Ethan Nwaneri joined a star-studded line-up to become the Premier League’s youngest ever player when he came on in Arsenal’s win over Brentford.
Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player to play in the Premier League after Mikel Arteta replaced him in Arsenal’s comfortable win over Brentford on Sunday.
The 15-year-old is yet to get her GCSEs, but Arteta feels she is ready to play at the top level. His introduction means he broke the record for the youngest Premier League player by six months.
However, he may be hoping his career takes a different path than the youngest 11 players. Here’s a look at where the Mirror Footballers have finished with the players listed and the players making history.
1. Ethan Nwaneri – 15 years, 5 months and 28 days
The youngest player in the Premier League made his debut against Brentford last weekend. Gunners boss Arteta is clearly impressed with the prodigy and hopes he gets more opportunities this season.
“It’s another step, another experience. In your career, not every step is forward. After that, he may have to take three steps back to take another step forward, but I think it sends a very strong message about who we are as a club.” the Arsenal manager said of his record.
2. Harvey Elliott – 16 years, 1 month
Nwaneri broke the record held by Harvey Elliott, who made his Fulham debut at the age of 16 in 2019. Two months after that game, the Englishman joined Liverpool and was later forced to pay the Cottagers a record-breaking fee. .
After a successful loan spell at Blackburn Rovers, Elliott broke into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad, but his campaign was marred by a spate of injuries in just three games. He is back at his best this season and is one of Klopp’s starting midfielders who recently signed a new long-term contract.
3. Matthew Briggs – 16 years, 2 months, 7 days
Before Elliott, former Fulham man Matthew Briggs held the record against Middlesbrough, a month older than the current Liverpool star. Briggs later expressed his shock at being called up to the first team, with the left-back taking his GCSEs the following day.
“Lauri Sanchez said he wanted me to travel with the team. I was buzzing. When I came back to school the next day, everyone was like, ‘Oh my God’, it’s like playing in the Premier League,” he said.
Unfortunately, Briggs’ career took a nosedive after them, with a number of loan spells at EFL sides before being relegated. He currently plays for Gosport Boro in the Southern League Premier Division South but still appears on the international stage for Guyana.
4. Izzy Brown – 16 years, 3 months, 27 days
Izzy Brown was an unused substitute on two occasions before making his West Brom debut in May 2013. A few months later, Chelsea used the Elite Player Performance Plan to sign the striker, paying the Baggies a nominal fee.
After one Premier League appearance for the Blues, he was sent out on several loan spells to Championship clubs. Their highlight was securing promotion to Huddersfield in the 2017 Championship play-off final.
After his spell at the Terriers, he went on to have a number of impressive spells at Brighton, Leeds United, Luton and Sheffield Wednesday. He left Chelsea last summer for Preston North End, but has been released this year without playing as he tore his ACL and the striker remains a free agent.
5. Aaron Lennon – 16 years, 4 months, 7 days
One of the most famous players on this list is Aaron Lennon, who made his debut for Leeds in 2003 at the age of 16. The Whites were sold to Tottenham two years later due to financial problems and became one of their best players. the best wingers in the major leagues.
After 10 years at Spurs, he joined Everton and overshadowed Burnley’s two successes with a year at Turkish side Kayserispor. Lennon is still without a club, but has made 21 appearances for England, including three World Cups.
6. Jose Baxter – 16 years, 6 months, 9 days
Jose Baxter became Everton’s youngest player in the 2008 defeat to Blackburn. However, he struggled to continue his career at Goodison Park and joined Oldham Athletic in 2013.
He then had a successful spell at Sheffield United before returning to Oldham. A brief stint at Plymouth Argyle was his last in England before joining American second-tier side Memphis 901 in February 2020 and retiring 18 months later at the age of 29.
7. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy – 16 years, 6 months, 14 days
Since becoming Aston Villa’s youngest ever Premier League player in 2015, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has failed to make the same splash as many of these players. He spent time in just two top-flight games for Villa. Cambridge United and Tranmere Rovers.
Hepburn-Murphy was sent out on loan to Derby County in the January 2020 transfer window but failed to feature for the Rams. After being released by Villa that year, he spent two years in Cyprus with Paphos before returning to England this summer to join Swindon Town.
8. Rhys Oxford – 16 years, 7 months, 24 days
A lot was expected of Rhys Oxford when he played in West Ham’s 2015 win over Arsenal. By then, he had already become the youngest player in Hammers history to sign a lucrative contract.
But he failed to pay the fee and was sent on unsuccessful loans to Reading and Borussia Mönchengladbach. The centre-back was sold to Augsburg in 2019 and impressed in the Bundesliga last season.
9. Jack Robinson – 16 years, 8 months, 7 days
Liverpool’s Jack Robinson has arguably had the most successful debut of any of the players on this list, and his performance against Arsenal earned him a spot in BBC Sport’s Team of the Week. He would go on to make two more top-flight appearances for the Reds, but would also play in the Championship on loan at Wolves and Blackpool.
Robinson was sold to QPR in 2014 before moving to Nottingham Forest four years later. The defender has since established himself at Sheffield United, where he has played in the Premier League and Championship.
10. Jack Wilshere – 16 years, 8 months, 12 days
Along with Lennon, the most famous player on the list is Jack Wilshere, who became the Gunners’ youngest league debut in 2008 when they hammered Blackburn 4-0. A lot was expected of Wilshere, especially after his impressive performance against Barcelona. In the Champions League.
Unfortunately for Wilshere, despite a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, injuries have plagued him. These issues ultimately led to him leaving the club for West Ham in 2018, but he struggled to make an impact at the Hammers.
Wilshere then spent six months at Bournemouth in 2021, but then struggled to find a club, his last club being Danish club Aarhus. The midfielder retired in the summer to take up a coaching position at Arsenal’s academy and has played 34 times for England.
11. Angel Gomes – 16 years, 8 months, 20 days
Angel Gomes became the first player born in the 2000s to play for Manchester United when he came on in the 2017 win over Crystal Palace. But since then, he has made only 10 appearances for the Red Devils.
United were unable to tie him down to a new deal, so he was released in 2020 and signed a five-year deal with Lille. After a season-long loan at Boavista, he returned to France and became a regular at his parents’ club.