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01-06-2008, 06:12 AM
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Right then, here we go.

England-based prospects born 1/1/85 and later

A little note before the list first, my intent with it is/was to rank them considering both ability and potential, which is largely why the list is full of players who have a lot of experience so far. There's a lot of players with great potential who've so far proven nothing beyond youth level and so they're a hell of a lot harder to evaluate. For those players, I'm also working on a top ten players born by year from 89 through to 92 that do not feature in this list, and I hope to have them up sooner rather than later.

There's also a list of players who didn't quite make the cut for this list that I will append later.

Graduates from last year
Arjen Robben, Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano, Nigel Reo-Coker, Emmanuel Adebayor, Darren Bent, Daniel Agger, Ricardo Vaz Te, Stewart Downing, Nico Kranjcar, Darren Fletcher, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Robert Huth, Liam Rosenior, David Bentley

Players who left the EPL
Giuseppe Rossi, Mark Gonzalez, Manuel Fernandes, Arturo Lupoli

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (4th last year), 5/2/85, AM RL, Manchester United - clip
Rating: 9A
After a quite stunning twelve months Ronaldo moves up from last year’s fourth place to be the almost undisputed number one, because he is up there as one of the best players in the world. And he’s 22. Is already on pace this season to better last season; incredibly, and also has a superb scoring record for his country. Is basically unstoppable.

2. Francesc Fabregas (2), 4/5/87, MC, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 9A
Fabregas gets the same rating as Ronaldo because in his own way he’s not very far off being top of this list. He’s an absolutely sublime footballer, easily one of the best midfielders in the world and he’s only just turned 20. He absolutely oozes class and maturity that you simply do not see from players of this age. His goalscoring has taken off this season, he’s the best central midfielder in the Premiership, simple.

3. Wayne Rooney (1), 24/10/85, AM/FC, Manchester United - clip
Rating: 9B
I’m going to be a bit controversial with the B here, could easily be A on another day but I’ve thought for a while that Rooney is pretty close to where he’ll fill out, and that’s not a slight on him. He does a bit of everything, but over the last twelve months has matured a whole lot and added a clinical touch to his goalscoring, whilst maintaining the deftness of touch and vision that set him apart so young. Only drops from top spot because of the brilliance of the two above him.

4. John Obi Mikel (20), 22/4/87, DM/M/AMC, Chelsea - clip
Rating: 8C
Mikel shoots his way into the top five after a debut season in England very few could say they saw coming. He finally arrived after an extremely protracted move but wasn’t meant to get into the team at first, let alone end up displacing Claude Makelele and generally being seen as the second best midfielder at Chelsea after Essien. He’s tall and strong, but most of all incredibly composed and uses the ball fantastically over short and long distances. He makes the team tick, and particularly in the biggest games. He gets a C rating because he does need some work to make sure he reaches his incredible potential, especially his attitude and approach – if he can keep it where he had it for the second half of last season, he’ll cruise there. Naturally.

5. Ryan Babel (NE), 19/12/86, SS, Liverpool – clip
Rating: 9C
Liverpool spent big money on Babel this summer for a player with all the upside in the world. As yet, his impacts at Anfield have come as a sub late in games where the team has already won, but to be fair to him, he’s being used on the left wing, where he’s not nearly as effective as he can be up front. I’ll borrow from the Dutch prospect rankings for more talent analysis. “No current prospect in the world of football, posesses the combined pace and strenght that he does. Add his shot, his technique and versatality and Ryan Babel is a prospect with a legit claim at being the best of his position some day.”

6. Micah Richards (25), 24/6/88, D R/C, Manchester City - clip
Rating: 8A
Richards could be one of the best players in the game if everything was about physical stature. He’s 19 but is an absolute beast of a man, strong as you like, super quick, and doesn’t lose battles. He can play at right or centre back, and is a full international as well as being experienced at club level. He still has some issues in his defensive game to address but has been a pretty good performer in Man City’s defence over the last couple of seasons, which hasn’t been the best. With it now improved, he’s taken on a role at the heart of the team and has been largely brilliant, to widespread acclaim.

7. Anderson (NE), 13/4/88, AM LC, Manchester United - clip
Rating: 9D
Anderson shoots right into the top ten after a big money move from Porto. Came with comparisons to Ronaldinho, but instead has settled in the centre of midfield putting in ridiculously astounding performances for someone so young in a tough place in the Premiership. Absolutely shut down Steven Gerrard, and controls things with strength and skill. May still develop into a winger, but right now he’s brilliant in the middle.

