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Top Five Nigerian Youngsters In Premier League Youth Teams

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‎The English Premier League is about the most watched league in Nigeria. Chelsea who are the most widely supported Premier League club in Nigeria are the bookies favorites to win the Premier league this season and rightly so as they lead Tottenham by four points with just 5 games to go.

Although with some very dicey games coming up for both Tottenham and Chelsea, the title can still go to any of the two London clubs. Punters can take advantage of free betting bonuses such as Betvictor free bet  to make some cash betting on the most widely watched league in the world.

Established Super Eagles stars like Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheanacho are currently the Eagles stars starring for teams in the top division.

However, Nigerian players are scattered around the youth team set up of most Premier League, and in the piece Owngoalnigeria.com London based reporter Michael James picks his top five.

Ike Ugbo (Chelsea)

Widely regarded as the next big thing waiting to progress through the ranks at Stamford Bridge. The 18 year old drew a reaction from first team coach Antonio Conte when he scored an acrobatic goal in one of the youth games watched by the manager.

Last season he scored 26 goals in 33 appearances, a tally which he surpassed this season in fewer games. Already there are talks of the youngster getting involved in some of the pre season games of the first team in the summer.
Tunji Akinola (West Ham)

Real name Olatunji Akinola, the promising defender made his U18s debut for West Ham as a 15 year old schoolboy.

A defender who has added goals to his games off late. He was named captain of the U18s of West Ham before the start of this season. His fine reading of play has seen him go two seasons without a booking. A trait which has earned him the nickname the new “Rio Ferdinand” due to similarities in his style with that of the ex West Ham youth team graduate.

Joseph Olowu (Arsenal)

Spotted by Arsenal at the age of 13, the 17 year old has impressed a lot of Arsenal youth team followers with his defensive awareness and aerial strength, which is not a surprise considering he presently stands at six foot and one inch.

Still some way away from the first team, but his stock has risen so high that he was granted a full page interview in Arsenal’s official matchday programme in November last year.

Josh Maja (Sunderland)

Joshua Erowoli Orisunmihare Oluwaseun Maja popularly kno‎wn as Josh Maja has already trained with the senior national team of Nigeria, during their camping exercise in London last month.

The 18 year old moved to Sunderland from Fulham two years ago, and has already made his first team debut in the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup in September last year, four months after signing a three year professional deal with the club.

Olufela Olomola ( Southampton)

Released by Arsenal three years ago, the 19 year old has grown in leaps and bounds since joining Southampton same year he was released at Arsenal.

Fela like he loves to be called captained the U-18s last season before moving a step up to the U21s where he has since progressed to the first team, coming on as a substitute for Jay Rodriguez in their 1-0 win over Sunderland in the EFL Cup in October.