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 plenty of reason for optimism, and the conveyor belt of young, English talent shows no sign of letting up.
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 scorer in that campaign, is up there with the brightest talents of them all.
“The closer he gets to goal, the more dangerous he is. Right foot, left foot, he is a nightmare for defenders,” says 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.”