10) Freddie SearsGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Sears is a product of the West Ham United academy that famously produced many of the players who won the World Cup for England in 1966. He showed real promise in the youth team and was elevated to the first team in 2008.

In 2009 at 20 years old, Sears was loaned out by new manager, Gianfranco Zola. Sears made several loan moves until 2012, when he signed for Colchester United on a permanent basis. He impressed in League Two and earned himself a transfer to Championship side Ipswich Town. Sears continues to play for the Trotters and has scored 17 goals in 88 league appearances to date.

9) John BostockGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Upon developing through the Crystal Palace youth system, John Bostock signed professionally with the club in 2007. After just one season he impressed London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who signed the sixteen year old for around £1.25m.

His career with Spurs began with promise as he appeared in the clubs pre-season fixtures and also in the UEFA Cup. However his career stalled and he found himself loaned out several times. Bostock moved abroad to resurrect his career and now plays for French side, RC Lens in Ligue 1.

8) Nile RangerGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Ranger performed for Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle United at youth level. He looked the real deal upon making his Newcastle United senior debut in 2009, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League.

Ranger didn’t flourish in the Premier League and found himself out of favour on Tyneside. After a couple of loan spells the forward landed a permanent move to Swindon Town. He stayed with the club for two seasons before a move to Blackpool. He caused much controversy at Blackpool when he went AWOL, missing four pre-season friendlies. Nile Ranger now plays for Southend United in League One.

7) Mark BeeversGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Mark Beevers rose through the youth team at Sheffield Wednesday. Beevers made the bench for the FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester City aged just 18.

The defender made a good impression at Wednesday, but couldn’t cement a first team place. Wednesday loaned him to Millwall, which eventually became a permanent move. Mark Beevers signed for Bolton Wanderers in 2016 after expressing a desire to be up north.

6) Josh McEachranGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

McEachran progressed through the Chelsea youth team and was tipped for greatness. However, he came at a time when the Blues were blessed in his position with the likes of Frank Lampard and Michael Essien.

The midfielders made loan moves to develop but never made the cut with the Londoners. Today he plays for Brentford in the English Championship.


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