20 16-YEAR-OLD WONDERKIDS!

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This is their year!

These guys are 16 years old, and in their first season as full time footballers. Pro clubs call them ‘first-year-scholars’, we call them THE FUTURE OF FOOTY!

ARSENAL

MARCUS AGYEI-TABI

Position Midfielder

Republic of Ireland

This dude can play anywhere in midfield and he’s already impressed a certain Mr Wenger. Marcus has been invited to train with the first team and he plays regularly for Ireland U17s, qualifying through his grandparents!

Special skill: Defence splitting passes!

ASTON VILLA

JAMES FINNERTY

Position Defender

Republic of Ireland

Aston Villa signed this strong defender in the summer from Dublin club Belvedere FC who have produced ten full Irish international players in their 44-year-history – can James add his name to that list?

Special skill: Strength and composure!

BOURNEMOUTH

COREY JORDAN

Position Defender

England

Bournemouth are expecting BIG things from this BIG centre back – Corey stands at 6ft 2in and he’s still only 16! He has been at the club since he was seven and is currently starring in the Bournemouth youth team managed by club legend Carl Fletcher!

Special skill: Aerial duals!

CHELSEA

TREVOH CHALOBAH

Position Defender

England

Recognised Trevoh’s surname? His older brother is Chelsea and England U21 star Nathaniel Chalobah! Unlike Nathaniel, Trevoh is a defender and their younger brother Paul is also at Chelsea’s Academy – talented family!

Special skill: Strength on the ball!

CRYSTAL PALACE

CALLUM STURGESS

Position Defender

England

Already a regular in Palace’s U21 side, Callum’s tenacity and bravery have led many to believe he’s destined for The Eagles First Team. England’s current No.1 full-back, Nathaniel Clyne, also started his career at Selhurst Park!

Special skill: Determination!

EVERTON

AARON JONES

Position Goalkeeper

Wales

This Welsh international stopper joined Everton aged 12 having also trained at Man. City. Aaron recently played in a famous Welsh win over Holland in an U17 Euro qualifier – the future looks bright for The Dragons!

Special skill: Shot stopping!

LEICESTER

ETHAN HODBY

Position Midfielder

England

Local Leicester lad Ethan is a lively winger with a talent for footballing freestyle! We spied footage of him doing some amazing tekkers in his back garden aged just 14!

Special skill: Technical trickery!

LIVERPOOL

BOBBY ADEKANYE

Position Forward

Holland

Bobby signed for Barcelona from Ajax aged just 12 but was forced to move back to Holland by FIFA because his parents didn’t move to Spain with him! Barca then loaned him to PSV for a year while they tried to resolve the problem but Bobby wanted a permanent club so signed with Liverpool in the summer!

Special skill: Driving forward runs!

MAN. CITY

SADOU DIALLO

Position Midfielder

England

Do we have a Yaya Toure in the making here? Sadou is a strong, powerful midfielder with excellent passing who controls games from the middle of the pitch. The good news for England fans is that he qualifies for the Three Lions having moved here from Guinea when he was young!

Special skill: Precision passing!

MAN. UNITED

ILIAS MOUTHA-SEBTAOUI

Position Goalkeeper

Belgium

Man. United spotted Ilias producing wonder saves at international tournaments for his first club Standard Liege so they signed him up! Remember the name, just don’t try and spell it!

Special skill: Lightning fast reflexes!

NEWCASTLE

MACKENZIE HEANEY

Position Midfielder

England

Mackenzie proved that he is a midfielder who can score goals when he collected the Golden Boot last summer at The Milk Cup, a famous youth tournament in Northern Ireland! He has already signed a boot deal with Nike and has a load of caps and goals for England’s youth team!

Special skill: Creativity!

NORWICH

GLENN MIDDLETON

Position Forward

Scotland

Glenn hit a fiercely struck goal for Norwich U21s this season when he was still only 15! The speedy forward is a regular at Scotland youth level and has benefitted from the coaching of club legend, Darren Huckerby!

Special skill: Dribbling!

STOKE

LUIS SILVA

Position Defender

Portugal

Mark Hughes managed to sign this talented defender from Champions League side Benfica even though they wanted to keep him! Last summer Luis starred for Portugal during an invitational tournament in England that saw his country beat England, Italy and Turkey!

Special skill: Ball carrying!

SOUTHAMPTON

CALLUM SLATTERY

Position Midfielder

England

This lad regularly wears the captain’s armband for England’s youth side! He was also member of the U21 team that lifted the Premier League Cup in April. Two months later Callum signed his first professional contract, ending speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal!

Special skill: Long-range thunder blasters!

SUNDERLAND

ELLIOT EMBLETON

Position Midfielder

England

Elliot is tall, technically good on the ball and he can shoot – just ask anyone who saw his 25-yard strike against Stoke in the U18 Premier League this season! Even though he is a local North East lad his favourite club are Man. United!

Special skill: Top technique!

SWANSEA

LIAM CULLEN

Position Forward

Wales

The Swans are really excited about this lad – they handed him a debut for the U18s when he was just 13! Now that he’s 16 his development shows no signs of slowing, nor are the goals – he came off the bench to score four in a recent FA Youth Cup tie!

Special skill: Deadly finishing!

TOTTENHAM

KEANAN BENNETTS

Position Forward

England / Germany

A two-footed winger who can play on either flank, Keanan actually qualifies to play for both England AND Germany! He has played for both at youth level but is yet to fully commit his international future – tough decision!

Special skill: Taking on defenders!

WATFORD

DION PEREIRA

Position Forward

England

This dude is skilful, strong and loves scoring goals. He can play on either flank and loves nothing more than cutting inside on his favourite left foot and popping off efforts on goal!

Special skill: Quick-fire shots!

WEST BROM

TYLER ROBERTS

Position Forward

Wales

We highlighted Tyler last year, and he’s had a great year. He trained with Gareth Bale and the Welsh senior squad before their Euro qualifier against Belgium, he’s become a Welsh U21 regular and he’s expected to make his league debut in 2016 either for West Brom or on loan – and he’s just 16!

Special skill: Clinical finishing!

WEST HAM

IDRIS KANU

Position Striker

England

Idris came to our attention at the end of last season when he scored two against Liverpool U18 to help West Ham win 3-2. But this feat was made even more impressive by the fact he was still just 14 and had already played a game for West Ham U16 that day!

Special skill: Pace and power!

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