The Premier League XI You Hadn’t Heard Of Before This Season

This Premier League season seems to have thrown up more unknown youngsters than an Adam Johnson trial. Take that, and throw in a few late bloomers, and you’ve got an 11-a-side team of players you didn’t even know existed back in August.

Jordan Pickford

The Sunderland ‘keeper put in a superb display against Tottenham in January, and despite the Black Cats being thrashed 4-1, Pickford was still named Man of the Match.

Brendan Galloway

Source: The Sun
Source: The Sun


Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

What. A. Name.

Unearthed by LvG thanks to the Red Devils’ work experience scheme, CBJ looks to be a tidy player.

Source: Heavy
Source: Heavy


Tosin Adarabioyo

When Manuel Pellegrini went ‘fuck the FA Cup’, Adarabioyo was given the chance to impress; he didn’t in a 5-1 exit to Chelsea.

The centre-back will have a Wikipedia page that reads: ‘After playing in the Citizens’ exit in the FA Cup, Tosin was released by the club at the end of the season and now runs a quaint little cafe just up the coast from Devon.’

Guillermo Varela

Manchester United might have uncovered their long-term Gary Neville replacement.

Dimitri Payet

Settle down, hipsters; there isn’t a chance you knew of Payet prior to this season – or at the very least, you had no idea how bloody good the Hammers midfielder was. A fine debut season.

N’Golo Kante

The Makelele role could well be renamed the Kante role.

Reece Oxford

Bossed Arsenal and his GCSEs in the same season. No biggie.

Kelechi Iheanacho

Aguero finally has a worth understudy/partner in the final third; Iheanacho’s rise has put Bony to shame.

Marcus Rashford

If United fans are to be believed, Rashford has the ability to turn water into wine.

Duncan Watmore

So much time for a surname that lends itself easily to puns; I mean, Watmore could you ask for…