8. Aaron Lennon (7), 16/4/87, AM RL, Tottenham Hotspur - clip
Rating: 8B
Lennon has had some spells throughout last season where he wasn’t playing very well, but at the end of the day he is a dynamic force who can make defenders look ridiculous with his combination of slalom-like dribbling and searing pace, that very few players can match. Ultimately he may top out near where he is currently because of his style but it still means he’ll be terrorising defenders for club and country for some time to come.

9. Nani (NE), 17/11/86, AM RL, Manchester United - clip
Rating: 8C
Like Anderson, Nani gets in here on the back of a big money move to Manchester United. He’s more similar to Ronaldo but for the left side, and that is a scary prospect for opponents. He has great skill, great pace, and has already shown he can put a chance away, particularly from distance. If he follows a similar path to Ronaldo, we have another world star on our hands.

10. Gael Clichy (10), 26/7/85, DL, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8A
Clichy moves up partially because some better players graduated but also because in the first season after Ashley Cole’s departure he moved into the Arsenal defence full time and looked as assured and talented as the man before him. The absolute only question mark over him is his common injury problems, but if they sort themselves out, he’s a French international just waiting to be called up.

11. Abou Diaby (14), 11/5/86, DM/M C, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8C
Diaby is one of my favourite young footballers. He was really unfortunate to have suffered a broken ankle about 15 months ago from a quite shocking tackle but he’s come back and is playing his way into the Arsenal first team, mainly on the left of midfield, but his versatility is one of his best assets. His languid style reminds a lot of people of Vieira but he’s smoother than the Inter man, more skilled, and in general is a sublime two-way talent. He needs 30 games this season to develop further, if he can show greater strength and add 4-5 goals to his game, he can put real questions into Wenger’s mind about the future of Arsenal’s centre midfield.

12. Lassana Diarra (40), 10/3/85, DR/DM/MC, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8C
Time for me to admit I was a little off with Diarra last year. He moves up a ton of places because he really broke into the Chelsea first team last season and looked at home. Admittedly, he broke in at right back but impressing out of position is hard to do and he did it well. Unfortunately for me, he moved to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, with Chelsea citing that Diarra would not sign a new contract and would leave for free next summer. Diarra’s settled well at Arsenal and looks a class act amongst a lot of similar style footballers. He’s played his way into Domenech’s senior French squad, now’s the time to force his way into Arsenal’s team.

13. Theo Walcott (11), 16/3/89, AMR/FC, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8C
Henry’s gone, Walcott is the future. Or so Arsenal hope. There’s no doubt of the influence Henry had over the young winger, it’s very evident in his style, which has changed a bit since he joined Arsenal. He is lightning quick, up there in the top five quickest players in the Premiership, and has a real dynamism with the ball, running along either flank. His delivery is good, his finishing less so – he has three goals so far, and needs to add more, but above all, he needs to get time in the Arsenal team and perhaps take up the mantle Henry has left.

14. Lucas (NE), 9/1/87, MC, Liverpool - clip
Rating: 8C
Lucas comes to Liverpool with a massive reputation and is seen as a player who can be a dominant central midfielder for years to come. He’s won awards in Brazil, he’s captained teams at such a young age, and now moves to Liverpool where he will work with Gerrard, Alonso, and Mascherano. He’s dynamic, has great levels of energy, and a cracking long shot. His aim for this season must be to get a few Premiership starts and make such an impact that Benitez has a problem. He’s entirely capable of doing that.

15. Vedran Corluka (NE), 5/2/86, DR/C, Manchester City – clip
Rating: 8C
Corluka came to Manchester City under Eriksson’s 2007 spending spree. He had attracted some interest from bigger teams but ended up in Manchester and has instantly set his name as one of the better defenders in the country. He’s very tall but elegant at the same time, and despite a lot of his attributes being perfect for centre-back, he’s been playing at right-back, where he’s been exceptional, getting forward and using his size and strength well, occasionally showing a great long shot. But, first and foremost he’s a defender with good tackling and awareness, and an obvious aerial threat. He may grow with City, he may move to a bigger club, because he has the tools to play at the very top.

