eleven games into the season and we're all jumping to conclusions. Crystal Palace are being written off, the title has been decided and is heading to Manchester, while Everton's transfer strategy is being declared fatally flawed. But could it be that there is more to this season so far than meets the eye. Here, using Opta's expected goals metric, we have attempted to uncover some of the things we might have otherwise missed by delving a little deeper. Expected goals (xG) is a system that gives a probability that any shot will be scored. That is, based on the quality of the chance - be it headed, right-footed, volleyed, a sitter - each shot will be assigned a value between 0 and 1 that shows how often it should be scored.  Using xG we can more accurately assess a player or team's finishing ability, and also ascertain whether a team is playing better than their record suggests. That is, we can see if they are creating better chances than their goal record states and if, in fact, we should expect a team to improve and their luck to change. (If you want more of an explanation on xG, see here.) Here's what we found: Crystal Palace's attack is better than Chelsea's Okay, this isn't quite accurate, but let me explain. Crystal Palace, bottom of the league with barely a hope in hell of staying up, have struggled terribly in front of goal this season. Even before Christian Benteke sustained the injury that has kept him out for much of the season, Palace were missing too many chances that really should have been put away. Will Benteke help solve Crystal Palace's problems? Credit: Getty images But maybe we should focus on the fact that they have been creating lots of good quality chances rather than their failure to finish them off. Crystal Palace may only have four goals, but they have created chances worthy of 13.81 expected goals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored 19 but should only have been expected to score 12.71. When Benteke returns (to form as well as fitness), Palace should begin their assault on safety. The only worry is that that will come too late. Burnley's form in front of goal might not be sustainable Sean Dyche hardly has a set of strikers that other teams would crave, but only two teams - Manchester City and Chelsea - have finished chances more clinically than Burnley so far this season. Chris Wood celebrates another Burnley goal Credit: Getty images City have scored 10 more goals than expected; Chelsea have scored six more. But both boast far greater riches than Burnley, who have an expected goal tally of just 6.53 but have found the net on 10 occasions. It isn't exactly world-beating form, but they are unlikely to keep this up for the entire season. Expected goals versus actual goals - Premier League 2017/18 Liverpool and Arsenal perform exactly as expected Fans of both Liverpool and Arsenal often feel they have a lot to complain about, usually with regards to refereeing decisions going against them or players that are not playing at their potential. But expected goals metric in fact suggests that both teams are scoring as many chances as they should. Liverpool have scored 21 goals, but have 21.4 expected goals; Arsenal have scored 20 goals, but have 19.72 expected goals. What this suggests is that both teams' attacks have consistent, yet rather average, finishing. When a shot should be scored, it is, but when difficult chances present themselves, they are often missed. Southampton need a new striker Manolo Gabbiadini settled into life in the Premier League faster than most, but has struggled to make much of an impact this season. Southampton could do better than Manolo Gabbiadini Credit: Reuters Southampton have scored nine goals this season, but have created enough good chances to score more than 13 - the second-worst such difference after Crystal Palace. A better striker would certainly help matters. Burnley might have the Premier League's best goalkeepers Nick Pope isn't a player many fans had heard of before this season, but he is proving a more than capable deputy for a more than capable Premier League goalkeeper in Tom Heaton. Heaton has missed much of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder, and Pope has maintained the best save success rate (88.1 per cent) in his team-mate's absence. Indeed, between them, the keepers have kept Burnley's goal against column down to nine, when they have allowed chances worthy of shipping more than 16.  It may be that Lady Luck has been smiling on Pope and Heaton with them coming up against wasteful finishers week on week, and that might not last the season, but the positive difference here is the best in the whole Premier League, and certainly suggests they are doing something right. City are being out-performed defensively by Bournemouth, Brighton and Newcastle Manchester City's attack is rightly being lauded as one of the best this country has ever seen, but their defence needs more work than empirical evidence might suggest. City might be close, but they aren't quite yet the complete product  Credit: Getty images City are conceding more goals than their performances would suggest they should be - and the same cannot be said of Bournemouth, Brighton or Newcastle, all of whom have spent rather less on reinforcing the protection of their goal. Those three teams are all conceding fewer goals than Opta's data suggests we should expect of them. Pep Guardiola is getting an awful lot right, but there is room for improvement at the back. England's best goalkeepers are the Premier League's worst GKs According to the 'expected goals against' data, West Ham's Joe Hart, Stoke's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford should have conceded around 51 goals this season. They have in fact conceded 67. None have been aided by the defences in front of them, but each of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England squad last week has been under-performing woefully this season. Hart, Pickford and Butland in England training last week Credit: PA Of the 24 goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League this season, Hart, Butland and Pickford have the third-worst, second-worst and seventh-worst save percentages. Hart is constantly battling doubters, but consistently retains the support of every England manager that comes and goes, while Butland and Pickford are praised as players with bright futures ahead. Both must improve significantly.

