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Every Premier League Team's Most Exciting Academy Product

Every club wants to develop their own talent, and that is why most Premier League clubs plough tens of millions into their youth set-ups every season. For the top clubs, creating top class talent is hugely important so they don't have to keep buying entire squads. For lesser sides, a good academy can provide the most solid foundation for success, allowing the club to sell their academy products for huge profits, ensuring the financial security and future of the club.

For fans too, especially in the modern game in which it has become less common and in the Premier League more so than any other league, there are few greater sights than seeing a 'local lad', or at least an academy product gracing your clubs first team and mixing it in the Premier League with some of the finest players in world football. Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are currently the three teams with the most academy products in their first team squads.

Academy players in the Premier League tend to represent teams under-21 and under-18 sides, as well as often being loaned out to hone their skills at first team level. This is a list only of players who can be classified as 'academy' players, that is to say they have played very little or no first team football for their club. Young academy products who are already first team regulars are omitted. Here is every Premier League teams most exciting academy product:

20 Arsenal - Gedion Zelalem

via goal.com

19 Aston Villa - Callum Robinson

via skysports.com

18 Bournemouth - Filippo Costa

via zimbio.com

17 Chelsea - Andreas Christensen

via chelsea-news.co

16 Crystal Palace - Hiram Boateng

via standard.co.uk

15 Everton - Ryan Ledson

via marcadorint.com

14 Leicester - Ben Chilwell

via thesun.co.uk

13 Liverpool - Wilson/Kent/Ojo

via thisisanfield.com

12 Manchester City - Jason Denayer

via thescore.com

11 Manchester United - Marcus Rashford/Andreas Pereira

via 1080.plus / thescore.com

10 Newcastle - Rolando Aarons

via theguardian.co.uk

9 Norwich - Josh Murphy

via itv.com

8 Southampton - Harrison Reed

via dailyecho.co.uk

7 Stoke - Oliver Shenton/Julien Ngoy

via itv.com

6 Sunderland - Lynden Gooch

via sbisoccer.com

5 Swansea - Kenji Gorre

via vi.tv

4 Tottenham - Alex Pritchard

via thescore.com

3 Watford - George Byers

via watfordobserver.com

2 West Brom - Tyler Roberts

via walesonline.co.uk

1 West Ham - Reece Oxford

via ibtimes.com

Quite possibly the easiest decision of any team on this list, Reece Oxford has all the tools to become a world class footballer, providing he has the right mentality and desire, especially in having to deal with the immense hope and expectations which have been placed upon him from such a young age. Oxford broke a 93 year record to become West Ham's youngest ever player in August 2015, and became the second youngest Premier League player of all-time a month later, when he made his mightily impressive league debut against Arsenal.

Capable of playing as either a central defender or midfielder, Oxford has been withheld from first team and international action by West Ham due to fear of burnout, but now aged 17, his involvement is likely to be gradually stepped up imminently.

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