The Premier League is a tough place to play, especially for young players, but there have been a number of under-23 stars who have broken through to make a name for themselves in 2021-22.

Here's a list of 10 youngsters who, having been given opportunities in their respective first teams, have impressed.

 

Anthony Elanga, 20, FW, Manchester United

In an otherwise miserable term at Old Trafford, the emergence of the Sweden international has been one of the few positives. Having featured little under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the opening half of the season, the winger/forward was given plenty of confidence by interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who's clearly seen plenty of potential in the youngster. Good on the ball, industrious and an unpredictable dribbler, Elanga is also one of the better Manchester United players when it comes to winning the ball back, and his eager pressing should be useful for new head coach Erik ten Hag.

Marc Cucurella, 23, LB, Brighton

As a graduate of the famous Barcelona academy, Cucurella has obvious quality on the ball and has just kept getting better and better after signing for Brighton for €18m from Getafe last summer. He is equally as comfortable at left-back as he is on the left-hand side of midfield, but he's even impressed as an overlapping centre-back -- always looking to progress with the ball and to create imbalances further up the pitch. Aggressive and attack-minded, Cucurella averages three crosses per game and has recently been linked with a move to Manchester City.

 

Anthony Gordon, 21, FW, Everton

The winger has been fundamental for Everton in a dismal season and has been a key component in their fight against relegation. Slightly underappreciated for his skill on the ball and highly developed football IQ -- as few look further than his hard-working, high-intensity style -- the England under-21 international can operate down both flanks and has the technique and vision to make a difference when moving into central areas. Though he still needs to refine several areas of his game, Gordon is one of the most effective dribblers in the Premier League.