Seven unexpected things xG data can tell us about the Premier League season

Eleven games into the season and we're all jumping to conclusions. Crystal Palace are being written off, the title has been decided and is heading to Manchester, while Everton's transfer strategy is being declared fatally flawed. But could it be that there is more to this season so far than meets the eye. Here, using Opta's expected goals metric, we have attempted to uncover some of the things we might have otherwise missed by delving a little deeper. Expected goals (xG) is a system that gives a probability that any shot will be scored. That is, based on the quality of the chance - be it headed, right-footed, volleyed, a sitter - each shot will be assigned a value between 0 and 1 that shows how often it should be scored.  Using xG we can more accurately assess a player or team's finishing ability, and also ascertain whether a team is playing better than their record suggests. That is, we can see if they are creating better chances than their goal record states and if, in fact, we should expect a team to improve and their luck to change. (If you want more of an explanation on xG, see here.) Here's what we found: Crystal Palace's attack is better than Chelsea's Okay, this isn't quite accurate, but let me explain. Crystal Palace, bottom of the league with barely a hope in hell of staying up, have struggled terribly in front of goal this season. Even before Christian Benteke sustained the injury that has kept him out for much of the season, Palace were missing too many chances that really should have been put away. Will Benteke help solve Crystal Palace's problems? Credit: Getty images But maybe we should focus on the fact that they have been creating lots of good quality chances rather than their failure to finish them off. Crystal Palace may only have four goals, but they have created chances worthy of 13.81 expected goals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored 19 but should only have been expected to score 12.71. When Benteke returns (to form as well as fitness), Palace should begin their assault on safety. The only worry is that that will come too late. Burnley's form in front of goal might not be sustainable Sean Dyche hardly has a set of strikers that other teams would crave, but only two teams - Manchester City and Chelsea - have finished chances more clinically than Burnley so far this season. Chris Wood celebrates another Burnley goal Credit: Getty images City have scored 10 more goals than expected; Chelsea have scored six more. But both boast far greater riches than Burnley, who have an expected goal tally of just 6.53 but have found the net on 10 occasions. It isn't exactly world-beating form, but they are unlikely to keep this up for the entire season. Expected goals versus actual goals - Premier League 2017/18 Liverpool and Arsenal perform exactly as expected Fans of both Liverpool and Arsenal often feel they have a lot to complain about, usually with regards to refereeing decisions going against them or players that are not playing at their potential. But expected goals metric in fact suggests that both teams are scoring as many chances as they should. Liverpool have scored 21 goals, but have 21.4 expected goals; Arsenal have scored 20 goals, but have 19.72 expected goals. What this suggests is that both teams' attacks have consistent, yet rather average, finishing. When a shot should be scored, it is, but when difficult chances present themselves, they are often missed. Southampton need a new striker Manolo Gabbiadini settled into life in the Premier League faster than most, but has struggled to make much of an impact this season. Southampton could do better than Manolo Gabbiadini Credit: Reuters Southampton have scored nine goals this season, but have created enough good chances to score more than 13 - the second-worst such difference after Crystal Palace. A better striker would certainly help matters. Burnley might have the Premier League's best goalkeepers Nick Pope isn't a player many fans had heard of before this season, but he is proving a more than capable deputy for a more than capable Premier League goalkeeper in Tom Heaton. Heaton has missed much of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder, and Pope has maintained the best save success rate (88.1 per cent) in his team-mate's absence. Indeed, between them, the keepers have kept Burnley's goal against column down to nine, when they have allowed chances worthy of shipping more than 16.  