The future of English football appears bright. Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, Phil Foden and many more provide cause for optimism, and the development of young, English talent shows no sign of slowing. Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, the youngest Englishman to make more than one appearance in any of Europe’s top five leagues in 2019/20 and the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer during that season, is among the brightest of all.
“The closer he gets to goal, the more dangerous he is. Right foot; left foot; he is a nightmare for defenders,” said his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “He needs to develop his heading. Then he can be a proper striker. I’ve seen a few good ones – I played with Wayne Rooney – but for natural finishing, Mason’s one of the best I’ve seen. He is so precise.”