The top 10 brightest Football League talents

Players from Birmingham City, Middlesbrough, Derby County, Portsmouth, and Charlton Athletic feature on this list.

Four Four Two have compiled a list of what they believe to be the ten greatest starts of tomorrow in the Football League. The players on this list may be relatively unknown to most with the oldest players being 19-years-old. Some have already been linked with moves to the Premier League however.

In no particular order here are the ten brightest prospects in the Football League according to Four Four Two.

Max Clayton - Crewe Alexandra

The 19-year-old striker is hoping to follow in the path of many previously successful Crewe Alexandra alumni, with the most recent graduate being Nick Powell who is having a wonderful season at Wigan Athletic. Has been capped at Under-19 level for England and has already made 92 appearances for Crewe.

Dele Alli - Milton Keynes Dons

The 17-year-old's performances in League One have already seen him linked with Liverpool  this season and the tall midfielder is expressing huge confidence for a player of his age. He has been a key component of Karl Robinson's side as they push for a top-six finish. His manager has already stated he is one of the best ever English youngsters.

Jed Wallace - Portsmouth

A shining star in what has been a calamitous few seasons for Pompey. The midfielder has been a huge player for them and the club's position will have made him stronger. It hasn't been easy as a Portsmouth player in recent years, but haven't gone through the relegations and owner issues Wallace hasn't let it affect him . Signed from non-league side Lewes in 2011 he was the subject of a £200,000 bid from Peterborough in January.

Mason Bennett - Derby County

Another 17-year-old on this list, Bennett has found chances hard to come by since the arrival of Steve McClaren at the club. However he did impress when given a chance against Chelsea in the FA Cup this season, giving Ashley Cole a tough game. Only scored two goals in his 29 appearances for The Rams but his displays have impressed the fans. He has four goals in four games for England U-19's.

Demarai Gray - Birmingham City

Gray is a pacey winger with an abundance of talent and Lee Clark has high hopes for him. Has made a few appearances for The Blues this season and signed his first professional contract in December. Has been with the club since he was seven and used to play for Cadbury Athletic as did a certain Daniel Sturridge.

Reece Brown - Birmingham City

Another prospect at St Andrews is Reece Brown not to be confused with his namesake at Watford who is the younger brother of Wes Brown. The Birmingham variety made his first start for the club this season in a match against Yeovil Town and went on to pick up the man-of-the-match award. The midfielder has apparently already caught the eye of Patrick Vieria who is keen to bring him to Manchester City.

Diego Poyet - Charlton Athletic

Son of Gus, Diego has been starring of late in the centre of the park for The Addicks. He joined Charlton's academy at the age of 10, and has established himself as a first-team regular first under Chris Powell and now Jose Riga. He has of course been linked with a move to Sunderland but Gus Poyet would rather him continue getting regular first-team football at The Valley.

Bryn Morris - Middlesbrough

The Hartlepool-born 17-year-old has found chances limited at Boro but has been developing nicely through the national team set-up. He has captained the England Under-16, 17 and 18 sides, and is capable of playing in both defence and midfield. Has featured on the bench recently and will be hoping to make the step into the first-team soon enough.

Brad Walker- Hartlepool United

Further talent in the North-East comes in the form of Brad Walker at Hartlepool. The 17-year-old midfielder has made 22 appearances for the League Two side this season and has been praised by his boss Colin Cooper. Walker won the League Two Apprentice of the Year award in March following in the footsteps of Matt Phillips and Nick Powell. Another tall imposing midfielder like Dele Alli, Walker has attracted the attention of Celtic, Stoke City and Norwich City.

Ben Purrington - Plymouth Argyle

The 17-year-old defender was recently nominated for the League Two Young Apprentice of the Year award before losing out to Walker. Given his debut on Boxing Day by John Sheridan, he hasn't looked back and has featured regularly for The Pilgrims. The left-back has reportedly been attracting scouts from the top flight, and is the nephew of former England Rugby World Cup winner Richard Hill.

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