Wider Horizons: 5 English Youngsters Who Would Benefit From a Move Abroad

While the Premier League is packed full of talent from all across the globe, very few British players test themselves away from the comfort of their homeland?


While the lack of homegrown talents in existence in the Premier League is alarming in itself, even more so is the deficiency of English components competing overseas.


Gareth Bale is the notable current exception, while Jadon Sancho has a chance to make a name for himself in the number 7 shirt at Dortmund.


Here are five youngsters who should follow suit and expatriate themselves for the benefit of their careers. 

5. Ademola Lookman: Everton, 20

It may not have quite enough detail to equate to a thousand words, but the picture above does essentially make the complete argument as to why Ademola Lookman should be heeding is surname's advice and searching for opportunities overseas.


Reduced to a replacement role behind an ageing Aaron Lennon, and under the tutelage of the eternally pragmatic Sam Allardyce, the former Charlton man's chances of consistent game-time seem slim.


While Arsenal and Tottenham have purportedly shown interest in the 20 year old, similar pitfalls to those that currently curtail him arise at both, and a move abroad may be necessary to genuinely progress as a footballer, and as a person.

4. Dominic Solanke: Liverpool, 20

Solanke is an anomaly on this list, having already spent a season abroad with Vitesse Arnhem, although Chelsea's ostensible feeder side is about as close as you can get to travelling overseas without really going anywhere.


With only 285 token minutes collected in the Premier League since his move to Liverpool, and a strike force ominously labelled the 'fab four', it is difficult to see any kind of genuine career path being forged at Anfield.


With his travelling whistle already wet with the spray of the North Sea, perhaps a trip to Germany would be on the cards. With forward vacancies opening up at Hoffenheim and even possibly at Borussia Dortmund, a move in January is not out of the question and would unequivocally serve the player well.

3. Trevoh Chalobah: Chelsea, 18

Brother of Nathaniel, Trevoh knows only too well the hardship of ascertaining minutes in the Premier League, let alone breaking into the hallowed starting eleven at Stamford Bridge.


Despite an evergreen stock of emerging talent, Chelsea have yet to adequately illuminate the path to the first team, with very few blazing a trail for others to follow.


While success in the Championship is evidently not good enough, what there is precedent for, however, is their enthusiasm for players who have proved themselves abroad.


The continual conveyor belt of loans to Vitesse is one thing, but the re-signing of Nemanja Matic and the glorious return of Andreas Christensen shows their willingness to integrate players who have impressed on the continent. Paradoxically, such a move away may be Trevoh's best chance of forging a genuine career at Stamford Bridge. 

2. Calum Chambers: Arsenal, 22

Remember him? Chambers was once touted as the future of England and Arsenal's right side of defence, in tandem with Luke Shaw on the left, the two esteemed Southampton graduates excelling together. 


How the duo have struggled ever since. 


Chambers was handed his first league appearance of the season in Arsenal's 3-2 defeat of Crystal Palace on Thursday night, and reminded everyone not just of his existence, but also of his potential.


With opportunities in North London clearly sparse, and another stint in the Championship ineffectual in progressing his career, a move abroad to Italy or Germany, where defence is valued and extensively taught, would be best for everyone involved.

1. Ryan Sessegnon: Fulham, 17

Fulham's teenage sensation has unsurprisingly attracted interest from the biggest names in English football. 


Manchester United and Tottenham have been heavily linked with the starlet, along with Southampton more recently, and presumably the rest of the league are all attentive observers of the 17 year old's remarkable progress.


You know who else have been linked with Sessegnon? Real Madrid.


You know where Sessegnon should go? Real Madrid.


Regardless of previous stipulations about game time and minutes at big clubs, the notion of plying your trade at the Bernabeu, and learning your craft from one of the true masters of your position is simply too inviting to refuse.

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