The Premier League has been a place for some of the most exciting young talents in the football world.
With Manchester United raving about Mason Greenwood and his scoring exploits, we take a look at players aged 18 and below who have had the most goals before their 19th birthdays.
- Mason Greenwood – 8 goals and counting
When United was crying for a player who could cut from the wing and score goals, Greenwood stepped up. He has been one brilliant prospect for United on his full season with the first team and his eight goals so far this season with the tally only matched by just three players.
- Michael Owen – 9 goals (1998/99)
One of the English best prospects, Michael Owen burst onto the scene as starred for England in the 1998 World Cup when he was just 18.
In that 1998/99 season, he claimed the Premier League’s Golden Boot, scoring 18 league goals (23 goals in all competitions) for Liverpool; half of which came before his 19th birthday.
- Wayne Rooney – 9 goals (2003/04)
When the history of the Premier League is written, it must have a Wayne Rooney chapter. Announcing his arrival in the big staged aged 16 for his boyhood club Everton, he was to score his first goal against Arsenal in October 2002 and boy it was a stunner.
He became a key figure for Everton during the 2003/04 season where he scored nine goals in what was his finals season at Everton before making a move to Manchester United.
- Robbie Fowler – 10 goals (1993/94)
The second player from Liverpool in the list. After teasing his teammates in the club’s youth academy he was to be handed his senior team debut in a League Cup against Fulham that season before making headlines with a five-goal haul against the same opposition in the return leg.
He was to graduate fully into the first team in 1993 where he bagged ten goals in that campaign. Of the 12, 10 were for the league.
- Michael Owen – 18 goals (1997/98)
Owen, for the second time, makes the list after he became the first teenager in history to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot, the forward hitting 18 league goals to finish as the division’s leading scorer alongside Blackburn’s Chris Sutton and Aston Villa target man Dion Dublin.
He finished the season with 23 goals in all competitions to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season.