Being able to one day play in the Premier League might seem like a distant dream to players playing non-league football. But there are always exceptions where players can make it in the big league. Jamie Vardy is the poster boy and the proof that it can be done. After his rise from Stocksbridge Park Steels and Halifax Town, he won the Premier League and became an English international. The most successful teams blend youth and experience so let’s have a look at some youngsters still playing non-league football who could one day play in the Premier League.
Charlie Carter (Stevenage)
The 23-year old was one of the only shining lights last season in which Chesterfield FC struggled to perform as good as they did the previous seasons. The attacking midfielder is currently playing for Stevenage, moving up from the 5th division to the League Two. Carter played for Fulham at a young age before joining Woking’s academy. It was at Woking where he signed his first professional contract ahead of the 2016–17 season, which would mark Carter’s first season playing regular first-team football.
Dan Sweeney (Barnet)
In July 2012, Sweeney was one of five academy prospects to be invited to train with the first team of AFC Wimbledon and play for the development squad after the club pulled out of the Suburban League. On the 22nd of December 2016, the central defender joined League Two club Barnet. Having previously only played at semi-professional level (Kingstonian, Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United) and struggled since arriving at Barnet. But the 25-year old excelled in his new role as a ball-playing centre-back and looks well equipped to play for a bigger club than the Bees one day.
Peter Kioso (Hartlepool United)
The 20-year-old impressed on trial at Victoria Road after a spell with Dunstable Town and has made the right-back slot his own after a couple of standout performances over the last year. In 18 games in the National League, the Irishman scored two goals already. Kioso is known to have the right mentality and if he keeps working hard, he will have a bright future ahead. After being released on a free by MK Dons as a youngster, it would be no surprise if he one day made a return to that level.