Premier League football witnessed another exciting and productive campaign in terms of quality, competitiveness, elation and also despair. Like every year, an array of youngsters have received plaudits from the pundits and we have picked out five of them after detailed analysis.
Our list does not necessarily contain the esteemed names of world football based on their fame or statistics, but also those who made a stunning impact whenever handed opportunities and left their mark silently towards an even brighter future.
Position: Midfielder/ Winger/ Full-back
Arsenal had a disappointing campaign as they failed to gift Arsene Wenger a proper farewell. But the veteran Frenchman is signing off after nurturing some exceptional talents and the 20-year-old academy prodigy is certainly the one who impressed in multiple roles whenever handed opportunities to prove his talent.
Mostly exploited as a left fullback, Maitland-Niles also settled in well as a wingback and in the middle of the park. It is yet unclear who will take over from Wenger and become the next boss, but the versatile youngster deserves to play a bigger role next season onwards.
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs paid a club-record £42m transfer fee for the Ajax starlet in summer. The gamble, however, looks like a bargain now as the young Colombian international did exceptionally well in absence of veteran Toby Alderweirled who missed out the majority of the Premier League season with injuries and conflict over a new contract. A little rusty at times, Sanchez, improved immensely with every game and has established himself as a successful addition for years to come.
This youngster was playing in the Scottish third-tier four years back, desperately looking for a job and despite establishing himself as a professional footballer, the Scotsman witnessed his side Hull City being relegated from Premier League football.
He, however, was acquired by Liverpool for a nominal fee in summer and started the season as Alberto Moreno’s deputy. But the Spaniard’s injury midway through the campaign earned Robertson his much-awaited opportunities which he grabbed gracefully and demonstrated himself as league’s best full-back.
Position: Central Midfielder
Club: AFC Bournemouth
The young Englishman was signed in from Leeds United last season but made only a few appearances in his debut term in Premier League football. He, however, impressed Eddie Howe in pre-season and the Cherries boss handed him a regular role in the middle of the park. Cook certainly did not disappoint and his impressive run earned him his senior international debut in late-March against Italy.
Position: Left Winger
Club: Manchester City
Sane is one of the main architects of Manchester City’s sheer dominance in Premier League this term as the German sensation contributed persistently with goals as well as assists and was rightly declared as Premier League’s Young Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season. It is to be seen now how he performs for his country in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Special Mention: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, West Ham United’s Declan Rice, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay and Watford’s Richarlison had some glorious spells in the Premier League as well and these prodigies will be monitored more minutely in the next term.