Young players come to the Premier League and are often intimidated by the pace and physical nature of English football, which can stop them from having an instant impact. Here are our top five youngsters who have done just the opposite.
Christian Benteke – Aston Villa
Benteke went to Aston Villa under a lot of pressure, especially when it emerged that Paul Lambert was not going to be using Darren Bent regularly in the Aston Villa first team. He’s responded well with 12 goals in 26 games which will go a long way to saving the club if they stay up.
Oscar – Chelsea
Oscar is a small player who is extremely gifted in a technical sense. He went to Chelsea knowing that opposition sides would try and find ways to bully him off the ball but he’s been consistent and is now one of the first choice midfielders in the side for all competitions.
Matija Nastasic – Manchester City
Nastasic joined Manchester City from Fiorentina and has made 17 appearances for the first team at the Etihad. He is a central defender so his job in adapting to English football has arguably been the most difficult but it’s one that he’s done superbly in the absence of Vincent Kompany.
Lewis Holtby – Tottenham Hotspur
It seems to have been a masterstroke by Spurs to sign Holtby from Schalke early. He is a complete midfield man who looks as though he can play in any position. Rather than be intimidated by the pace of English football, he has embraced it and is popular with the Spurs fans for the way he runs around the pitch like a headless chicken.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
Signed last January from Inter Milan, he has fitted straight into the Liverpool first team comfortably. He looks like a real classic attacking midfield style player, able to thread the ball through the opposition defence with only minimal space to work with.
Who else would you put in this list?