Euro 2020 Special

Phil Foden to Saka: Generational PL Talents Born in 2000s

If you are a millennial and reading this then we’d advise that you take a hard look at yourself. Because Gen Z kids born in the 2000s have suddenly started ruling the world and the Premier League is seeing this transition as well. Phil Foden has displaced the regulars at Manchester City and become one of the first names on the team sheet. Similarly, all the other big clubs in the Premier League have one or two supremely talented young players coming through the ranks and are ruffling the feathers of the so-called experienced players in the squad.

Here are six players born in the 2000s from the top sides in the Premier League, who we believe are generational talents and can rule the league in the coming years.

PHIL FODEN (Manchester City)

Phil Foden has come through the Manchester City academy and has become one of the few graduates who could make a place in the starting lineup. Getting into that City team which is filled with remarkable attacking talent has been quite tricky in the past but Foden’s outrageous talent couldn’t be kept away for a long time.

He waited patiently for his chance to break through in the team. He was seen as a natural replacement for David Silva at the club but the English forward has different attributes to the Spanish playmaker. He has six goals and five assists in the league so far and has become a must for Gareth Southgate to include in his squad for the Euros.

MASON GREENWOOD (Manchester United)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called Mason Greenwood the best finisher at Manchester United. That’s how sharp the English forward is with his finishing. He had a breakthrough last season and is hailed as the future number 9 for the club.

Greenwood is just 19 and has already notched up 58 Premier League appearances for the club in which he has found the back of the net 12 times. His ambidextrous ability is what makes him so lethal in the opposition penalty box. Defenders don’t know if he’s going to take the ball on his left or right foot. Easily one of the best upcoming strikers in England.

CURTIS JONES (Liverpool)

This season has been Curtis Jones’ coming-of-age year. In an injury-ridden Liverpool side, Curtis has time and again taken up the responsibility of delivering top-class performances in the midfield for champions. His ability on the ball is so good that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t even see him as a kid anymore. He has been given the role of a leader in the team and there are plenty of expectations on the local Liverpool lad.

He has come through the academy and always had plenty of talent. But this year he has shown that along with the talent he has the mindset of playing at the elite level.


Emile Smith Rowe is in his debut Premier League season and has already shown that he is one to look out for in the future. Without him in the attacking areas, Arsenal are struggling to break teams down and that’s the kind of impact he has had during the season.

Mikel Arteta has handed him 16 games in the Premier League and he has come up with four assists already. He hasn’t scored yet in the Premier League but that day sure isn’t that far away.


Callum Hudson-Odoi has come up the hard way at Chelsea’s world-class academy. Chelsea graduates barely get an opportunity to make themselves a regular in the first XI but credit to Frank Lampard who backed these youngsters to come good and these players delivered.

There were some concerns when Thomas Tuchel took over at Chelsea that gametime for young academy graduates would be limited but Hudson-Odoi was the first player to impress the German coach. Tuchel has used Callum in various roles so far and his best position is yet to be determined. But the best part about the boy is that he gives it his all the pitch for his team.


One of the most versatile players in the Premier League currently is Bukayo Saka. He has got a killer left foot and the mindset of a top-class player. Whether he is deployed as a wing-back, winger or even as a creative midfielder at times, Saka more often than not delivers a high-quality performance.

He made his first-team debut in the 2018-19 season and since then has become a regular in the XI in no time. He has already registered 52 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and has six goals and seven assists to his name.

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