MATCH scouts have picked out a rising academy star from every Premier League team! Remember these names…

CATALIN CIRJAN

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Club: Arsenal
Country: Romania
Age: 18
Position: Midfielder

The likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli are signs that Mikel Arteta is happy to give young players their chance to shine – and Catalin Cirjan could be next in line! He can play as a No.8 or a No.10 and has become a regular at first-team training over the past year, so he’s clearly super highly rated!

TOP SKILL!
LINK-UP PLAY!

LOUIE BARRY

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Club: Aston Villa
Country: England
Age: 17
Position: Striker
Louie Barry first caught our attention when he signed for Barcelona from West Brom in 2019! Things didn’t quite go as planned in Spain, so he signed for Villa in January 2020 for just under £1 million. He scored on his debut against Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup last month – and Jurgen Klopp called him a “Little Jamie Vardy!”

TOP SKILL!
POSITIONING!

TINO LIVRAMENTO

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Club: Chelsea
Country: England
Age: 18
Position: Right-back
There are so many top-quality England right backs right now – and you can add Tino Livramento to the list! He joined Chelsea at Under-9 level and has progressed through the youth ranks. Just like Reece James, the 18-year-old loves bombing forward and having an impact on attacks!

TOP SKILL!
ATTACKING RUNS!

JOSH BENSON

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Club: Burnley
Country: England
Age: 21
Position: Midfielder
Arsenal academy product John Benson was released by The Gunners in 2018, but The Clarets wasted no time in offering him a second chance! After training with the first-team squad towards the end of 2019-20, he’s become something of a regular in Sean Dyche’s first-team squads this season – and started v Man. City at the Etihad!

TOP SKILL!
PASSING RANGE!

HAYDON ROBERTS

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Club: Brighton
Age: 18
Position: Centre-back
The highly-rated centre-back was a top target for Leeds last year, but he signed a new three-year contract in October!

 

BRANDON PIERRICK

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Club: Crystal Palace
Age: 19
Position: Winger
He became the club’s second-youngest PL debutant in January 2020, but was loaned out to Kilmarnock last month for regular first-team footy!

FABIO CARVALHO

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Club: Fulham
Age: 18
Position: Att. midfielder
The Portugal playmaker was scouted by Chelsea before joining Fulham, and made his first-team debut in September!

SAM GREENWOOD

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Club: Leeds
Age: 19
Position: Forward
Leeds spent £1 million to sign the lethal striker from Arsenal last summer, and he’s already showing signs of promise!

ETHAN LAIRD

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Club: Man. United
Country: England
Age: 19
Position: Right-back
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Ethan Laird his senior debut in the Europa League against Astana in November 2019! He’s highly-rated by the Red Devils gaffer, but was sent to Milton Keynes Dons on loan for the rest of 2020-21 to help with his development. He could be pushing Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a first-team spot in the future!

TOP SKILL!
EPIC AWARENESS!

 

JAMES BALAGIZI

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Club: Liverpool
Country: England
Age: 17
Position: Att. midfielder
James Balagazi joined Man. City’s academy as a child, but was tempted to join Premier League rivals Liverpool when he was 11! The England Under-17 international can play in a midfield three, as a centre forward or as a left winger, and has the power and quick feet to cause defenders nightmares!

TOP SKILL!
EPIC POWER!

ELLIOT ANDERSON

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Club: Newcastle
Country: Scotland
Age: 18
Position: Att. midfielder
Step over Sean and Matty Longstaff, there’s a new Geordie talent ready to rip up the Prem! Elliot Anderson has been training with the first-team squad since September after grabbing six goals and an assist in his first eight starts for Newcastle’s Under-23s.  He made his professional debt against Arsenal in the FA Cup last month!

TOP SKILL!
CLASS CREATIVITY!

LUKE MBETE

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Club: Man. City
Country: England
Age: 17
Position: Centre-back
There’s a reason Man. City aren’t too worried about losing Eric Garcia to Barcelona this summer – they think 17-year-old Luke Mbete is an even brighter prospect! He was named on the bench for City’s Prem victory over Chelsea this season, and has impressed Pep Guardiola with his calmness on the ball!

TOP SKILL!
PERFECT PASSING!

DANE SCARLETT

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Club: Tottenham
Country: England
Age: 16
Position: Striker
Dane Scarlett made his senior debut in the Europa League win over Ludogorets in November and came off the bench against West Brom earlier this month! Even at just 16 years old, he’s been playing for Spurs’ U23 side this season, and scored his first goal in that age range against legendary keeper Petr Cech in a game against Chelsea!

TOP SKILL!
FINE FINISHING!

OWEN OTASOWIE

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Club: Wolves
Country: USA
Age: 19
Position: Midfielder
An injury to Leander Dedoncker meant Owen Otasowie was thrust into the Wolves first-team this season – and he didn’t disappoint! The American midfielder only started taking football seriously when he was 14, but the 6ft 2ins beast has developed mega quickly and has already made his USA debut!

TOP SKILL!
MEGA STRENGTH!

THIERRY SMALL

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Club: Everton
Country: Everton
Age: 16
Position: Left-back
Attacking left-back Thierry Small wrote his name into the Everton history books when he made his senior debut v Sheffield Wednesday last month – becoming the club’s youngest-ever player! He’s already been compared to Bayern Munich wonderkid Alphonso Davies, so the hype is real MATCH readers!

TOP SKILL!
DRIVING RUNS!

KIAN PENNANT

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Club: Leicester
Age: 16
Position: Forward
The nephew of former Arsenal and Liverpool star Jermain Pennant has been capped by England at youth level!

ALEXANDRE JANKEWITZ

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Club: Southampton
Age: 19
Position: Midfielder
The Swiss U21 star was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer, but was sent off 90 seconds into his senior debut v Man. United!

ANTWOINE HACKFORD

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Club: Sheffield United
Age: 16
Position: Forward
The speedy striker became The Blades’ youngest-ever Prem player when he made his debut against Crystal Palace last month!

RICO RICHARDS

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Club: West Brom
Age: 17
Position: Forward
The teenager was being scouted by some of Europe’s elite clubs before he signed his first pro contract in August 2020!

ADEMIPO ODUBEKO

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Club: West Ham
Age: 18
Position: Striker
Nicknamed ‘Mipo’, the striker turned down a new deal at Man. United to sign for The Hammers back in 2019!