Part 1: What happened next for England U20 World Cup Winners?

In June England U20’s won the World Cup against Venezuela. At the time there was lots of talk that these players deserved their opportunity in the Premier League. After 3 months of the season this is the first of a three part series looking at what happened to those winning Young Lions and today we look at the keeper and the defence:

Freddie Woodman

Made his name this summer and showed great penalty saving credentials. Unfortunately he has not been able to carry on his progress and has found himself as the third choice keeper at Newcastle United. A loan move is possible in January as Newcastle will be keen to improve Woodman’s experience. Newcastle are keen not to have a repeat of Fraser Forster situation where Forster left the Toon Army and then went on to represent England with another Premier League side Southampton.

Jake Clarke-Salter

A Chelsea youngster who played a key role in the U20’s World Cup win he has found first team chances very limited at Stamford Bridge. He has only made the one appearance for Chelsea in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest. It seems likely that he will have to follow the steps of Loftus-Cheek and Abraham needing to go on loan elsewhere to get an opportunity to play in the Premier League.

Fikayo Tomori

Another Chelsea youngster but he has made the decision to drop down to the Championship to play for Hull on loan. He is gaining vital experience in the second tier of the English football pyramid and working under experienced Russian manager Leonid Slutsky may add to his game.

Kyle Walker-Peters

A Spurs youngster who was given an opportunity to shine in the opening Premier League game of the season by Mauricio Pochettino. The youngster impressed with his all-action style and got the man of the match against Newcastle. Unfortunately since then he has struggled to get past Serge Aurier and Kieron Trippier. Being managed by Pochettino means that he is likely to be given more chances thought to prove his worth and he may be better served staying at Tottenham rather than a loan move elsewhere.

Jonjoe Kenny

Everton’s season has been in turmoil for the most part having invested heavily but failing to produce results on the pitch. Long term injury to Seamus Coleman though has seen youngsters like Jonjoe Kenny being given an opportunity to stake his claim. Kenny has been reliable but will want to show the Goodison faithful that he can be part of a solid backline. Kenny who has made 7 appearances will want to show interim boss David Unsworth he is right to persist with youth rather than spending again in January.

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