Sunday, 28 February 2016

The 10 youngest starters in the history of premier league


Here is a look back 10 young stars who were given a start in the premier league at their  early age of their football career.

(18years old)


10. After Marcus Rashford's league debut for Manchester United, where he became the club's fourth-youngest player to ever start a game and score a brace.


9. Gareth Barry (17 years 75 days)


​Barry made his breakthrough against Arsenal all the way back in 1998 and performed well as his Villa team claimed a 1-0 victory. He would go on to become a key player at Aston Villa and take the captaincy, before making a switch to Manchester City.
8. Emile Heskey (17 years 55 days)


​The famous Emile Heskey emerged during a 2-0 defeat to QPR in 1995. He would go on to score 40 league goals for Leicester before spells at Liverpool, Birmingham and Wigan followed.

He turned out for Aston Villa before deciding to head down under, but had his contract cancelled by Newcastle Jets. He currently plays for Bolton under Neil Lennon.
7. James Milner (17 years 34 days)


​ current Liverpool man burst onto the scene at the tender age of 17 with Leeds United against West Ham when they were in the Premier League in 2003. He tasted great success at Manchester City, where he won four trophies, before being signed by Brendan Rodgers for the Reds.
6. Stephen Carr (17 years 27 days)


​Tottenham granted youth academy prospect Stephen Carr his first start at Portman Road against Ipswich. He would go on to play for Spurs 272 times, winning the league cup in 1999 before lifting the trophy again with Birmingham in 2011. He is now retired at the age of 39.
5. Andy Campbell (17 years 9 days)


​Andy Campbell made his Middlesborough debut against Liverpool in a 1-0 defeat in 1996, and became something of a journeyman with spells at Sheffield United, Bolton and Cardiff.

He is currently the manager of West Auckland Town, who play in the Northern Football League Division One.
4. Neil Finn (17 years 2 days)


​West Ham gave a start to young Neil Finn against Manchester City after losing both their regular goalkeepers to injury. Man City won 2-1 and Finn never played for the Hammers ever again. In fact, he did not make many more professional appearances for any other club and eventually retired in 2008 after playing for lower league side Romford.
3. Wayne Rooney (16 years 297 days)


​No one will forget his first ever goal against Arsenal, but his debut against Spurs wasn't quite as eye-catching. The game finished 2-2, and Rooney was subbed off on the 66th minute mark and showed some quality of what was to come before netting 312 goals for club and country.
2. Reece Oxford (16 years 236 days)



​How many of these young starters were awarded man of the match on their debuts? A confident and professional performance against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium helped his West Ham side put the Gunners to the sword 2-0. He hasn't played much since, but it's likely to have upped the price tag on his head.
1. Jose Baxter (16 years 198 days)


​Jose Baxter was touted as a star of the future when he started against West Brom in 2008, but his career has unfortunately headed in the opposite direction. Everton decided to let him go in 2012, and he went on to play for Oldham and Sheffield United, where he has just been suspended for testing positive for ecstasy in a drugs test.

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