16. Gareth Bale (NE), 16/7/89, DL, Tottenham Hotspur - clip
Rating: 8C
Bale has come so far so soon, and mainly for his offensive talents. Coming out of the Southampton youth academy, one of the best in the country, he slotted into their senior team at left back and immediately made a name for himself with his incredible free kicks. He moves to Tottenham and quite arguably becomes one of the best free kick takers in the league. He has an incredible knack for scoring them, even doing so on his Wales international debut. From open play he uses that left foot to his advantage too, scoring a few long-range goals. Defensively he needs to mature and become more competent but a move to Spurs makes that a better chance. He’s started out on the left wing at White Hart Lane and reacted with a flurry of goals in a short spell. Who knows, his future could even lie there.

17. Gerard Pique (31), 2/2/87, DC, Manchester United - clip
Rating: 8A
Pique is like former Man Utd team-mate Giuseppe Rossi. In terms of talent and ability, he’s there. He spent last season on loan at Zaragoza and was immense in a side that contested a top four position all season. He matured in that spell into a defender I’d consider ready to play a full role at Man Utd – only Vidic and Ferdinand are ahead of him and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Which must be frustrating for a player who is one of the finest young defenders in Europe. He really has everything needed, and has a new assertive authority which belies his age. If he doesn’t get regular-ish football before the end of this season he’ll probably be off somewhere to get some, because he really is ready.

18. Johan Djourou (21) 18/1/87, D/DM C, Arsenal (on loan at Birmingham) - clip
Rating: 8B
Djourou is a big talent who many people don’t really realise is just that. He’s competent in both central defence and midfield, and his massive frame enables him to compete physically with almost anyone. With the ball, he’s so smooth and assured, he seems to be in a similar mould to Kolo Toure, and being Ivorian himself (although a Swiss international) that’s not a bad place to be in. His loan spell at Birmingham this season will be interesting for him, as he attempts to push his way into a start at Arsenal during January when Toure is off at the African Nations.

19. Denílson (NE), 16/2/88, MC, Arsenal – clip
Rating: 8C
Denílson’s arrival at Arsenal was a little quiet – Arsenal just signed a player with a famous name who wasn’t expected to make too much of an impact at such a young age. But he did, proving he’s an excellent footballer and a great prospect to go with it. He’s strong off both feet in the middle of the park, keeping things ticking over smoothly, and possesses a pretty useful long shot. Can get stronger, and more aware, but is in the perfect environment.

20. Ashley Young (NE), 9/7/85, AML/R/FC, Aston Villa - clip
Rating: 7C
Ashley Young is an interesting entrant to the list at this stage. A year ago he was part of the Watford team that was promoted to the Premiership. Touted as a talent, he was recognised as good without being amazing, but halfway through the season Aston Villa paid some £9.5m to get him. Sure, he suits their 4-3-3 with wingers to a tee, but the fee raised some eyebrows. He has lightning pace, is capable with either foot, and in the last half year or so has really worked on his end product, especially crossing. He’s not the strongest and can disappear from games – I’m not sure he’ll amount to a regular International (despite a call-up already) but he certainly has the ability to a major player for Villa for a long time.

21. Salomon Kalou (8), 5/8/85, AM/F RLC, Chelsea - clip
Rating: 8C
Salomon had a decent first year in England, he took a little time to settle but then grew into his role in the team and scored some really important goals – most of his goals were clutch, which is a promising thing. He’s an international now and playing alongside Drogba will help him loads. He drops a good few places because so far this season he really has flattered to deceive – his touch, his form, his confidence disappears a lot, but he’ll pop up with a goal or an assist. He frustrates the life out of fans but has the talent to turn it back around.

22. Gabriel Agbonlahor (32), 13/10/86, AMR/FC, Aston Villa - clip
Rating: 8C
Agbonlahor’s first full season in the first team put his name very much on the map. His main asset is his pace – he could easily be the quickest player in England and one of the fastest in Europe. He scored loads of goals at reserve levels but is playing as more of a winger in a 4-3-3 at Villa, which tends to happen to a lot of young and fast strikers. Villa’s team and formation is set up for him to do really well again this season.

23. Younes Kaboul (NE), 4/1/86, DC/DMC, Tottenham Hotspur – clip
Rating: 8C
First thing that strikes you about Kaboul is his physical stature. He’s not necessarily the tallest but he’s a strongly built kid. He’s very powerful but also great with the ball at his feet and can often be seen carrying the ball in the transition game. His problem at Tottenham right now is defining a position – is he a defensive midfielder, or is he a central defender, as he’s been playing most of this season. His size gets him through right now but when he matures into a player and in a position he’s comfortable with he’ll be dominant.