It may be that Lady Luck has been smiling on Pope and Heaton with them coming up against wasteful finishers week on week, and that might not last the season, but the positive difference here is the best in the whole Premier League, and certainly suggests they are doing something right. City are being out-performed defensively by Bournemouth, Brighton and Newcastle Manchester City's attack is rightly being lauded as one of the best this country has ever seen, but their defence needs more work than empirical evidence might suggest. City might be close, but they aren't quite yet the complete product  Credit: Getty images City are conceding more goals than their performances would suggest they should be - and the same cannot be said of Bournemouth, Brighton or Newcastle, all of whom have spent rather less on reinforcing the protection of their goal. Those three teams are all conceding fewer goals than Opta's data suggests we should expect of them. Pep Guardiola is getting an awful lot right, but there is room for improvement at the back. England's best goalkeepers are the Premier League's worst GKs According to the 'expected goals against' data, West Ham's Joe Hart, Stoke's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford should have conceded around 51 goals this season. They have in fact conceded 67. None have been aided by the defences in front of them, but each of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England squad last week has been under-performing woefully this season. Hart, Pickford and Butland in England training last week Credit: PA Of the 24 goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League this season, Hart, Butland and Pickford have the third-worst, second-worst and seventh-worst save percentages. Hart is constantly battling doubters, but consistently retains the support of every England manager that comes and goes, while Butland and Pickford are praised as players with bright futures ahead. Both must improve significantly.

Seven unexpected things xG data can tell us about the Premier League season

Eleven games into the season and we're all jumping to conclusions. Crystal Palace are being written off, the title has been decided and is heading to Manchester, while Everton's transfer strategy is being declared fatally flawed. But could it be that there is more to this season so far than meets the eye. Here, using Opta's expected goals metric, we have attempted to uncover some of the things we might have otherwise missed by delving a little deeper. Expected goals (xG) is a system that gives a probability that any shot will be scored. That is, based on the quality of the chance - be it headed, right-footed, volleyed, a sitter - each shot will be assigned a value between 0 and 1 that shows how often it should be scored.  Using xG we can more accurately assess a player or team's finishing ability, and also ascertain whether a team is playing better than their record suggests. That is, we can see if they are creating better chances than their goal record states and if, in fact, we should expect a team to improve and their luck to change. (If you want more of an explanation on xG, see here.) Here's what we found: Crystal Palace's attack is better than Chelsea's Okay, this isn't quite accurate, but let me explain. Crystal Palace, bottom of the league with barely a hope in hell of staying up, have struggled terribly in front of goal this season. Even before Christian Benteke sustained the injury that has kept him out for much of the season, Palace were missing too many chances that really should have been put away. Will Benteke help solve Crystal Palace's problems? Credit: Getty images But maybe we should focus on the fact that they have been creating lots of good quality chances rather than their failure to finish them off. Crystal Palace may only have four goals, but they have created chances worthy of 13.81 expected goals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored 19 but should only have been expected to score 12.71. When Benteke returns (to form as well as fitness), Palace should begin their assault on safety. The only worry is that that will come too