The International Centre for Sports Studies has published its list of top 100 teenagers in football, including Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka.
Manchester United forward Greenwood has scored in each of their Premier League games this season, while Saka has featured for Arsenal in their two defeats following a promising Euro 2020 campaign with England.
The pair, who both are 19, are considered two of the nation’s brightest teen talents, with the likes of Jude Bellingham and Harvey Elliott also expected to have trophy-laden futures.
However, neither of Greenwood and Saka sit top of the illustrious list of players ranked by the Football Observatory.
Barcelona’s midfielder starlet Pedri ranks top, having played in 78 games across the last 11 months.
Those have seen the 18-year-old go off on holiday on Monday due to his heavy workload, despite featuring in Barca’s first two La Liga matches.
Greenwood comes in behind the Spaniard in second place, although CIES’ experience rating – which has determined the order of the list – has the United youngster 25 points behind the leader.
Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes closely follows along with Ajax prodigy Ryan Gravenberch.
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Saka, like his Arsenal number, comes in as the seventh-best teenager, five points behind Portuguese centre-back G oncalo Inacio, also of Sporting.
England teammate Jude Bellingham is 10th, narrowly behind reported Liverpool target Jeremy Doku.
Greenwood is both the Premier League and his nation’s star man in the rankings for good reason, getting on the scoresheet in the Red Devils’ Sunday draw at Southampton after netting against Leeds.
The deadeye shooter has been backed to lead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line when they are without Edinson Cavani, with pundits such as Alan Shearer baffled by the decision to start Martial up front and push academy product Greenwood out wide.
“I was slightly surprised by his team selection today in terms of playing Martial down the middle,” the legendary striker said on Match of the Day 2.
“I watched Greenwood last week as a centre forward. And that’s where he’ll end up, I have no doubt about that, and he will score loads and loads of goals.
“He’s got that much about him, so when he played that well last week, I think he offered everything,” added Shearer.
“He offered a threat in behind, he came short, his touch, spinning in behind, I thought he was superb, so then to move him so that Martial can come in today I didn’t think Man United had that spark that they had last week and maybe that was one of the reasons.”
Meanwhile, Saka was withdrawn after 61 minutes following a frustrating display against Chelsea as the Gunners lost 2-0 against their London rivals at the Emirates.
The top 15 teenagers (ranked by the CIES Football Observatory)
1. Pedri – Barcelona
2. Mason Greenwood – Manchester United
3. Nuno Mendes – Sporting Lisbon
4. Ryan Gravenberch – Ajax
5. Matheus Martinelli – Fluminense
6. Goncalo Inacio – Sporting Lisbon
7. Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
8. Fabrizio Diaz – Liverpool [in Uruguay]
9. Jeremy Doku – Rennes
10. Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
11. Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen
12. Lucas Calegari – Fluminense
13. Giovanni Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
14. Eduardo Camavinga – Rennes
15. Octavia Popescu – FCSB