Youngest premier league debutants: The biggest complaint in modern football is the lack of trust and game time being given to the youth. This is a result of millions being thrown around in the market every transfer window. Especially in the Premier League. However, as we can clearly see from the number of times the records have been broken from the following list, exceptions do clearly exist. Here is a list of the ten youngest premier league debutants.
10. Jack Wilshere – 16 years and 256 days
Jack Wilshere made his debut for Arsenal at the age of 16 years and 256 days. Wilshere’s debut came under the management of Arsene Wenger, who recognized his immense talent and potential.
On September 13, 2008, Wilshere was given the opportunity to showcase his skills when he came off the bench in a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers. In doing so, he became Arsenal’s youngest ever league player, surpassing the record previously held by Cesc Fabregas.
Although Wilshere’s appearance was brief, it marked the beginning of a promising career. His technical abilities, vision, and maturity on the pitch were evident even at such a young age. Despite the challenges and injuries he faced throughout his career, his debut remains a memorable moment for both him and Arsenal fans.
9. Jack Robinson – 16 years and 250 days
Jack Robinson made his debut for Liverpool at the age of 16 years and 250 days, becoming the club’s youngest ever player at the time. His debut came in the final game of the 2009-2010 Premier League season, under the management of Rafa Benitez.
On May 9, 2010, Liverpool faced Hull City, and Robinson was given the opportunity to showcase his skills when he came on as a substitute. Despite his young age, he displayed a solid defensive performance and demonstrated his ability to contribute to the team’s attacking play as well.
8. Gary McSheffrey – 16 years and 198 days
Gary McSheffrey made his debut for Coventry City at the age of 16 years and 198 days, becoming the Premier League’s youngest ever player at the time. His debut occurred on May 1, 1999, in a match against local rivals Aston Villa.
The club’s manager at the time, Gordon Strachan, had the confidence to give McSheffrey his first-team opportunity, recognizing his potential and talent.
7. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy – 16 years and 198 days
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy made his debut for Ast
on Villa at the age of 16 years and 198 days. His debut came in a Premier League match against Sunderland on March 9, 2015.
Coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute, he replaced the experienced forward Christian Benteke. In that match, Aston Villa secured a convincing 4-0 victory, and Hepburn-Murphy played a role in their attacking play.
6. Jose Baxter – 16 years and 191 days
Jose Baxter made his debut for Everton at the age of 16 years and 191 days, becoming the club’s youngest ever player. His debut took place on August 16, 2008, in a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers.
Coming off the bench as a substitute, he demonstrated composure and technical ability, making an impression despite his young age. Following his debut, Baxter continued to make appearances for Everton, earning praise for his creativity and skill on the pitch. He displayed versatility, being able to operate in midfield or as
5. Aaron Lennon – 16 years and 129 days
Aaron Lennon made his Premier League debut for Leeds United at the age of 16 years and 129 days, becoming the club’s youngest ever player. His debut took place on August 23, 2003, in a match against Tottenham Hotspur.
He displayed remarkable speed, agility, and technical ability on the pitch. His performance caught the attention of fans and pundits alike, as he made an immediate impact in his debut match.
4. Isaiah Brown – 16 years and 117 days
Isaiah Brown made his Premier League debut for West Bromwich Albion at the age of 16 years and 117 days, becoming the second-youngest player to make an appearance in the Premier League at that time. His debut came on May 4, 2013, in a match against Wigan Athletic.
Brown’s debut highlighted his potential and talent as a young player. Coming on as a substitute in the 86th minute, he demonstrated glimpses of his technical ability and composure on the ball.
3. Matthew Briggs – 16 years and 68 days
Matthew Briggs made his Premier League debut for Fulham at the age of 16 years and 68 days, becoming the youngest player to play in the Premier League at that time. His debut took place on May 13, 2007, in a match against Middlesbrough.
Following his debut, Briggs continued to make appearances for Fulham, primarily as a backup left-back. However, he struggled to establish himself as a regular starter and faced competition from more experienced players in his position.
After his playing career, Briggs transitioned into non-league football and even had a stint working on a construction site. He eventually retired from professional football.
2. Harvey Elliott – 16 years and 30 days
Harvey Elliott made his Premier League debut for Fulham at the age of 16 years and 30 days, becoming the youngest debutant in the history of the club. His debut came on May 4, 2019, in a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Following his debut for Fulham, Elliott’s performances garnered attention from top clubs, and in July 2019, he made a high-profile move to Liverpool. Despite being a young player, he has established himself as a staple in Jürgen Klopp’s squad.
1. Ethan Nwaneri – 15 years and 181 days
Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri made history as the youngest player ever to feature in a Premier League match. The record-breaking moment occurred during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Brentford on Sunday. Nwaneri’s debut came in the 90th minute, when he substituted Fábio Vieira.
At the tender age of 15 years and 181 days, Nwaneri surpassed the previous league record held by Harvey Elliott of Liverpool (16 years, 30 days). Not only did he break the Premier League record, but he also etched his name in Arsenal’s history books as their youngest senior player of all time. This title was previously held by Cesc Fàbregas. Who made his debut for Arsenal at 16 years, 5 months, and 24 days.
As mentioned, a huge influx of capital has prevented many youngsters from receiving exposure at the highest level at young ages. However, with the level of training and preparations, footballers are capable of achieving their peak much earlier. As a result it is certain we see more and more youngsters entering this list.