England are blessed with a wealth of young talent all fighting for a space in Gareth Southgate’s side.
Many of them are the creative forces driving the success at some of the top Premier League clubs this season.
Foden has ten goals in all competitions for Man City this season, his highest haul for a season as a professionalGetty Images – Getty
These are the players hoping to fire their teams into the top four, or even the title.
Man City have Phil Foden, Aston Villa have Jack Grealish, Leicester have James Maddison, Chelsea have Mason Mount and Arsenal have Bukayo Saka.
All five have been up there with the most exciting creative players in the Premier League so far this season.
They’ve made telling contributions to their teams and will have their eyes fixed on domestic success as well as a place at Euro 2020 this summer.
Grealish has been at the heart of Aston Villa’s successGetty Images – Getty
QPR striker Charlies Austin told talkSPORT Breakfast on Wednesday he would leave Mount out of the England squad in favour of Grealish, Foden and Maddison.
Here, talkSPORT.com, looks at how their stats in the league this season compare.
Premier League stats in 2020/21 season
Total goal involvements: 16
Pass %: 83.28
Chances created: 75
Total goal involvements: 6
Pass %: 87.21
Chances created: 55
Total goal involvements: 7
Pass %: 80.54
Chances created: 26
Total goal involvements: 11
Pass %: 82.58
Chances created: 40
Total goal involvements: 8
Pass %: 87.74
Chances created: 23
Grealish has played the most minutes of any of the five but has the best stats to go with it.
He has been involved in 16 goals (six goals and ten assists) while he’s also created an astonishing 75 chances for his Villa teammates.
The 25-year-old has received plenty of plaudits this season, and rightly so, for getting his side in contention for the European places.
Former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor even thinks he’s the best player in the Premier League right now.
He told talkSPORT: “From this season, form wise, definitely he’s the best player in the league. For me, I’m a big admirer of Kevin De Bruyne but if you go on form this season, and stats, Jack is the best player.
“Every game now he’s getting assists or goals and even some of the things he’s doing on the pitch, if it was a different player people would be going crazy about it.”
Grealish’s form has seen him linked with Manchester UnitedGetty Images – Getty
Foden’s statistics should not be overlooked – he’s played far fewer minutes for the current league leaders.
Pep Guardiola has rotated his team a lot this season and Foden has been a victim of that.
In most other Premier League sides he would be starting week in week out but in recent games he’s grabbed his chances with sparkling displays.
He’s started just 11 games, with a mere 1025 minutes, but has scored five times and added three assists.
Foden’s passing accuracy is the best of any player while he’s also made more dribbles than Maddison.
“He looks like he’s playing street football with his mates; he looks very composed, very chilled, never fazed by anything, and that’s a great testimony to him and how good he is,” Troy Deeney told talkSPORT Breakfast this week.
Foden is emerging as one of the best Premier League players under the tutelage of Pep GuardiolaAFP
“It’s the way that he glides; I love seeing players like him who when they start getting in their stride, he just glides effortlessly with the ball, it’s beautiful to watch.
“What separates him from the other players is that freedom and extra bit of quality.
“He’s seeing the game, thinking about where he should be and he has that quality, like with the goal, where you just think, ‘wow’.”
Mount has the fewest goal involvements with just six but that’s not for the lack of trying.
He’s created 55 chances, the second most of the five, but his Chelsea teammates have struggled to finish them.
Goals have been a little hard to come by for the Blues with Timo Werner enduring a barren run of 14 games without a Premier League goal.
Mount was a favourite of previous Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and continued under Thomas TuchelAFP
Arsenal’s Saka has scored five times this season but has fewer assists and chances created than the others.
He may not have created the chances but he’s attempted the second most dribbles and it’s clearly paying off with his overall contributions.
Saka has been one of Arsenal’s best players this seasonAFP
Maddison has taken a starring role for Leicester this season, particularly in recent weeks when Jamie Vardy has been injured.
Four of his assists and three of his goals have come in his last eight Premier League appearances.
“I saw James Maddison play against Fulham last week and he was the best person on the pitch by a country mile,” Austin told talkSPORT, noting the tough decision Southgate faces.
“For 45 minutes he ran them ragged with two assists – I thought he was first class.”
Explaining his decision to leaving Mount out, he said: “You realise how important Maddison is for Leicester, how important Grealish is for Aston Villa.
“It’s a tough call, and I think there’s going to be a situation – not with the no.10s – I think you’ve almost got to sacrifice a position of a no.9,” he added, stating Marcus Rashford will be taken as winger and leaving a space for another playmaker given that Harry Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Danny Ings are likely to be the centre forwards.
If Maddison carries on with his current trajectory this season then his statistics will rival those of Grealish. He already has the same number of goals as the Villa man having started five games fewer.
Maddison has shined at Leicester this season, contributing six goals and five assists in the Premier LeagueAFP