Rio Ferdinand picks one Chelsea youngster in his top five Premier League U21 players

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed his list of top five under-21 players in the Premier League.

The former Manchester United defender went for the likes of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester City’s Phil Foden, United’s Mason Greenwood, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli and Chelsea’s Reece James.

There was no space for Chelsea’s Mason Mount in the team.

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Speaking on his admiration for Reece James, Ferdinand said: “This boy, I like him. The way he plays, his crossing puts teams under pressure.

“There’s a devilment in his passing. He wants to hurt the opposing team. Becks [David Beckham] used to do it, Trent does it, when they cross a ball from out wide, they make the defender if they’re not positioned right, they end up having face their own goal and put the ball out for a corner or a throw. And if it comes back into play it’s a difficult ball to clear on their weak side.

“He’s all-round, I think he’s got so much growth in his game, he’s versatile, he can play centre-half, right-back, central midfield. The kid has got it all and it looks like he’s got a great temperament, which is huge.

“Physically, he’s like a light-middleweight boxer. He’s strong, quick, solid aggressive. I think Frank will find a position for him to play regularly next season.”

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