5) Danny DrinkwaterGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Formed in the Manchester United youth set up, Danny Drinkwater found himself loaned out a lot in his early days. He joined Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley before finally leaving the Red Devils on a permanent basis.

Drinkwater has found unpredicted success since leaving Manchester. He signed for Championship side Leicester City in 2012 and is one of a handful of players to have won both the Championship title and Premier League title with the Foxes. Drinkwater is also an England international and has earned 3 senior caps.

4) Victor MosesGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Moses began his career with Crystal Palace, when they were in the English Championship. The Nigerian later signed for Premier League Wigan Athletic, who saw potential in the winger.

After two successful years in Lancashire, Moses moved to Chelsea where he was used as a back up. However, since the start of the 2016/17 season, the Nigerian midfielder has become a key player for the Blues and has made 20 appearances to date, scoring 4 goals.

3) Jacob MellisGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Jacob Mellis developed from the Sheffield United youth academy. He signed for Chelsea in 2007 during a period of increased youth purchases made by José Mourinho.

Mellis was tipped for greatness by the Guardian after a string of impressive youth team performances. However the midfielder never developed much more at Chelsea and after the departure of Mourinho, many of the youth team players were shipped out on loan. Mellis has made several moves in his career and is now settled at Bury FC in England’s League One.

2) Jose BaxterGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

Dubbed the next Wayne Rooney, Jose Baxter showed great promise and Evertonians believed they’d found a new superstar. Things began well for the youngster, who made his first team debut at just sixteen years of age. He remained in the squad rotation through the next two seasons but then joined nearby Tranmere Rovers on loan.

Baxter remained at Tranmere for half a season before returning to Everton. He remained a fringe player behind the likes of Nikica Jelavić, Tim Cahill and James McFadden and left the club on a free after rejecting a new contract. Baxter joined Oldham Athletic where he proved a success and later signed for Sheffield United. The striker became embroiled in controversy after failing a drugs test and was later released by the clun. Jose Baxter remains a free agent.

1) Danny WelbeckGuardian future stars footballers footballer premier league soccer

A product of the Manchester United youth academy, Danny Welbeck achieved a great deal after turning professional. He’s won several England caps as well as domestic trophies.

Welbeck has suffered from injuries however and this halted his rapid progress. The forward left Manchester United in 2015 in search of first-team football, rather than from the bench. He signed for Arsenal and has proved a favourite with fans, however his injury problems have resurfaced, resulting in a lack of game time.


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