Dominic Thill became the first football player born this millennium to appear in any of Europe’s top five leagues on Wednesday, playing for Metz in Ligue 1, and it got us thinking: where is the Premier League’s first 21st-century boy going to appear from?
Well don’t panic, but it’s not immediately obvious. Though we do have a couple of ideas…
Having come through the West Brom academy, Wilson has featured on the bench against Crystal Palace, Everton and Middlesbrough, but has yet to be unleashed from his bib.
The Fulham youngster has already scored twice this season for the Cottagers in the Championship, and in doing so became the first professional footballer born this century to score in a first-team game. He’s played at under-16 and under-17 level for England, but the Premier League remains elusive.
Manchester City’s Ian Carlo Poveda is one who, in between watching The Simpsons and reading comics (we assume), has been scoring goals at under-18 level, netting once against Everton and twice in a 7-0 win against Liverpool.
Another is Angel Gomes, who takes time out from being ridiculously young to score goals for Manchester United’s under-18s. Both were born in 2000, and both look like having big futures.
But an error had been made. Styles had not been properly registered, and as a result after the season had finished Bury were strangely docked three points from their 2015/16 total.
So who could it be? Your guess is as good as ours.