Top 10 most exciting English young stars
With every passing year, a whole new influx of youth talents rise up through the ranks and into the limelight, showcasing their ability for all to see. Naturally, the sudden success of England's youth system has come as a surprise to some, but as far as the FA is concerned, this has been a long time coming.
Not since the mid-2000's has England had a national side with such staggering potential; Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were the youth talents coming through the system at that time - and look what they went on to achieve. Who's to say that these lads won't do the same?
In this list, we'll take a look at ten English youth talents and rank them in terms of who shows the most promise, and how exciting they are to watch. Let us know in the comments below if you agree with the rankings.
#10 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea - On loan at Aston Villa)
Tammy Abraham is a 21-year-old striker who plays for Aston Villa in the Championship. He's currently on loan from Chelsea. Abraham has also featured for England's national team twice since his debut in November 2017.
Everyone who's familiar with how brutal Chelsea's youth system can be will know that you have to be a great player in order to keep your place in their set-up. Many players, of all abilities, have slipped through the cracks, dismissed to obscure teams after being deemed not good enough by the coaches. If any player that comes through the Chelsea ranks looks to be getting a place in the first team, they must have something special about them.
Abraham has been shifted through Chelsea's U18, U21 and U23 squad in the past, before finally being promoted to the first team in the summer of 2017. He spent a season on loan with Bristol City whilst he was with Chelsea's U23 squad, and caught the eye thanks to his 23 goals in 40 appearances in the league.
The following season, he was shipped out to Swansea City, where he netted five times in 15 matches, scoring two in the FA Cup and one in the League Cup as well.
Right now, there are rumours about him being recalled by Chelsea so he can either be used by Maurizio Sarri as a back-up option in the first team, or so that he can be loaned to a team of higher pedigree - preferably in the Premier League. His ability speaks for itself: he's scored 16 goals in 21 appearances for Villa, which is truly incredible for a player of his age.
There's no doubt that we'll be seeing Abraham with a top-tier team soon.