Every player has to start off his career at some point, even the biggest stars. Therefore, let’s take a look at the ten youngest starlets who made their Premier League debut during the 2015/2016 season.
1. Reece Oxford (West Ham)
Age: 16 Years 7 Months 24 Days
Oxford made his debut on August 9 against Arsenal. The Hammers beat the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates, with goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Maura Zarate. Oxford played 79 minutes in midfield and has appeared in three other Premier League matches so far, for a total of 138 minutes.
2. Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Age: 18 Years 02 Months 17 Days
Gomez got his first Premier League action on August 9 against Stoke City. He started at left-back and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory, following a late Philippe Coutinho goal. Since, Gomez has appeared in four other league matches for the Reds, playing a total of 483 minutes, before suffering a season-ending injury.
3. Jordan Rossiter (Liverpool)
Age: 18 Years 05 Months 00 Days
Rossiter made his debut on August 24 against Arsenal, with Liverpool holding the Gunners to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates. He replaced Lucas Leiva in midfield with 14 minutes left to play, currently his only Premier League action of the season (plus 182 minutes in the Europa League), as he suffered a muscle fibre in October.
4. Josh Onomah (Tottenham)
Age: 18 Years 06 Months 06 Days
Onomah registered his first Premier League minutes in Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa on November 2. The midfielder replaced fellow youngster Dele Alli in the 89th minute of play. This season, Onomah has played a total of 25 minutes in six league matches, while also making four Europa League appearances.
5. Patrick Roberts (Manchester City)
Age: 18 Years 07 Months 21 Days
Roberts made his Premier League debut on September 26, when Manchester City lost 4-1 at White Heart Lane to Tottenham. The striker replaced Sergio Aguero with four minutes left, his only Premier League action so far. The former Fulham player did make an appearance in two League Cup matches.
6. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United)
Age: 18 Years 09 Months 05 Days
Borthwick-Jackson first walked on a Premier League pitch on November 7, the day Manchester United beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford. The left-back replaced Marcos Rojo in the 76th minute and has played a total of 258 minutes in five league matches so far. He also played 47 minutes in the Champions League.
7. Kelechi Ilheanacho (Manchester City)
Age: 18 Years 10 Months 26 Days
Ilheanacho saw his first Premier League action on August 29. Manchester City beat Watford 2-0 that day, with the striker replacing Raheem Sterling in the 89th minute. Since then, Ilheanacho has scored two league goals in 14 appearances and 301 minutes. He also scored twice in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup.
8. Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Age: 19 Years 03 Months 28 Days
August 8 marked Alli’s Premier League debut, when Tottenham suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United. The midfielder replaced Eric Dier in the 77th minute. However, at this moment Alli is a full-time starter with the Spurs, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 1.595 minutes.
9. Brendan Galloway (Everton)
Age: 19 Years 04 Months 22 Days
Galloway saw his first Premier League action on August 8, when Everton drew 2-2 at home against Watford. The left-back has played a total of 1.222 league minutes with the Toffees, providing one assist and receiving two yellow cards. He also appeared in two League Cup matches and one FA Cup match.
10. Josh Cullen (West Ham)
Age: 19 Years 04 Months 22 Days
Cullen made his Premier League debut on August 29, when West Ham took home three points from Anfield Road, beating Liverpool 3-0. The Irish midfielder replaced Diafra Sakho in the dying seconds of the match. Cullen hasn’t been featured for the Hammers so far this season.