late. Burnley's form in front of goal might not be sustainable Sean Dyche hardly has a set of strikers that other teams would crave, but only two teams - Manchester City and Chelsea - have finished chances more clinically than Burnley so far this season. Chris Wood celebrates another Burnley goal Credit: Getty images City have scored 10 more goals than expected; Chelsea have scored six more. But both boast far greater riches than Burnley, who have an expected goal tally of just 6.53 but have found the net on 10 occasions. It isn't exactly world-beating form, but they are unlikely to keep this up for the entire season. Expected goals versus actual goals - Premier League 2017/18 Liverpool and Arsenal perform exactly as expected Fans of both Liverpool and Arsenal often feel they have a lot to complain about, usually with regards to refereeing decisions going against them or players that are not playing at their potential. But expected goals metric in fact suggests that both teams are scoring as many chances as they should. Liverpool have scored 21 goals, but have 21.4 expected goals; Arsenal have scored 20 goals, but have 19.72 expected goals. What this suggests is that both teams' attacks have consistent, yet rather average, finishing. When a shot should be scored, it is, but when difficult chances present themselves, they are often missed. Southampton need a new striker Manolo Gabbiadini settled into life in the Premier League faster than most, but has struggled to make much of an impact this season. Southampton could do better than Manolo Gabbiadini Credit: Reuters Southampton have scored nine goals this season, but have created enough good chances to score more than 13 - the second-worst such difference after Crystal Palace. A better striker would certainly help matters. Burnley might have the Premier League's best goalkeepers Nick Pope isn't a player many fans had heard of before this season, but he is proving a more than capable deputy for a more than capable Premier League goalkeeper in Tom Heaton. Heaton has missed much of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder, and Pope has maintained the best save success rate (88.1 per cent) in his team-mate's absence. Indeed, between them, the keepers have kept Burnley's goal against column down to nine, when they have allowed chances worthy of shipping more than 16.  It may be that Lady Luck has been smiling on Pope and Heaton with them coming up against wasteful finishers week on week, and that might not last the season, but the positive difference here is the best in the whole Premier League, and certainly suggests they are doing something right. City are being out-performed defensively by Bournemouth, Brighton and Newcastle Manchester City's attack is rightly being lauded as one of the best this country has ever seen, but their defence needs more work than empirical evidence might suggest. City might be close, but they aren't quite yet the complete product  Credit: Getty images City are conceding more goals than their performances would suggest they should be - and the same cannot be said of Bournemouth, Brighton or Newcastle, all of whom have spent rather less on reinforcing the protection of their goal. Those three teams are all conceding fewer goals than Opta's data suggests we should expect of them. Pep Guardiola is getting an awful lot right, but there is room for improvement at the back. England's best goalkeepers are the Premier League's worst GKs According to the 'expected goals against' data, West Ham's Joe Hart, Stoke's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford should have conceded around 51 goals this season. They have in fact conceded 67. None have been aided by the defences in front of them, but each of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England squad last week has been under-performing woefully this season. Hart, Pickford and Butland in England training last week Credit: PA Of the 24 goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League this season, Hart, Butland and Pickford have the third-worst, second-worst and seventh-worst save percentages. Hart is constantly battling doubters, but consistently retains the support of every England manager that comes and goes, while Butland and Pickford are praised as players with bright futures ahead. Both must improve significantly.

