- Harvey Elliott, who was 16, is the youngest to play in a Premier League match.
- Liverpool’s Bobby Clark is the youngest to appear in 2022-23.
No matter where these five players end up, they deserve rapturous applause for earning an appearance in the Premier League during their teenage years.
When you bet on Premier League action, take an in-depth look at the probable starting lineups of both teams.
That way, you’ll see whether a team intends to start a teenage prodigy or one of the Premier League’s oldest players.
Who’s the Youngest Player in the Premier League in 2022?
Ethan Nwaneri, who is just 15 years old and five months, was introduced to Arsenal’s senior team proceedings against Brentford on Sept. 18, 2022. With the result in the bag, Mikel Arteta brought the youngster on with a minute to play, ensuring he’d be the youngest to play in a Premier League encounter.
Beforehand, Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott was the youngest to play in a Premier League match. He was just 16 years old and 30 days when he made his Fulham debut in May 2019 against Wolves.
Below are the six youngest players to make at least one appearance in the 2022-23 campaign.
Youngest Premier League Players 2022
6. Romeo Lavia – Southampton
Age: 18 years, 7 months
Romeo Lavia, 18, made his Southampton debut against Tottenham on Aug. 6, 2022. Lavia, who started in central midfield in the 4-1 loss, is from Belgium and joined the Saints after spending time with Manchester City’s Under-18 team.
He played 90 minutes in each of Southampton’s first four games of the season before injuring his hamstring against Chelsea.
5. Alejandro Garnacho – Manchester United
Age: 18 years, 1 month
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag introduced teenage phenom to the Old Trafford faithful in the 90th minute against Brighton on Aug. 7, 2022.
Those few minutes are the only pitch time the 18-year-old has seen in the top flight.
So while Alejandro Garnacho’s debut was over quicker than how long it takes to microwave a Pizza Pocket, he will be elated about running out onto one of the most acclaimed pitches for a Premier League encounter.
4. Stefan Bajcetic – Liverpool
Age: 17 years, 10 months
Jurgen Klopp made the most of his opportunity to throw 17-year-old Stefan Bajcetic into the Premier League mix. The teenage center-back was introduced in the 69th minute of Liverpool’s preposterous 9-0 victory over visiting Bournemouth.
Suffice it to say, Bajcetic’s introduction into the top flight was stress-free. Bajcetic, though unused, was on the bench for each of Liverpool’s five other encounters.
3. Rico Lewis – Manchester City
Age: 17 years, 8 months
Rico Lewis made his first senior Manchester City appearance in the second game of the season, entering proceedings in the 82nd minute against Bournemouth on Aug. 13, 2022. Bournemouth is the team top sides can afford to experiment against.
Lewis, an English right back, also enjoyed a 15-minute stint in Manchester City’s 6-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.
2. Bobby Clark – Liverpool
Age: 17 years, 6 months
Klopp killed two birds with one stone during Liverpool’s historic 9-0 win over Bournemouth, not only introducing Bajcetic to the Reds’ faithful but also bringing on 17-year-old Bobby Clark for a seven-minute cameo.
Clark hails from Newcastle and plays as a central midfielder. Clark’s from Newcastle, where he spent time with the youth setup. Clark signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in February 2022.
1. Ethan Nwaneri – Arsenal
Nwaneri broke a record that had been in place for three years when he was introduced against Brentford on Sept. 18, 2022. Astoundingly, he’s only 15 years old and still in high school. Nwaneri’s world changed when he trotted on to the pitch at the Brentford Community Stadium. While he only got a minute of action plus stoppage time, Nwaneri is the youngest to play in a top flight match, and nobody can take that away from him.
Just imagine what his friends and admirers are saying to him on the school field at lunchtime. That’s if he still mingles with the common folk!
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