Youngest ever Premier League goalscorers with Wayne Rooney just third and Michael Owen fifth | The Sun

SOME players didn't take long to make their mark in the Premier League.

Arsenal teen Ethan Nwaneri made history at the weekend by becoming the youngest ever player to compete in the Prem at 15 years and 181 days.

He smashed the previous record held by Harvey Elliott when he came on for Fulham in 2019 at 16 years and 30 days old.

But there are some teenagers who have made even more of an impact as young stars.

And SunSport has decided to take a look at the youngest players to have scored Premier League goals.

Here is a list of the top 10.


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10. Mikael Forssell

Forssell is 10th on the list as he scored for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest back in February 1999.

The Finnish forward hit the back of the net 23 days before his 18th birthday.

9. Raheem Sterling

Sterling has been around for a decade and is still just 27 years of age.

That's because he started incredibly early, netting his first Premier League goal at 17.

It came as Liverpool beat Reading 1-0 in October 2012.

8. Daniel Jebbison

A very recent addition to the list. Jebbison scored the winner for Sheffield United in a 1-0 victory over Everton in May 2021.

Since then, he has dropped down to the Championship and is being made to wait for his second top flight goal.

7. Federico Macheda

Perhaps the most famous goal on the list.

Macheda scored a stoppage-time winner for Manchester United against Aston Villa in 2009 as they went on to win the Premier League title.

The Italian was just 17 years and 226 days old but still played a major part in handing the title to United.

6. Andy Turner

Turner scored aged just 17 years and 166 days – merely weeks into the start of the first ever Premier League season in 1992.

The Tottenham man hit the back of the net in the 90th minute of a game against Everton to hand Spurs a 2-1 victory.

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5. Michael Owen

Owen held the record for several years after scoring on his Premier League debut in May 1997.

The ex-England international netted 17 minutes after coming on for Patrik Berger in a 2-1 defeat to Wimbledon.

4. Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas scored his first Prem goal in a 3-0 win over Blackburn in 2004.

The Arsenal supporters sang "He's only 17 and he's better than Roy Keane" after the Spaniard announced himself to the Highbury crowd.

3. Wayne Rooney

Rooney is one of three Premier League players to have netted under the age of 17.

He would go on to score 207 more, but his first came for Everton against Arsenal in 2002 – a goal which ended the Gunners' 30-match unbeaten streak.

It was a breathtaking strike from well outside the box and came just five days before his 17th birthday.

2. James Milner

Milner is the second of three players to have scored a Premier League goal before his 17th birthday – with the ex-Man City man managing it at 16 years and 356 days old.

The Liverpool midfielder scored his first top flight goal for Leeds on Boxing Day in 2002 in a 2-1 away win at Sunderland.

1. James Vaughan

Vaughan still holds the Premier League record after netting at the age of just 16 years and 270 days.

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He scored late on for Everton against Crystal Palace in 2005 as the Toffees won 4-0 at Goodison Park.

The other scorers that day included current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Australian legend Tim Cahill.

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