Seven unexpected things xG data can tell us about the Premier League season

Eleven games into the season and we're all jumping to conclusions. Crystal Palace are being written off, the title has been decided and is heading to Manchester, while Everton's transfer strategy is being declared fatally flawed. But could it be that there is more to this season so far than meets the eye. Here, using Opta's expected goals metric, we have attempted to uncover some of the things we might have otherwise missed by delving a little deeper. Expected goals (xG) is a system that gives a probability that any shot will be scored. That is, based on the quality of the chance - be it headed, right-footed, volleyed, a sitter - each shot will be assigned a value between 0 and 1 that shows how often it should be scored.  Using xG we can more accurately assess a player or team's finishing ability, and also ascertain whether a team is playing better than their record suggests. That is, we can see if they are creating better chances than their goal record states and if, in fact, we should expect a team to improve and their luck to change. (If you want more of an explanation on xG, see here.) Here's what we found: Crystal Palace's attack is better than Chelsea's Okay, this isn't quite accurate, but let me explain. Crystal Palace, bottom of the league with barely a hope in hell of staying up, have struggled terribly in front of goal this season. Even before Christian Benteke sustained the injury that has kept him out for much of the season, Palace were missing too many chances that really should have been put away. Will Benteke help solve Crystal Palace's problems? Credit: Getty images But maybe we should focus on the fact that they have been creating lots of good quality chances rather than their failure to finish them off. Crystal Palace may only have four goals, but they have created chances worthy of 13.81 expected goals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have scored 19 but should only have been expected to score 12.71. When Benteke returns (to form as well as fitness), Palace should begin their assault on safety. The only worry is that that will come too late. Burnley's form in front of goal might not be sustainable Sean Dyche hardly has a set of strikers that other teams would crave, but only two teams - Manchester City and Chelsea - have finished chances more clinically than Burnley so far this season. Chris Wood celebrates another Burnley goal Credit: Getty images City have scored 10 more goals than expected; Chelsea have scored six more. But both boast far greater riches than Burnley, who have an expected goal tally of just 6.53 but have found the net on 10 occasions. It isn't exactly world-beating form, but they are unlikely to keep this up for the entire season. Expected goals versus actual goals - Premier League 2017/18 Liverpool and Arsenal perform exactly as expected Fans of both Liverpool and Arsenal often feel they have a lot to complain about, usually with regards to refereeing decisions going against them or players that are not playing at their potential. But expected goals metric in fact suggests that both teams are scoring as many chances as they should. Liverpool have scored 21 goals, but have 21.4 expected goals; Arsenal have scored 20 goals, but have 19.72 expected goals. What this suggests is that both teams' attacks have consistent, yet rather average, finishing. When a shot should be scored, it is, but when difficult chances present themselves, they are often missed. Southampton need a new striker Manolo Gabbiadini settled into life in the Premier League faster than most, but has struggled to make much of an impact this season. Southampton could do better than Manolo Gabbiadini Credit: Reuters Southampton have scored nine goals this season, but have created enough good chances to score more than 13 - the second-worst such difference after Crystal Palace. A better striker would certainly help matters. Burnley might have the Premier League's best goalkeepers Nick Pope isn't a player many fans had heard of before this season, but he is proving a more than capable deputy for a more than capable Premier League goalkeeper in Tom Heaton. Heaton has missed much of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder, and Pope has maintained the best save success rate (88.1 per cent) in his team-mate's absence. Indeed, between them, the keepers have kept Burnley's goal against column down to nine, when they have allowed chances worthy of shipping more than 16.  It may be that Lady Luck has been smiling on Pope and Heaton with them coming up against wasteful finishers week on week, and that might not last the season, but the positive difference here is the best in the whole Premier League, and certainly suggests they are doing something right. City are being out-performed defensively by Bournemouth, Brighton and Newcastle Manchester City's attack is rightly being lauded as one of the best this country has ever seen, but their defence needs more work than empirical evidence might suggest. City might be close, but they aren't quite yet the complete product  Credit: Getty images City are conceding more goals than their performances would suggest they should be - and the same cannot be said of Bournemouth, Brighton or Newcastle, all of whom have spent rather less on reinforcing the protection of their goal. Those three teams are all conceding fewer goals than Opta's data suggests we should expect of them. Pep Guardiola is getting an awful lot right, but there is room for improvement at the back. England's best goalkeepers are the Premier League's worst GKs According to the 'expected goals against' data, West Ham's Joe Hart, Stoke's Jack Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford should have conceded around 51 goals this season. They have in fact conceded 67. None have been aided by the defences in front of them, but each of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England squad last week has been under-performing woefully this season. Hart, Pickford and Butland in England training last week Credit: PA Of the 24 goalkeepers to feature in the Premier League this season, Hart, Butland and Pickford have the third-worst, second-worst and seventh-worst save percentages. Hart is constantly battling doubters, but consistently retains the support of every England manager that comes and goes, while Butland and Pickford are praised as players with bright futures ahead. Both must improve significantly.

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