The English Premier League is undergoing a sudden revolution of young players taking the game by storm.
Just a few seasons ago, the Premier League was dominated by high-priced veteran talent, as teams tried to buy their way to the top. With hard economic times falling onto many Premier League teams, many clubs are using their resources to develop their young players instead of buying proven ones.
This new philosophy has led to a sudden influx of tremendous young talent in the Premier League.
Some clubs with foreign owners such as Chelsea and Manchester City are still trying to buy their way to the top. However, for many others, the emphasis has shifted to either mixing in young players with their older ones or by pinning all of their hopes on their young players all together.
Over the last several seasons, the bigger clubs have used the Carling Cup as a way to give their young players first team experience and exposure. The strategy has worked brilliantly for Manchester United, who have won the Carling Cup four times since 2006. But it has also given teams the ability to showcase their young players and be able to send them out on loan where they could get even more playing time.
With so many teams turning their focus towards developing younger players, there is a tremendous amount of players 21 and under who are contributing to Premier League clubs right now, instead of having the club waiting for the future to use them.
Here are the top 10 players 21 and under in the Premier League right now, as well as a few who are poised to make an impact sooner, rather then later.