Remember the Name! The 10 Most Clinical Teenagers in the History of the Premier League

There have been a handful of goalscoring teenagers who have taken the Premier League by storm, but a recent Tweet, courtesy of Times Sport, may have finally ended the debate as to who was the best of the lot. Taking into account statistics based on minutes played and goals scored (a minimum of 10), the most clinical teenager in Premier League history can now finally be revealed... (It may not be who you expect!) Minutes per goal ratio: 93.60 Goals scored as a teenager: 10 Officially the most...

Marcus Rashford

Minutes per goal ratio: 232.40

Goals scored as a teenager: 10


The latest sensation to emerge from the Manchester United academy, Marcus Rahsford exploded onto the scene last season, after scoring on his debut in the Europa League, before grabbing a brace in his first professional start.


The England international remains an important part of Jose Mourinho's first team plans and although playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic has limited his playing time this season, much is expected of Rashford in the future.

Wayne Rooney

Minutes per goal ratio: 231.47

Goals scored as a teenager: 30


Arguably the most exciting teenager in Premier League history, Wayne Rooney ranks only 9th in terms of how prolific he was before his 20th birthday. The future England captain was still in his teens when Manchester United came calling in 2004, paying close to £30m for him.


Yet, it was with Everton with whom he initially made his name, after breaking through the ranks on Merseyside. Rooney was only 16 when he scored his first league goal for the Toffees, a 90th minute winner at home to Arsenal to end the Gunners' 20 match unbeaten run at the time.

Robbie Keane

Minutes per goal ratio: 224.33

Goals scored as a teenager: 12


Coventry City paid Wolves £6m for Keane's signature in 1999, which at the time was a British record for a teenager. Having earned his stripes at Molineux in the old First Division, he played just one season as a teenager in the Premier League with the Sky Blues, before his ill-fated move to Inter Milan.


In that single season though, the 1999/00 campaign, the future all-time highest goalscorer for the Republic of Ireland national side demonstrated what all the fuss was about with 12 league goals. 

Nicolas Anelka

Minutes per goal ratio: 202.74

Goals scored as a teenager: 19


One of Arsene Wenger's best ever findings, Nicolas Anelka arrived at Highbury as an untested 17-year-old, but after just two seasons in the Premier League he had established himself as a proven goalscorer.


The French international striker replaced Ian Wright during the Gunners' double-winning 1998/99 campaign, before emerging as the club's top scorer and PFA Young Player of the Year, the following year. 

Jermain Defoe

Minutes per goal ratio: 192.64

Goals scored as a teenager: 11


It wouldn't have taken a genius to forecast that Jermain Defoe would eventually become the 7th highest goalscorer in Premier League history, after the pocket-sized striker showcased his finishing abilities as a teenager with West Ham.


The future Spurs, Portsmouth and Sunderland man scored the majority of his teenage goals during the 2001/02 season, by which time everyone was already aware of the huge potential that Defoe possessed. 

Francis Jeffers

Minutes per goal ratio: 180.35

Goals scored as a teenager: 17


Before Wayne Rooney there was Francis Jeffers, the original teenage striking sensation to come out of Goodison Park. Although Jeffers' career did not take off like his successor, he was more clinical in front of goal as a teen, scoring 17 times in the Premier League.


The one-cap, one-goal wonder for England earned himself a big move move to Arsenal as a result of his exploits as a Toffee, but it would be downhill from there with barren spells at the likes of Chalrton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday the highlight of his career thereafter. 

Michael Owen

Minutes per goal ratio: 159.70

Goals scored as a teenager: 40


The leading goalscorer in this list when it comes to strikes registered as a teenager, Michael Owen had the world at his feet at the age of 17; finishing the season as Premier League joint Golden Boot winner and leading England at the 1998 World Cup


Owen's rapid rise to the top was totally justified, he was Liverpool's top scorer for seven consecutive seasons, three of which occurred before his 20th birthday and his form for the Reds prompted a big money move to Real Madrid. 

Robbie Fowler

Minutes per goal ratio: 152.26

Goals scored as a teenager: 35


The boy from Toxteth, who ended up with the nickname "God" from the Liverpool faithful, was a goalscoring machine for the Reds and found the back of the net on 35 occasions as a teenager in the Premier League.


Fowler remains the 6th highest goalscorer in Premier League, after adding to his Liverpool tally with Leeds United and Manchester City, but it's his time as a fresh-faced teenager for which he is fondly remember by the Kop. 

Romelu Lukaku

Minutes per goal ratio: 151.14

Goals scored as a teenager: 14


Farmed off to West Bromwich Albion on loan to gain valuable first team experience, Romelu Lukaku excelled whilst in the Midlands, scoring 17 league goals during his single season with the Baggies.


14 of those came at a time when the Belgian was still in his teens and his minutes per goal ratio is the second best in Premier League history. Chelsea somehow ended up selling the muscular striker, who is on course to pick up this season's Golden Boot with Everton. 

Kelechi Iheanacho

Minutes per goal ratio: 93.60

Goals scored as a teenager: 10


Officially the most clinical teenager in the history of the Premier League, Kelechi Iheanacho is more or less used to being named as a substitute for Manchester City, but when he is given some rare playing time, he normally scores.


The Nigerian international broke through to the first team last season as an untried 19-year-old striker, yet a 14-goal campaign, eight of which came in the Premier League, helped to elevate his status as a future star.

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