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Ethan Nwaneri becomes youngest Premier League player at 15 but what happened to the other starlets?

Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri wrote history books on Sunday by breaking the record for the youngest Premier League player aged 15 years and 181 days.

The England Under-17 international managed a minute of action on his landmark debut and although he barely touched the ball, it’s a day he will never forget.

A name that not even the most avid Gunners fans will be familiar with, Nwaneri entered the field in a 3-0 away win over Brentford.

But does a debut at a young age inevitably lead to a glittering career at the top of English football? What happened to the other teenage sensations? Where are you now?

Here, Sportsmail takes you through the ten youngest players to ever play in the Premier League and whether they ever managed to fulfill the potential that brought them to the field at such a young age.

And England Under-21 international Jack Robinson was the last player ever to be featured under Rafa Benitez, coming on for Ryan Babel in the 0-0 draw against Hull on the final day of the 2009/10 season.

This made Robinson the youngest player to ever play for the Reds in their long and illustrious history, but the defender never made it into the first-team, making just 11 appearances in four years at Anfield.

After loans to Wolves and Blackpool, the defender fell in the Championship with QPR, Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest before returning to the top flight with Sheffield United to help them finish ninth in 2019-20 and play six games.

Reece Oxford is an anomaly on this list as he made his debut from the start rather than getting a few seconds off the bench and did so in style as Slaven Bilic’s West Ham defeated Arsenal in a 2-0 win Emirates defeated 2015-16.

The versatile defender made his debut as a defensive midfielder and played a total of eight games for the Hammers before joining so many young English stars in the Bundesliga and currently playing for Augsburg.

His time at Bayern was punctuated by injuries but since the start of the 2021/22 season he has become a fixture at centre-back, managing a total of 77 games and scoring three goals for the German team.

Surprisingly, numbers 8 and 7 on this list first appeared at the same age when Gary McSheffrey made his bow in Coventry City’s 4-1 win over local rivals Aston Villa in February 1999, 2944 days before Nwaneri was born.

McSheffrey’s debut may have been fleeting, coming in the 90th minute, but he made an impressive 280 appearances for City, scoring 73 goals and assisting 21 more in 10 years over two periods.

The journeyman played for 11 different clubs at all four professional levels of English football over the course of his career, as well as Eastleigh in the National League and Rossington and Frickley in the ninth and tenth tier of domestic play before retiring at the age of 21. year player career.

McShefferey was almost 33 when Rushian Hepburn-Murphy first took the field for Aston Villa in March 2015, in a rare 4-0 win over Sunderland in a season that saw Villa score just 38 points to avoid relegation narrowly to prevent.

The young striker came on as a substitute for Christian Benteke in the game and remained at Villa Park until 2020 before moving to the Cypriot league and playing for Paphos FC.

Five goals and 23 games later, Hepburn-Murphy returned to English football where he signed for Swindon Town in September 2022, although he does not yet play for the Robins.

Jose Baxter is just squeezing his way into sixth on the list after coming on as a substitute on the opening day of the 2008/09 season as Everton lost 3-2 to Blackburn Rovers and made his first start the following week.

However, the attacking midfielder’s career suffered a series of setbacks and after leaving Everton as a free agent in 2012, he spent time at Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United before receiving a 12-month drug ban before returning to the Toffees.

A return to Oldham was followed by a bizarre move to Memphis 901 FC from the USL championship in America’s second division. Baxter hung up his boots in 2021 after eight months without a club aged just 29 and admitted he hadn’t fulfilled his potential.

In stark contrast to Baxter, Aaron Lennon is a Premier League player who has spent 16 seasons of his 18-year career in the top flight, having made his debut for Leeds against Tottenham in 2003.

Despite starting at Leeds, Lennon made his name for Spurs, with the winger making 364 appearances for the north London club and winning the 2008 League Cup.

Lennon is now a free agent having left Burnley at the end of last season and if Nwaneri can handle half the games the former Spurs man has accumulated in the Premier League he will surely retire happily.

Izzy Brown may have only played twice in the Premier League but he knew how to impress, having received a yellow card on his debut when he scored in the 86th minute of West Brom’s 3-2 defeat in 2012 came on as a substitute against Wigan on the last matchday -13.

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