What happened to the Premier League’s youngest debutants, Aaron Lennon, Jose Baxter and more
Arsenal midfielder Ethan Nwaneri has youth on his side but does it guarantee a glittering career will follow?
He came on as a substitute during his side's 3-0 win over the Bees aged 15 years and 181 days.
Nwaneri will dream of following other teenagers into the England set up but does an early start necessarily mean international success will come quickly, if at all?
Planet Sport takes a look at the youngest debutants in the competition's history and where their careers have taken them.
Harvey Elliott - Fulham (16 years 30 days)
Before Nwaneri, the former Fulham youngster Elliott was in the the number one spot, making his Premier League debut at 16 years and 30 days old in 2019. He also holds the record for the youngest player to play in the EFL Cup, aged 15 years and 174 days when his Fulham team faced Millwall. Incredibly, as he was only 15, he was at school on the day of the game and was back studying the next day!
Such was the hype around Elliott, that soon after his Premier League debut, Europe's top teams, including Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Liverpool were interested in signing him. He chose to stay in England and signed for Liverpool, although he is spending the 2020/21 season on loan at Championship club Blackburn Rovers.
Elliot shone at Blackburn on loan in the 2020/21 season, and then fought his way in Liverpool first team contention. It is clear to see why the Surrey-born right-winger is tipped to go to the top and to break plenty more records along the way.
Matthew Briggs - Fulham (16 years 68 days)
However, the Guyana international only went on to play for Fulham a total of 12 times and in 2014 signed a one-year contract with Championship club Millwall.
After various other short stints with clubs in the lower leagues of England and in Denmark with Vejle Boldklub, he is now at Gosport Borough.
Izzy Brown - West Brom (16 years 117 days)
A part of the West Brom youth academy, Izzy Brown made his only appearance for the club in 2013 as a substitute in a loss against Wigan Athletic. Premier League giants Chelsea had been scouting the attacking midfielder when he played in youth games and in the summer, made a move for Brown.
Brown made only appearance for Chelsea, and his career has consisted of season-long loans, in the Eredivisie with Vitesse, one loan spell with Brighton in the Premier League and five loans in the Championship.
Aaron Lennon - Leeds (16 years 129 days)
Aaron Lennon has enjoyed a successful Premier League career, making 388 appearances in the competition, but he also held the youngest player record for a long period. He made his first appearance for Leeds United aged 16, against Tottenham Hotspur.
After leaving Tottenham, Lennon spent time at fellow established Premier League clubs Everton and Burnley, but only showed rare glimpses of what he made his name for at Spurs.
In 2020, he moved to his first team outside of England, signing for Turkish SuperLig club Kayserispor on a free contract, then rejoined Burnley a year later.
Jose Baxter - Everton (16 years 191 days)
Baxter's Everton career never really got started, and he failed to live up to comparisons with local hero Wayne Rooney, before getting released in 2012.
Baxter played in the American second tier with Memphis 901, who he joined in early 2020, before retiring aged 29 in 2021.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy - Aston Villa (16 years 198 days)
Hepburn-Murphy's next move was to Cypriot team Pafos FC, which included Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon. The British connection doesn't end there, though, as they were managed by John Toshack's son, Cameron.
Gary McSheffrey - Coventry City (16 years 198 days)
Known for his deadly left foot, McSheffrey scored more than 100 goals in a successful professional career and is now the manager of Doncaster Rovers.