Inspired by Arsenal playing a young boy at Brentford, we’ve taken a look at the Premier League’s youngest player, with plenty of cautionary tales from Ethan Nwanyeri.
Arsenal: Ethan Nwaneri
15 years, 5 months, 28 days
Debut: Brentford 0-3 Arsenal on September 28, 2022
The player who pushed this advantage made his Arsenal debut from the bench last week. Not everyone was impressed.
Aston Villa: Russian Hepburn Murphy
16 years, 6 months, 14 days
Start: Sunderland 0-4 Villa, 14 March 2015
Hepburn Murphy, the Jamaican-born striker, made his debut under Tim Sherwood and made 16 more first-team appearances between loans at Cambridge, Tranmere and Derby. He then moved to Paphos in Cyprus before returning to England in Swindon in the summer.
Bournemouth: Owen Bevan
18 years, 10 months, 1 day
First Appearance: Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth on August 27, 2022
The centre-back, who has been playing at the Cherries since he was nine, was attacked at the deep end at Anfield before being sent on loan to Yeovil in the second league.
Brighton: Evan Ferguson
17 years and 4 months
Debut: Brighton 0-3 Burnley, February 19, 2022
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 national team striker made his bow in the First Division just over a year after joining Brighton from Bohemians. Ferguson has appeared on the bench once in the Premier League this season.
Brentford: Finn Stevens
18 years, 9 months, 1 day
First Appearance: Southampton 4-1 Brentford Jan 11, 2022
The seventh youngest player in Bee history is currently on loan to Swansea, having come off the bench three times in the tournament.
Chelsea: Judy Morris
17 years, 1 month, 14 days
First Appearance: Chelsea 5-0 Borough of February 5, 1996
Morris played 173 matches in all competitions for the Blues before moving to Leeds. The former midfielder later returned to Stamford Bridge as coach of the academy before helping Frank Lampard with the first team.
Crystal Palace: George Nada
17 years, 11 months, 5 days
First Appearance: Liverpool 5-0 Crystal Palace on November 28, 1992
The striker played 28 Premier League games with Palace, and scored one goal, before moving to Swindon for half a million in return.
Everton: Jose Baxter
16 years, 6 months, 9 days
Debut: Everton 2-3 Blackburn, August 16, 2008
Baxter, named Rooney’s next, was the second youngest player at the time in the Premier League behind Matt Briggs of Fulham. But he made only six more Premier League matches before leaving for Oldham. From there he moved to Sheffield United where he failed a drug test. He retired at the age of 29 after ending his career at Memphis 901 in the USL Class Two.
Fulham: Harvey Elliott
16 years, 1 month
First appearance: Wolverhampton 1-0 Fulham, 4 May 2019
Elliott broke Briggs’ record, before becoming the second youngest player in the Premier League after moving to Anfield two months later. The midfielder is also the youngest player to play in the League Cup at 15 years and 174 days old.
Leeds United: Aaron Lennon
16 years, 4 months, 7 days
First Appearance: Tottenham 2-1 Leeds, 23 August 2003
Archie Gray would have set Lennon’s former England international had he made his debut on any of the six occasions he was off the bench at Leeds last season. Lennon had a fantastic run, making 416 league appearances with Leeds, Tottenham, Everton and Burnley.
Leicester City: Emile Heskey
17 years, 1 month, 25 days
First Appearance: QPR 2-0 Leicester on 8 March 1995
Heskey played 154 league matches with the Foxes, scoring 40 goals, before moving to Liverpool. He then played in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan and Villa while making 62 caps along the way.
Liverpool: Jack Robinson
16 years, 8 months, 7 days
First Appearance: Hull 0-0 Liverpool 9 May 2010
The centre-back played two more times in the Premier League for Liverpool, before permanently leaving Anfield for Queens Park Rangers in 2014. He later returned to the Premier League with Sheffield United where he remained.
Manchester City: Micah Richards
17 years, 3 months, 28 days
First Appearance: Arsenal 1-0 City October 22, 2005
after, after Explode at the sceneRichards played 245 games for City in all competitions and 13 games for England. Then his career fell off a cliff, largely due to injuries, during spells at Fiorentina and Villa.
Manchester United: Angel Gomez
16 years, 8 months, 20 days
First Appearance: United 2-0 Crystal Palace, May 21, 2017
Gomez appeared when Jose Mourinho played for a team of kids on his final day with little to no risk ahead of the 2017 Europa League final. Playing only four times in the Premier League and realizing his chances are limited at Old Trafford, he opted to join Lille as a free agent in 2020. .
Newcastle United: Adam Armstrong
17 years, 1 month, 5 days
First Appearance: Fulham 1-0 Newcastle 15 March 2014
Forward Jordi Armstrong played 17 games for his hometown side before joining Blackburn permanently in 2018 after loan spells at Rovers, Bolton, Barnsley and Coventry. He scored 49 in 130 games at Blackburn before returning to the Premier League with Southampton after the Saints paid around £15m to play for England’s Under-21 team.
Nottingham Forest: Chris Doig
17 years, 10 months, 13 days
First Appearance: Manchester United 3-0 Forest December 26, 1998
Their Premier League appearances have been as good as Dowig, who has enjoyed a long career in the Football League and abroad in Australia and Indonesia.
Southampton: Luke Show
17 years, 3 months, 24 days
First Appearance: West Brom 2-0 Saints, 5 November 2012
Saints made around £30m when they sold him to Manchester United in 2014, where he remains Eric Ten Hag doesn’t seem to like it very much.
Tottenham: Dean Scarlett
16 years, 10 months, 14 days
First Appearance: Tottenham 2-0 West Brom 7 February 2021
Scarlett made singles appearances in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons before being loaned this summer to Portsmouth, with the 18-year-old scoring three goals in eight Premier League matches.
West Ham: Race Oxford
16 years, 7 months, 24 days
First Appearance: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham, August 9, 2015
Oxford broke a record 93 to become the youngest player in Hammers history, and despite expecting big things, as evidenced by the four-and-a-half-year contract he secured on his 18th birthday, he only made an appearance again in the Premier League after Put the pen to the paper. On loan to Reading, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Augsburg, where he moved permanently in 2019.
Wolves: Anthony Fordy
18 years 10 days
First Appearance: Chelsea 3-0 Wolves on November 26, 2011
Ford managed to make six appearances in the Premier League before Wolves fell in the tournament. He went on to play with Scunthorpe, Walsall, Rotherham and Oxford before joining Wrexham in the National League this summer.