24. Scott Sinclair (NE), 26/3/89, AML/FC, Chelsea - clip
Rating: 9D
Sinclair has the potential to be an absolutely explosive player for club and country for years and years to come, and he’s only had two real formative years in a pro system. He signed for Chelsea two summers ago and tore up the u18 league as a 16 year old. Last season he played well at reserve level, then went on loan at Plymouth and scored two stunning goals for them (amongst others) and played an important role in their long FA Cup run. He came back to Chelsea and played against Arsenal and Man Utd then broke his foot, but is back this season with a proper squad number and senior role. He’s as quick as Agbonlahor, meaning he’s one of the quickest about and is still 18, and also like the aforementioned has been moved to the wing (left, but is right footed) to exploit his pace. His running with the ball at speed is scary, he can finish, and is a real team player. He needs more experience but is in the best place to develop into a real real star.

25. Philippe Senderos (18), 14/2/85, DC, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8B
Senderos has had a weird twelve months at Arsenal. He’s no longer a first choice and with Djourou around he wasn’t always guaranteed to be the first choice replacement – Gilberto even ended up at centre back at times. But, he’s still a good defender, especially in the air, and for a young player has a great leadership quality. He may get more action at Arsenal this year, and still has the talent to progress, but from here I’m not sure how far – that’s not necessarily a bad thing though.

26. Tom Huddlestone (22), 28/12/86, MC, Tottenham Hotspur - clip
Rating: 8C
Tom Huddlestone is in a similar situation to last year. As a player he’s entirely ready to play a full season, even at the age of 20, but at Spurs he won’t get that yet. For a kid he’s as strong as any midfielder in the league, and has a great range of passing as well as a cannon shot, but he doesn’t start enough and quite frankly needs to in order to progress more. Ramos wants him to lose weight to become a more effective player, and he’s showing signs of listening.

27. Anton Ferdinand (13), 18/5/85, DC, West Ham United - clip
Rating: 7A
Anton’s inevitably going to be compared to his brother, and in style they’re pretty similar. Rio is a world class defender though, and Anton will probably never get above where he is now, which is just a good Premiership defender with maybe a little room to earn an international call-up. But not regularly.

28. Nicklas Bendtner (24), 16/1/88, FC, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8D
Was torn between a 7 and an 8 rating, but his international goalscoring to date tips it in the 8 favour. Bendtner’s a real hard player to work out because he’s not had a lot of Premiership football, but his attribute set is fantastic. A quick and skilful striker with size and impressive aerial ability. He scores goals, and has already done so for Denmark. Is slowly working his way into the Arsenal reckoning but his future surely lies away from the club, and he really needs to get a regular Premiership place to achieve his potential.

29. Steven Taylor (NE), 23/1/86, D R/C, Newcastle United - clip
Rating: 8A
Taylor is only 21 but he’s a real leader. Newcastle’s defence has often been a great comedy but Taylor’s remained a beacon of consistency, combining his fine all-round technical ability with an assured reading of the game which has kept him in the team for almost 5 years now. After stellar work with the England u21 team, he’s received a first senior call-up this season, and with a new manager and better defenders around him at club level, things are looking bright for him.

30. Armand Traore (NE), 8/10/89, DL, Arsenal - clip
Rating: 8C
Traore’s not had much first-team football at Arsenal but he’s looked pretty good each time he’s played. Quite tall and slight, he’s lightning fast and is another fine left-back off of Arsenal’s line that has seen Cole and Clichy come through (note I didn’t say produced ). His best years are well ahead of him, but he needs to have a season where he breaks through and plays upwards of ten league games before taking that next step. Can also use his offensive talents on the wing.

31. Giles Barnes (NE), 5/8/88, AM R/C, Derby County - clip
Rating: 8C
Barnes was on the books of both Arsenal and Chelsea as a young teenager but moved up North as his Dad relocated a family business. Their loss was to be Derby’s gain, as he progressed into a dynamic attacking midfielder blessed with great pace and an eye for goal. Has been linked with a move to West Ham which will probably happen in January as Derby look to set the record lows for the Premiership. Has the potential to play for England.

32. Charles N'Zogbia (27), 28/5/86, DL/ML/AML, Newcastle United - clip
Rating: 8A
I love ‘Zoggy’. He has a wonderful left foot, so sublime. Newcastle are playing him at left-back this season but with the license to cover the whole side as the rest of the team plays narrow. He can of course play left midfield or centre midfield, but is best using his pace and skill out wide. Probably somewhere near his peak ability right now, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because he’s a stand-out player.

