1 To 11 of Homegrown players in the Premier League.


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In recent years many  fans and  former professionals have complained and spoke about the lack of loyalty from players, this has led me to think about which premier league players are still/have returned to the club they currently are contracted too.

People often speak about Ryan Giggs being the ultimate Manchester United hero because of his long commitment to Manchester United. Alas, nowadays is there anyone who follows that standard?

So after a little bit of research I’ve found enough (just) to put together a XI of home grown players who have come through the academy of their current club.


Marcus Bettinelli 


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The Fulham goalkeeper signed his first professional contract in 2010 after spending multiple years working under his dad Vic at the Academy. Marcus is currently Fulham’s number one despite the signing of Sergio Rico from Sevilla. Bettinelli did have 3 spells away from Craven Cottage with loan deals with Kent side Dartford and two seasons with Accrington Stanley.

Honours at Fulham: 

Championship Play Off Winner.


Trent Alexander-Arnold:



The World Cup semi finalist has now featured 34 times for Liverpool since bursting on to the scene at Anfield. Trent has recently turned 20 and is quickly established himself as a firm favourite of the Anfield crowd. TAA has never featured for any other club but has represented England at all age groups from all levels from u16s upwards.

Honours At Liverpool:

Trent has only individual honours twice winning Young Player Of The Year at Liverpool.


Lewis Dunk:



Lewis Dunk has featured 216 games for the Seagulls in his 8 years career,  The Brighton man made his first appearance in a league game against MK Dons In League one. Lewis very recently received his first ever England call-up but didn’t feature.  He briefly featured for Bristol City on Loan in 2014.

Honours At Brighton: 

Championship runner-up

Individually Dunk was named in the PFA Team Of The Year 2016-2017 season.


Adrian Mariappa: 



The Jamaican international started his career in 2005 with Watford and spent 7 years with the Hornets. He Captained the side in the Premier League during the 2006-2007 season which sadly saw Watford relegated. After 216 games for Watford Adrian left to join Reading before a brief spell with Crystal Palace before returning home to Vicarage Road in 2016 to possibly end his career where it all began.

Honours At Watford: 

Promotion to the Premier League in 2005.


Ben Chilwell :


Another recent England call up on the list is the Leicester City left back Chilwell.    The 21-year-old broke into the Leicester side replacing Christian Fuchs after impressing with Huddersfield in the Championship. Ben sadly just missed out on a premier league medal but has since showed real signs of being a star of not only Leicester but England in the near future.

Ben has not yet received any honours at Leicester City


James Ward Prowse:



Ward-Prowse debuted for Southampton in 2011 and has since made 170 Premier League appearances for the Saints. Interestingly Ward-Prowse is surrounded by Portsmouth fans at home but he chose to join Southampton age 8.  in 2017 Ward-Prowse made his England debut against Germany but has not returned to the Three Lions set up.

James has not yet Received any honours at Southampton.


Mark Noble:


The 31-year old made his West Ham United debut in 2004 in the Championship and has gone on to make over 380 games for the Hammers, Noble became the club captain and is currently just 5 goals away from 50 goals. Noble did leave Upton Park twice during his career with loan moves to Ipswich Town and Hull City.

Honours at West Ham:

Championship Play Off Wins: 2005 and 2012

Indivual awards include being 2 time West Ham Player Of The Year and PFA Team Of The Year 2012.

Jesse Lingard:

Jesse Lingard featured for four different sides on loan ( Leicester City, Birmingham City, Derby County and Brighton Hove Albion) before being given his Manchester United bow in the 2015 campaign. Since then Lingard has featured 90 times for the Red Devils and 20 times for his country.

Honours at Manchester United:

FA CUP 2016

EFL CUP 2017




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Marcus Rashford:

Now onto Jesse’s best mate Marcus who has already made 85 appearances for Manchester United since his rocketed on to the stage in 2015 and an England debut goal in 2016 against Sunderland. Rashford has never left Manchester United but there are many rumours afloat that Marcus could leave in the near future.

Honours at Manchester United:

FA CUP 2016

EFL CUP 2017


Wilfried Zaha:

Zaha joined the Palace academy aged 12 (2005) and went onto make his debut for the Eagles in 2009, Zaha played a huge part in getting the Londoners in 2013 before getting his only move away from Selhurst to date. His stay at Manchester United and loan spell  with Cardiff City was brief before returning to Palace in 2014 where to date the Ivorian international has made 264 appearances in Red and Blue.  Interestingly Zaha did play twice for England in friendlies before deciding to switch alliances to Ivory Coast.



Honours At Crystal Palace: 

Championship Play Off Win-2013

Individual awards include being a three time Player Of The Year and PFA  Team Of The Year 2013


Harry Kane:

Harry Kane

The Tottenham and England captain was a late bloomer, much like Jesse Lingard he featured for four clubs on loan ( Millwall, Leyton Orient, Norwich and Leicester City) before returning to replace Emmanuel Adebayor under Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane. 159 Premier League appearances and 113 goals later Harry is now a hero of Tottenham fans and this season broke his August curse to help continue his goal scoring form. The World Cup golden boot winner has featured 34 times for England scoring 19 goals.


Harry Kane is yet to achieve any team honours at Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Harry has picked up many individual honours whilst at Spurs, He has appeared 4 times in the Premier League team of the year. 2 time golden boot winner. one time Tottenham Player Of The Year and gained 1 Young Player Of The Year Award.


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There are of Course others in the Premier League who still feature for the club they featured for at Academy level. Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi are still at Arsenal whilst Ryan Sessegnon still features for Fulham. Harry Winks follows a fellow Harry at Tottenham and Aaron Wan- Bissaka features for Crystal Palace after looking sharp towards the back end of last season.


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