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BT Sport pundit Joe Cole has picked his top five most exciting young Premier League players.
The former midfielder has made his debut for West Ham at 17, later moving to Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa. He has won 56 England caps and now works as a coach at Stamford Bridge.
Cole has decided to pick his top five of the young midfielders of the season when Starsport caught up with him this week.
He said: “I’m going to go all midfielders because that’s what excites me. It’s a real tough one but I’m going for Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Billy Gilmour. They are all very similar, handle the ball so well. All very much a modern-day midfielders. They could be in any order. These guys are really pushing each other to get better. You can bet they’re all watching each other and trying to improve.”
Grealish, 24, is Aston Villa’s key player, who has scored 9 goals and assisted 8 times this term. Recenlty he has been targeted by a number of clubs, including Manchester United.
Maddison, 23, has shown an impressive game this season, having scored 9 goals and providing 3 assists for Leciester City. He is also on his way to break into the England national team.
Mount, 21, has sparkled under Cole’s former teammate Frank Lampard, starting 25 Premier League games with Chelsea.
Foden, 19, is one of the promising youngsters of Manchester City and is believed to be the successor of David Silva when the latter leaves the club.
Gilmour, who is just 18, is one of the rising stars of Chelsea. He has been named a man of the match for his performance against Liverpool.
Speaking on the youngsters, Cole added: “We are the cream of Europe now in England, and Scotland too with Billy. We are producing big amounts of these players. They just keep coming through the production line. The future is bright for British football. It’s fantastic. Billy was terrific, a real talent. A cultured footballer. He can be what he wants. I like him in that midfield role. But I think he might eventually develop and play further up the pitch, like a ten. All Billy needs to do is keep his feet on the ground. He’s another massive asset for Chelsea. It will all come down to how he performs. Once you’ve got that shirt it’s up to you to deal with it. To be where he is and playing how he is is a massive achievement for him and his parents. He’s a well-grounded young man.”