There are a number of hugely promising youngsters who look primed to set the league alight next term
The 2018/19 Premier League season saw the breakthrough of some immense young talent.
West Ham youngster Declan Rice shone in the middle of the park with some assured displays and was rightfully called-up to the England squad.
While Chelsea’s teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also dazzled for both Chelsea and England before his season was cut short with an Achilles injury.
In light of their superb displays, talkSPORT.com wanted to find out which teenagers could set the division alight next season – and we have comprised an XI of some of the brightest young stars in the league.
Goalkeeper: Joao Virginia (Everton)
Everton’s goalkeeper Virginia, formerly of Arsenal and Porto, is widely considered the long-term successor to Jordan Pickford despite being just five years younger than the England stopper.
The 19-year-old impressed at youth level for the Toffees this term and a loan move may be a good option for him to gain more first-team experience next season.
Right-back: Reece James (Chelsea)
Ask any Chelsea fan about which player they’re most excited about and nine times out of ten they’ll say James.
Although he’s injured for the start of the new campaign, 19-year-old James went from strength to strength this season and is now viewed as one of the best young English players around.
He was named Wigan’s Player of the Season and also featured in the Championship Team of the Year
Left-back: Lewis Gibson (Everton)
Gibson was highly rated at Newcastle before he signed for Everton and you can see why.
The 18-year-old has been on superb form for the Everton Under-23s this campaign, putting a string of accomplished displays on the left side of defence.
However, Lucas Digne has had a great debut season in the Premier League and it would take a lot for him to be displaced in the line-up.
Still Gibson could be given a chance in the first-team in cup matches.
Centre-back: Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea)
Welsh defender Ampadu deservedly occupies one of the central roles in the back four having demonstrated maturity beyond his years across 12 first-team outings for Chelsea this season.
The 18-year-old looks a real star in the making and he could shine under Lampard next season if given the chance, or sent out on loan with Aston Villa interested.
Centre-back: Eric Garcia (Man City)
The defender captained every Barcelona youth side until he moved to the Premier League.
The Spaniard, 18, is extremely highly-rated but struggled for game time last season due to City’s extensive defensive options.
With Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi seemingly on their way out of the club, could it be Garcia’s time to shine?
Right midfielder: Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)
Nelson scored seven goals in an impressive loan spell with Hoffenheim last season.
It was his first consistent taste of senior football after previously only featuring in a handful of Premier League and Europa League games for Arsenal.
Central midfielder: Oliver Skipp (Tottenham)
Skipp, just like Harry Winks, is another player Mauricio Pochettino has shown great faith in.
The 18-year-old has made eight appearances for the Lilywhites this season and has looked the part in most of his outings.
He has a great calmness on the ball in midfield and will surely be given more chances in the starting XI next term
Central midfielder: Phil Foden (Man City)
‘The Stockport Iniesta’ undoubtedly had a season of progression under Pep Guardiola, having made eight more Premier League appearances than last season – and 26 in total.
Next year could really be the year where he becomes pivotal to Man City’s team.
Left midfielder: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
Hudson-Odoi broke onto the scene in superb fashion this term before his season was prematurely ended with an Achilles injury.
He dazzled for Chelsea, especially in their Europa League campaign, and could thrive under the leadership of Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
Striker: Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
With the departure of Daniel Sturridge confirmed, Klopp may be willing to give Brewster more chances next season.
The youngster clearly has bags of talent and that was evident after helping England win the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, where he scooped the Golden Boot and Bronze Ball.
Striker: Mason Greenwood (Man United)
The Red Devils wasted no time in signing Mason Greenwood to his first professional contract in October after he finished top scorer in the Under-18 Premier League North last term.
Greenwood looked sharp in his cameo appearance against Cardiff in the final match of the season and with Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan-bound we could see him get many more minutes under Solskjaer.