33. Kevin Prince Boateng (NE), 6/3/87, MC/AMC, Tottenham Hotspur
Rating: 7D
Boateng signed for Tottenham for a lot of money and was immediately injured, harming his impact on the English game. But, with time and recovery, and a new manager in Juande Ramos, he’s played his way into a regular role in the Spurs midfield. Powerful kid, he has good skills and when he gets a chance he can take it with either foot. Definitely needs to prove himself further and stay out of any trouble – it’s well known he and his brother Jerome (at Hamburg) are ‘street kids’ and Kevin has at times embraced some of the ideals of the street.

34. James Vaughan (NE), 14/7/88, FC, Everton - clip
Rating: 8C
Vaughan once held the record as youngest Premiership goalscorer, when he was 16 years old. Another striker from the Everton academy, he’s blessed with great pace and energy, a good positional awareness and has a good goalscoring record. However, he’s ALWAYS injured. Suffered some bad ones, if he can clear those up he’ll be an international.

35. Ben Sahar (NE), 10/8/89, FC, Chelsea - clip
Rating: 8C
Ben Sahar has risen to the (nearly) top 20 of this list from almost nowhere. In the space of his first 12 months at Chelsea he played at u18, Reserve, Senior, u21, and full International levels, scoring at four of them. He’s now on loan at QPR for 5 months as he looks to develop into professional football. He’s got everything a striker needs though – strength, height, pace, awareness, skill, and incredibly assured finishing. Those who spoke of him so highly in Israel when he left were right – this kid is very, very special.

36. James Milner (46), 4/1/86, AMR/L, Newcastle United - clip
Rating: 7B
Milner has matured into an effective winger who plays beyond his years. Which you’d expect of someone who’s been playing Premiership football for 5 years by the age of 21. He’s got a great shot from 20 yards, and is getting better at working from wide positions and supplying good quality crosses. Will be looking to make the step from u21 to full international in the near future.

37. Jonathan Evans (48), 3/1/88, DC, Manchester United (on loan at Sunderland) - clip
Rating: 8C
Jonny Evans has really come through in the last 18 months, thanks in no small part to a fine role in an ever improving Northern Ireland team. He was an exceptional part of Sunderland’s promotion season and is back at Old Trafford where he faces the task of working his way into the reckoning either at his natural centre-back position, or the occasional left-back place. Some Man Utd fans rate him as a better prospect than Piqué, and he’s shown he has that class. Quite tall and classy, he’s got everything to develop into a star. Unfortunately for Jonny, stories in late 2007 linked him with allegedly ****** a 26 year old woman at a Manchester United party – stories which are anything but conclusive, but will nonetheless affect his immediate future.

38. Mohammad Sissoko (35), 22/1/85, DMC, Liverpool - clip
Rating: 7B
With players like Sissoko, their physical attributes will lend themselves to people saying that he’s got an untapped potential. He doesn’t, because unfortunately his footballing ability lets his physical game down. He’s a good Premiership midfielder but probably not Liverpool class. Can be very good in a destruction role but comes up short when trying to do more than that.

39. Nedum Onuoha (NE), 12/11/86, D R/C, Manchester City
Rating: 8C
Nedum is currently an England u21 international who has attracted interest from Nigeria, where he was born. And not without good reason. He’s grown into a beast of a man, just a shade down from his team-mate Micah Richards, who is comfortable in the same right or centre-back positions. He’s just not got as much experience yet, and won’t be as great of a player, but his physical nature and his comfort on the ball will ensure he has a top level career. Surname is pronounced ON-OO-OH-HAH.

40. Scott Carson (NE), 3/9/85, GK, Liverpool
Rating: 7C
Scott Carson was produced by the same Leeds United academy that previously rolled out Paul Robinson. He moved to Liverpool, then spent some time on loan impressively at Charlton before Aston Villa took him for this season. Such has been his impressive form he earned an England debut, but a massive mistake for a Croatia goal has seen some people knock him. Short story is, he’s a good goalkeeper who probably won’t be great, he has nothing that makes him stand out but is a good goalkeeper for a top half team with European aspirations. Which is Villa, and they’re preparing a bid to sign him permanently.

