Search icon


09th Oct 2021

Two Irish prospects feature in The Guardian’s top 20 Premier League best talents

Lee Costello

Keep a close eye out for these two.

It’s difficult to predict who will make it in the Premier League and who won’t, but The Guardian have listed their top 20 best talents coming through the ranks at moment.

Two of the selected stars are actually from Ireland, and could prove to be good news for both Northern Ireland and Stephen Kenny’s side in the near future.

Antrim-born Jamie Donley has a father from Northern Ireland and a mother from England, this left-footed No 9, noted for his tenacity and finishing ability, has been capped at youth level by both countries.

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

During the September break, he went away with the Northern Ireland under-19s and scored the winner in both of their games while he is with the England under-17s for this October’s fixtures.

Donley, who can drop off and show a good range of passing, played up and impressed for the Spurs under-18s last season. Has been at the club’s academy since the age of eight

Cian Coleman is rated extremely highly at Elland Road and, having just left school, spent part of this summer training with Marcelo Bielsa’s first team.

The versatile central midfielder is seen as potentially a “new Kalvin Phillips” but can also operate at centre-half. Despite being born in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, his allegiance is with Ireland and he is already part of their under-19 squad.

At Leeds, Coleman has regularly played above his age group, appearing for the under-21s at the age of only 15, and has certainly caught Bielsa’s eye

WATCH: Liverpool BOTTLED the title race 🤬 | Who will win the Premier League?