Liverpool’s Joe Gomez amongst the six best break out players in the Premier League

With a number of youngsters breaking into Premier League sides this season, Callum Rice-Coates looks at six of the most promising.


After England under-17’s impressive World Cup success last weekend, attention has turned towards the future of football in the country.

There are youngsters of undoubted potential in the Premier League, albeit often untapped due to the seemingly insatiable desire of clubs to spend big money on all areas of their respective squads.

Still, some have managed to impress enough to earn regular first-team football this season. Here are five of this campaign’s best breakthrough young players.

  1. 1 Tammy Abraham


    "Generally speaking, we want to look at younger players and develop the team," said Gareth Southgate ahead of England's upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

    And so he has turned to Tammy Abraham. The 20-year-old, on loan at Swansea from Chelsea, has excelled in a struggling side, scoring five goals in 13 appearances.

    Some have been impressed enough to call for an early return to Stamford Bridge, although it appears he is set to continue leading the line for Swansea.

    Abraham has established himself as a vital player in the Swans' fight to avoid relegation, and his future looks increasingly bright.

  2. 2 Joe Gomez


    Another player to have earned a call-up to the England squad, Joe Gomez has deservedly emerged as a one of Liverpool's most reliable centre backs this season.

    Of course, the competition for this accolade may not have exactly been extensive, but the 20-year-old's performances in recent weeks have caught the eye, particularly his display in the 3-0 victory over Huddersfield at Anfield. 

    Having originally been brought into the Liverpool defence in the right back position, Jurgen Klopp has since shifted Gomez inside after a series of injuries hit his squad. 

    In the centre, Gomez has looked assured in the midst of the calamity that is often unfolding around him. Don't be surprised to see him appearing in the position more regularly as the season continues.

  3. 3 Dominic Calvert-Lewin


    It has been a dismal season for Everton thus far, although one positive amid the almost constant disappointment has been Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Two years ago, the 20-year-old was on loan at Stalybridge Celtic and, a year later, he was at Northampton. As a result, it seemed unlikely that he would break into the first-team setup at Everton but he has and it's partly down to his irrepressible desire to succeed.

    Now he is leading the line as a forward for Everton and, though he is still raw and at times unrefined, he is a player of clear potential. The Toffees will be hopeful that more goals will soon start to flow and, with goals like his header against Watford at the weekend, it could be sooner rather than later that the floodgates open.

  4. 4 Ruben Loftus-Cheek


    Crystal Palace have shown signs of a revival in recent weeks as a previously limp and lifeless side have been reanimated by that most motivational of coaches, Roy Hodgson.

    At the heart of the improvement has been Ruben Loftus-Cheek, one of Chelsea's plethora of loanees and another included in Southgate's latest national team squad.

    The 21-year-old, in his six Premier League appearances, has provided impetus and drive in midfield. Teammate Jonny Williams called him "incredible", and few Palace fans would disagree. 

    Loftus-Cheek is likely to be a key man in the Eagles' attempts to pull off an escape from relegation. 

  5. 5 Lewis Cook


    Bournemouth's Lewis Cook has been a standout performer at youth level internationally and this has begun to translate to his club career.

    The youngster carried out his indenture at Championship side Leeds United before moving to Bournemouth in the summer of 2016. Impressive at the heart of the Leeds United midfield as a fledgling 17-year-old, Cook has since turned heads when he has featured in the Premier League with the Cherries.

    Cook, who captained England under-19s to a World Cup this summer, is a player who suits Bournemouth's inherently stylish approach. As of yet, though, he has not fully secured his place in midfield, although Eddie Howe will likely be encouraged by what he has seen. 

    "The sky's the limit for him," Howe has said. "He does things on the pitch that surprise you." Expect to see more from him as the season progresses.

  6. 6 Trent Alexander-Arnold


    In the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, it has been crucial that Liverpool find a competent, consistent deputy. In Trent Alexander-Arnold they have more than that.

    The 19-year-old began the season as first choice in the Premier League, making three appearances. He was occasionally left exposed defensively and has since been used more sparingly but Liverpool will not be concerned with their options in the position.

    The Liverpool youngster has an aptitude for defending that very few young fullbacks can match and the all the physical attributes required for the position. Clyne may just find it difficult to make an immediate return to the first-team following his recovery.

    He can take a good free-kick, too.

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Callum Rice-Coates

Callum is a senior writer for These Football Times. He has also had work featured on Tifo Football, the Set Pieces, the Sportsman, Sports Illustrated and others.

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