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Today’s video is a look at some of the youngest scorers in the top flight of English football since it was rebranded as the Premier League in 1992. The likes of Gareth Bale, Joe Cole and Marcus Rashford have all been fresh-faced teenage goal scorers in the Premier League, but none rank among the seven youngest since 1992.
Here are the 7 youngest Premier League goal scorers: Where are they now?
7. Michael Ball - Retired
17 Oct 1998: Michael Ball of Everton is challenged by Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the FA Carling Premiership match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. The game ended 0-0. \...
Just seeing off Manchester United legend Federico Macheda to come in as the seventh youngest goal scorer of the Premier League era, Michael Ball is the only player in this seven who no longer has any involvement with football, as far as we know at least. Ball broke through at Everton and scored his first goal for the club against Leicester aged 17 and a half, and 15 years later, it was at Leicester City that he was forced to retire through injury.
The once-capped England international played for Manchester City in their last game before being taken over by Sheikh Mansour, but having retired in 2012, he is now a well-known West End actor and singer… He isn’t really, that’s a different Michael Ball that I suspect most of you have never heard of. The footballing Ball is 39 now, but doesn’t appear to have any involvement in the professional game anymore at least.
6. Andy Turner - Alsager Town Manager
From the first tier of English football to the tenth, former journeyman wide man Andy Turner scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham Hotspur aged 17 in 1992, but is currently in his second stint managing lowly Alsager Town in the North West Counties League Division One South. Turner made 18 league appearances in his debut season at White Hart Lane as a 17-year-old, but was frozen out by Ossie Ardiles, subsequently turning out for the likes of Portsmouth, Rotherham United and Yeovil.
5. Michael Owen - Pundit
Arguably English football’s finest young player of the Premier League era, Michael Owen was an absolute sensation when he broke through at Liverpool. Unbelievably quick, confident and assured in front of goal, Owen won two Premier League Golden Boots, one Premier League Player of the Year award and scored one of England’s best ever World Cup goals as a teenager. His first Premier League goal came in a 2-1 defeat to Wimbledon in the 1996-97 season, and he went on to score 158 goals for Liverpool before injuries began to take their toll. Aged 39, Owen retired in 2012, and now works as both a pundit covering football and as a racehorse breeder.
4. Cesc Fabregas - Monaco
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on September 20, 2016 in...
Cesc Fabregas was exactly one month younger than Michael Owen was when he scored his first Premier League goal, aged 17 and 114 days, having broken into the Arsenal first team at 16. Fabregas was one of the most talented and assured teenage footballers of all time, and also one of the most experienced by the time he turned 20. The youngster racked up more than 150 appearances for Arsenal before turning 20, but eventually left the Gunners in 2011 to sign for Barcelona. Three years later he returned to the Premier League but this time with Chelsea, and the 31-year-old only left the Blues in the January just gone in a move to Monaco in Ligue 1.
3. Wayne Rooney - DC United
Into the top three and that means the first of our three players who were aged just 16 when they scored their first Premier League goals. Rooney’s first league goal for Everton was a pretty special one, a last-minute winner from range against Arsenal. “Remember the name, Wayne Rooney” were the words from Clive Tyldsley as the ball rattled against the underside of the crossbar and into the back of David Seaman’s net.
Rooney went on to become Manchester United and England’s all time leading goal scorer, so it’s probably fair to say we will remember the name. Now aged 33, Rooney left England last year in a move to the MLS, and he has been outstanding since signing for DC United.
2. James Milner - Liverpool
James Milner of Liverpool celebrates after his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev,...
Wayne Rooney’s record of being the Premier League’s youngest goal scorer stood for just two months thanks to this man. James Milner broke through when he was very young at Leeds United, and his first goal came in December 2002 against Sunderland. Milner subsequently left Leeds following the club’s relegation, having impressive stints at Newcastle, Aston Villa and Man City, winning two Premier League titles with the last of those three. The 33-year-old is now chasing a third Premier League title, this time with Manchester City as his fiercest rivals at Liverpool.
1. James Vaughan - Portsmouth
Given the number of teams to have competed in the Premier League since 1992, it’s pretty extraordinary that Everton should have three players feature in the top seven youngest goal scorers, including James Vaughan in top spot. Vaughan hasn’t quite gone on to achieve the fame, glory and acclaim of Rooney, but his record as the league’s youngest scorer has stood for 14 years now.
Following his incredible goal scoring feat, Vaughan suffered a number of injury complications. He did amass 60 first team appearances for Everton, but they were spread over 7 years, and he only added 8 more goals. Following stints with Huddersfield, Sunderland and Bury, Vaughan is currently on-loan from Wigan Athletic at Portsmouth, where he’s yet to score from 7 outings.
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