In January 2013, the Daily Mail published a list of 15 English “teen stars” they were adamant you should get excited about – but how have they fared since?
It’s fair to say that the players on this list have enjoyed ‘mixed’ success, but some may yet have their best years ahead of them.
Still, six years on, we’re starting to doubt some of these will ever play for England.
The then 17-year-old had signed a professional contract with Everton after moving from Bradford, apparently “drawing comparisons with Paul Gascoigne”.
However, he never went made a senior appearance for the Toffees, admitting in 2015 he “moved too fast” and left the money go to his head, sometimes not even bothering to turn up for training.
He suffered from depression but turned down help, and after a brief spell at Oldham following his Everton release, he found himself playing in the eighth tier for Ossett Town.
Green has since got his life back on track and has played in the Scottish and Norwegian top-flights with Kilmarnock and Viking respectively, while he is currently back in English football with non-league Chester.
Sinclair became the youngest player to ever appear for Liverpool when he was handed his debut by Brendan Rodgers in a League Cup tie in 2012, but the pacey forward only went on to make a couple of further appearances for the Reds.
He’s now on Watford’s books but has struggled to ever become a regular starter in a handful of loan spells across the Football League. He spent the first half of the 2018-19 season at League One Sunderland before switching to Oxford United in January 2019.
According to Robbie Fowler, the young midfielder could have been “the next Steven Gerrard”, but the actual Steven Gerrard doesn’t appear to fancy him.
He left Liverpool for Rangers in 2016 but has struggled to get games at Ibrox and is currently on loan at League Two promotion-chasers Bury.
The Liverpudlian had six loan spells at various Football League clubs as he spent three years on Everton’s books between 2012 and 2015 before eventually making the permanent move to Oxford United.
Lundstram became a key part of Oxford’s team as they won promotion from League Two in 2016-17, before making a mark at Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, making 36 appearances as they punched above their weight in their first season back in the second tier.
They’re now competing with Leeds and Norwich for promotion to the Premier League, but Lundstram has fallen away to the periphery.
An actual England international, Loftus-Cheek earned rave reviews for his performances in midfield as England made the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
A rare example of one of those “rising stars” that lives up to the hype, he’s nonetheless one of Chelsea’s many talented youngsters who struggle for regular opportunities.
While injuries haven’t helped, Maurizio Sarri tends to use him for the Europa League; he stepped up to score a hat-trick in the group stage against BATE Borisov.
An unquestionable talent, he might need to go elsewhere if he wants more minutes.
Shaw looked like a bonafide, ready-made Premier League star as he emerged for Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton.
Looking likely to be the heir to Ashley Cole as left-back for England, his career has been somewhat stunted by a double leg fracture, not to mention the torment of having Jose Mourinho as a boss.
Has pushed on recently and is once again fulfilling his potential. There’s every chance he’ll be the England and Manchester United mainstay that many expected.
A revelation when he first came through at Derby, things had begun to stall a little at the permanent second-tier outfit before he moved to Watford in 2017.
The exciting young midfielder has put in a number of strong performances this season, despite plenty of competition in a deep squad, as Watford look on course for their best-ever Premier League finish.
As yet another member of Chelsea’s extensive loan army, Chalobah finally made a permanent move away from the club when he joined Watford in 2017, after throughly impressing during the 2012-13 season on loan, before spells with Middlesbrough, Burnley and Napoli.
The last few years of his career have been severely hampered by injuries, but he’s a firm favourite of Gareth Southgate, who managed him in England’s Under-21s as they won the 2016 Toulon Tournament.
Chalobah has since made his senior England debut, against Spain in October 2018.
Many had speculated that Grealish would go on to throw away his obvious potential as tabloid stories about his lifestyle coincided with Villa’s relegation.
He’s established himself as one of Villa’s most important players, however, as he led them to the playoff final in the 2017-18 season, while his injury in the following season coincided with the team’s drop off in form.
Not only capable of scoring and assisting great goals, he’s also capable of setting the tempo from midfield and looks one of the best players in the Championship.
It’s only a matter of time before he’s lighting up the Premier League.
The Chesterfield-born striker played for Italy’s youth teams due to his Italian heritage, but he’s failed to pick up a senior international cap after making intermittent appearances in the lower reaches of the Football League.
He’s currently at non-league Buxton FC.
Gus Poyet’s son had quite the start to his career, winning Charlton’s Player of the Season award as he broke through as an 18-year-old.
A technically-proficient midfielder, he’s been unable to match those early heights, failing to make the grade at West Ham or rekindle his form in a subsequent loan move back to The Valley.
The 23-year-old is currently without a club after spells in Argentina and Cyprus.
Brown was picked up by Chelsea as a 17-year-old after generating hype coming through West Brom’s academy, and he lived up to that helping Huddersfield get promoted when spending the latter half of the 2016-17 season on loan there.
He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January 2018 during another loan spell at Brighton, however, and spent the entire calendar year recovering.
He’s currently on loan at Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United but has been forced to be patient after spending months rebuilding his match fitness with the Under-23s. He finally made his full debut for Leeds against QPR in February 2019.
Injuries have hampered the first few years of Gomez’ senior career, but when fit he’s looked more than capable of playing at the very top level with Liverpool.
Able to play as a centre-half or full-back, he’s impressed this season as Liverpool have challenged for the title, and is the fans’ favourite option to partner Virgil Van Dijk at the back.
The local lad, who played at various youth levels for England, went on to make 74 appearances for Crewe Alexandria before moving to Bolton in 2014.
He’d been touted to join a Premier League club, but that appears less likely now. He’s currently at Blackpool but has yet to make an appearance this season having undergone an operation on his hamstring.
The former Shrewsbury goalkeeper inevitably drew comparisons with Joe Hart, but he’s not had quite the same career path as the Premier League winner.
Burton, still just 22, is on Hull’s books but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club, having most recently spent the first half of the 2018-19 campaign playing for Chesterfield.
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