The FA Youth Cup was created to provide some extra competition for the young shining lights at football clubs up and down the country. There is a long list of players who’ve proved themselves on this stage and moved up to play for the first team so its importance can’t be played down. Part of the way through the 2017/18 FA Youth cup we’ve decided to put together a list of the top 5 players to look out for. They’ll likely be playing at a much higher standard in the future and you can bet on the Premier League.
Cameron Thompson – Fulham
A clinical finisher in the Under-18’s Premier League, Thompson has netted 9 times in 9 games, giving him a perfect goal to game ratio for Fulham. The 17-year-old centre-forward has his work cut out having not yet made it into the top 10 scorers in the FA Youth Cup.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – Chelsea
An attacking midfielder in every sense, Hudson-Odoi is probably the one to watch in the tournament this year having already got 4 goals in the competition. He’s appeared in the Premier League, EFL Cup, FA Cup proper and starred in the UEFA Youth League already this season on top of netting 6 goals and getting 1 assist in 8 games in the Under-18’s Premier League. Don’t be surprised if you see him starring in the Premier League on a more regular basis very soon.
Oliver Skipp – Tottenham
Skipp has been likened to his Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier, as a defensive midfielder who can also slot in at centre back it’s easy to go along with that comparison although many would say Skipp has so much more in his armoury, skill, guile and a no-nonsense approach to challenges will see Skipp stand out in this year’s FA Youth Cup.
Reo Griffiths – Tottenham
As the second top scorer in the Under-18’s Premier League, with 13 goals in 13 games, Griffiths looks to be one to watch in the FA Youth Cup. With no goals to his name so far in the FA Youth Cup though he might have some way to catch up with the top scorers with 8 goals in the competition.
Xavier Amaechi – Arsenal
Amaechi is the youngest player on this list at just 16 years-old, however, don’t let his lack of experience trick you into thinking he doesn’t deserve to be here. He’s probably one of the fastest, if not the fastest players Arsenal have ever had on their books, and that’s saying something with Theo Walcott, Thierry Henry and Hector Bellerin. The winger with blistering pace will surely catch your eye this year.
Special mention also goes to George Lloyd of (already eliminated) Cheltenham Town who sits atop of the top scorer’s list, having scored all of his 8 goals in one game against AFC Totton. Clinical.