17 Premier League players among top 50 young players in Europe

Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Southampton, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal players feature in the list compiled by Spanish newspaper 'Sport.'

It's international week and from a club perspective not a great deal happening, so it was a perfect time for Spanish newspaper 'Sport' to release their list of the top 50 young players in Europe.

And it is far from a La Liga dominated list, with players from the Bundesliga, Russian Premier League, Ligue One, Serie A, Portugal's Primeira Liga as well as clubs in Croatia and Ukraine. But perhaps the most influential is the English Premier League.

17 players either owned by Premier League clubs or on loan in the division feature with eight different clubs represented. That's a far finer spread than La Liga or the Bundesliga where just four and three clubs feature from each respectively.

It could so nearly have been more, with many players linked with summer transfers to the Premier League who did not make their moves also featuring.

We don't agree with all the decisions on the list however. For example Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, who bagged four goals for Spain's under-21 side in midweek is omitted, while Jack Rodwell is in. Nothing against Rodwell, but we believe Morata is a footballer with greater potential.

From a Premier League perspective? Who comes out on top? The answer to that is Chelsea, who have no fewer than six players featured. They are followed by Tottenham with three. Manchester United's famous youth system strikes out, with the only player included a £20 million buy in David de Gea.

Chelsea's six is the most of any European club, ahead of Bayern Munich (four), Barcelona (just two), and Real Madrid (three).

Here are the 17 players selected in Europe's top 50 with Premier League connections, in alphabetical order:

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Atletico Madrid)

Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona/Everton)

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

David de Gea (Manchester United)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Lewis Holtby (Tottenham)

Erik Lamela (Tottenham)

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea/Everton)

Matija Nastasic (Manchester City)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Lucas Piazon (Chelsea/Vitesse Arnhem)

Jack Rodwell (Manchester City)

Oscar (Chelsea)

Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)

Luke Shaw (Southampton)

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) 

Completing the list:

David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Rafinha Alcantara (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mattias Destro (Roma), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan), Viktor Fischer (Ajax), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Alen Halilovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mauro Icardi (Sampdoria), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Aleksandr Kokorin (Dinamo Moscow), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Nicola Leali (Juventus), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Lucas Moura (PSG), Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan), Paul Pogba (Juventus), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Danilo da Silva (Porto), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Marco Verratti (PSG).

Who is unlucky to miss out and who should not be in the 50? 

image: © Ben Sutherland

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