5 best teenagers playing outside the Top 6 in the Premier League
- There's a lot of talent at the big clubs, but what about the rest of the table?
The Premier League is arguably the toughest league in the world in terms of competition and physicality. The league, which started in 1992-93, has seen several youngsters take the centre stage - the "Class of 92" of Manchester United being the prime example, during the initial era of the league.
The arrival of Roman Abrahamovic started a trend of the big teams buying well-established professionals and in turn ignoring the youngsters. The multi-million-pound broadcasting deals and the arrival of new owners for Manchester City has seen the big clubs looking more to well-established players compared to the 2000s, with more and more youngsters moving out of the big teams to get more game time.
With that thought in mind, let's look at the five best teenagers playing outside the top six in the Premier League.
#5 Ruben Vinagre - Wolverhampton Wanderers
One of the young stars in the stable of Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes, Ruben Goncalo da Silva Nascimento Vinagre, or Ruben Vinagre as he is called, joined Wolves' roster last year on loan from French giants AS Monaco.
The 19-year old started his career at the famed Sporting CP career before moving AS Monaco, where he signed his professional contract before joining Wolves on loan last season. A member of the 2016 U17 European Championship winning Portuguese side and 2018 U19 European Championship winning Portuguese side, the left full-back is expected to break into the national team in the very near future.
Born on the 9th of April 1999, Vinagre is blessed with a blistering pace that helps him run past players with ease as well as a superb crossing ability, both the qualities that are likely to see the young defender being deployed further up the pitch. His prowess in a dead ball situation is equally good, evident from his performances in the U17 European Championship in 2016.
After struggling to get into the first team last year the young Vinagre has already made 11 appearances in the Premier League, 6 from off the bench, and looks to become further involved in the first team setup.
Ruben Vinagre was officially made a Wolves player after making his move permanent this season.