41. Michael Johnson (NE), 24/2/88, MC, Manchester City - clip
Rating: 8C
Man City had a terrible 06/07 season but a massive bright moment was the blooding of Michael Johnson into the first team. He’s held his own and now under Sven’s revolution is a key component in the team. He’s still so very young but has a brilliantly mature head and is a composed and super-smooth central midfielder who is adding goals to his game.

42. Gary Cahill (NE), 19/12/85, DC, Aston Villa - clip
Rating: 7B
I might be being harsh with a B rating for Cahill. He’s tall and strong, which are obviously great attributes for a defender, and doesn’t do much wrong, but he seems to be another one who is good without anything exceptional. May get a breakthrough elsewhere with Villa’s centre-back queue rather long.

43. Matt Derbyshire (NE), 14/4/86, FC, Blackburn Rovers - clip
Rating: 7A
Very good finisher, has a lot of goals for his minutes on the pitch, as he doesn’t often start for Blackburn. Since he knows where the net is instinctively, he’ll always have an appeal for teams if he can’t regularly start at Blackburn. I figure that where he is right now – a regular scorer with a bit of pace – is where he’ll always be, with natural progression/maturity as he gets more experience.

44. David Nugent (NE), 2/5/85, FC, Portsmouth - clip
Rating: 7A
Dave Nugent’s name was touted around teams for a long time before he finally left Preston. He scored a ton of goals in The Championship but his team never made the next step that he needed to. Long linked with Everton, he finally moved to Portsmouth for £6m this summer after snubbing Sunderland’s interest. And to be honest, that’s about his level – the second tier of teams. He’s not good enough to get into the elite and likely won’t be but he’s mobile yet strong and robust, and knows where the goal is. He’s powerful yet deft, and he’s intelligent. He scored on his England debut whilst still a Preston player (against Andorra) and despite a poor start at Portsmouth and rumours of a move away, he generally still has what it takes to make it at Premiership level.

45. Victor Anichebe (NE), 23/4/88, FC, Everton - clip
Rating: 7C
Anichebe, Vaughan’s team-mate for a few years as they’re the same age group, comes in just behind Vaughan but doesn’t have his upside. He’s a big, strong, mountain of a lad who excels at holding the ball up and using his size to create problems for defenders. Not tbe best scoring record, but might end up like Emile Heskey – his size is his major threat.

46. Craig Gardner (NE), 25/11/86, MC, Aston Villa - clip
Rating: 7C
Gardner was released as a teenager by Birmingham, which was only to their rivals’ gain. Gardner’s predominantly a central midfielder who has turned in some time at right back. He goes about his work quietly and effectively, works as hard as anyone but ultimately is a bit limited as a player and won’t make a huge impact at any top level.

47. Danny Simpson (NE), 4/1/87, DR, Manchester United –
Rating: 7C
Simpson’s just broken into the full Man Utd squad after an impressive loan at Sunderland last season. Good right-back, with a strong engine and holds his own at both ends of the field. Could be considered the long term replacement for oft-injured Gary Neville, with that happening sooner rather than later.

48. Mark Noble (NE), 8/5/87, MC, West Ham United - clip
Rating: 7A
Noble, because he plays for West Ham, is generally over-rated in England. The club prides itself on producing young English footballers, and Noble’s made his way into the West Ham team, being a key part of keeping them up. Good player, but I don’t see anything elite in his game. Tidy, puts in a good shift, can get forward and get 3-4 goals a season but another who probably shouldn’t get into the international reckoning unless his career really swings upwards.

49. Luke Moore (34), 13/2/86, FC, Aston Villa - clip
Rating: 6A
The time has come to class Luke Moore as a disappointment, an average to useful player who won’t get further than he is right now. Even Aston Villa fans are of that viewpoint. He hasn’t scored enough goals to be considered a regular or a dangerous threat, doesn’t have the pace other strikers at Villa have, and has a lot of injury problems which still affect him. He can be a decent bench contributor for 6-8 goals a season really.

50. Collins John (15), 17/10/85, AMR/FC, Fulham (on loan at Leicester) - clip
Rating: 8E
A HUGE drop for John because he’s been playing reserve football and then dropped to the second tier on a loan spell with Leicester. Which I don’t get as he’s scored some pretty impressive Premiership goals and generally has the talent to be quite good. I know Fulham’s recently sacked manager was a bit of a moron but there’s also something in it from John’s side, where he maybe doesn’t show the work ethic or the desire to make his way into the first team. Definitely needs a change of scenery, or at least have the opportunity to impress new boss Roy Hodgson.

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