Should I stay or should I go? It’s a question that most top young English players will be asking themselves right now. With the Phil Foden vs Jordan Sancho debate raging on, here’s a look at those under the age of 21 with the most Premier League minutes this season.
1. Declan Rice, West Ham
Age: 20, appearances: 23, minutes: 2026
Back in September, Rice capitalised on another Jack Wilshere injury and he’s not looked back since. He’s now a mainstay in the West Ham midfield alongside Mark Noble, and the Premier League giants will be queuing up to sign him this summer.
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
Age: 20, appearances: 18, minutes: 1518
With his speed and maturity, Alexander-Arnold has made the Liverpool right-back role his own. If it wasn’t for injuries and fixture pile-ups, he would probably have played every single Premier League minute this season.
3. Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham
Age: 18, appearances: 23, minutes: 1462
It’s been a difficult Premier League debut for one of our most exciting young English players. Sessegnon has been moved around a lot this season – from left-back to left-wing, and now to the bench. I guess it’s all good experience, and he still has 2 goals and 5 assists.
4. Dwight McNeill, Burnley
Age: 19, appearances: 9, minutes: 689
McNeill is yet to play for England at any youth level. But since Sean Dyche gave him a chance in the Premier League in December, the left winger has been brilliant, contributing 1 goal and 2 assists.
5. Grady Diangana, West Ham
Age: 20, appearances: 13, minutes: 475
Diangana scored twice on his first-team debut in the EFL Cup against Macclesfield Town last year. That performance earned him Premier League minutes and so far, the winger has impressed in patches.
6. Morgan Gibbs-White, Wolves
Age: 19, appearances: 18, minutes: 453
Gibbs-White was one of the stars of England’s Under-17 World Cup win in 2017. At Wolves, he has Rúben Neves and João Moutinho ahead of him, but the talented playmaker is making waves off the bench.
7. Oliver Skipp, Tottenham
Age: 18, appearances: 6, minutes: 187
Skipp is Mauricio Pochettino’s latest reliable academy recruit. He’s stockier than Harry Winks, but plays with a similar energy and quality on the ball. The future looks bright for Skipp.
8. Callum Slattery, Southampton
Age 20, appearances: 3, minutes: 110
Ralph Hasenhüttl has shown great faith in Saints’ young English players since his arrival in December. Attacking midfielder Slattery is just one of the many academy graduates getting rare Premier League minutes.
9. Phil Foden, Manchester City
Age: 18, appearances: 8, minutes: 93
For all his success in the cup competitions for City, Foden is still yet to start a Premier League game. Will his 2 goals against Newport County change that?
10. Kayne Ramsay, Southampton
Age: 18, appearances: 1, minutes: 90
Ramsay was really thrown in at the deep end, making his Premier League debut against Manchester City. The young right-back coped pretty well considering.
11. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea
Age: 18, appearances: 4, minutes: 74
Despite his impressive cup displays and the interest from Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi is still sat on the bench at Chelsea. With Maurizio Sarri’s side crying out for speed and incision, that seems a very strange decision indeed.