1) ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN Age: 17. Club: Chelsea. Position: Centre-back.
A tall, imposing Danish centre-back who made the bench for Chelsea’s final Premier League game of last season, Christensen subsequently travelled on the end-of-season trip to America and could receive further run-outs during 2013/14. A player who shone in the NextGen Series and FA Youth Cup in his first season at Chelsea, a senior debut may well follow this time around.
2) ADNAN JANUZAJ
Age: 18. Club: Manchester United. Position: Winger.
After months of impressing in the club’s U21 set-up, Januzaj was drafted into the Manchester United senior squad towards the end of last season and is expected to be heavily involved in the Capital One Cup this time around. Extremely skilful, tall and versatile, Januzaj is most at home as a number ten and also weighs in with his fair share of goals.
3) IZZY BROWN
Age: 16. Club: West Bromwich Albion. Position: Striker.
A 16-year-old striker who is the jewel in the crown of West Bromwich Albion’s steadily-improving Academy, Brown has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and it will certainly be difficult for the Baggies to retain his services if he continues to develop apace.
4) SERGE GNABRY
Age: 17. Club: Arsenal. Position: Winger.
The dynamic and skilful German winger made his Premier League and Champions League debuts in the space of a few days last season, but drifted out of the first-team picture towards the end of the campaign. Possessing a powerful shot, Gnabry will be seeking to make an even bigger impact this season.
5) JACOB MURPHY
Age: 18. Club: Norwich City. Position: Winger.
Along with his twin brother Josh, Jacob Murphy was one of the stars of Norwich City’s FA Youth Cup success last season. Capable of playing on either flank or up front, the extremely skilful youngster should receive some Premier League minutes next season.