Dunk was outstanding last season, a colossus in defence as Brighton secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. Having come through the Seagulls’ academy, making his first professional appearance in April 2010, he’ll be debuting in the top flight next season. Should he impress on England’s biggest stage, he’ll no doubt begin to attract interest in the transfer market.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Clubs take great pride in promoting the most talented of players from their academy.
Sadly it’s become a rarity in the modern game to see young players secure a place in the starting line-up of the first team, but there have been many outstanding academy graduates down the years.
Who, then, could be considered the greatest homegrown player in the Premier League?
talkSPORT.com has picked the best academy graduate for each current top flight club in England, in order of quality.
Scroll through the gallery above to find out who has been selected as the best of all-time.
N.B. Only players who made their senior football debut during the Premier League era (1992/93 season onwards), having represented the same club at youth level, are included. The club cannot have paid any fee or compensation to sign them (for example, the compensation paid by Arsenal to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas rules him out of consideration for this homegrown ranking).