English football already has countless established stars, but what about those less established? What about those so young that their only image of the Conservative Party is David Cameron?
What about those ’90s kids who may remember William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith or Michael Howard, perhaps even a faint flicker of John Major, but nothing else? They’re here, they’re ready to take football by storm, and they have no idea how evil the Iron Lady from Finchley really was.
1 – DANIEL CROWLEY (ARSENAL)
This tricky midfielder turns 18 next month and a lot is expected of him at Arsenal. He can operate on the wing or behind the striker and is almost certainly too young to remember the treatment Margaret Thatcher inflicted upon the miners of Great Britain. One to watch.
2 – SEAN GOSS (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Sean Goss is seen as a shining light of Manchester United’s academy and has been included in Louis van Gaal’s squad for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. His boyish good looks belie the fact that he is blissfully ignorant of the IRA’s attempt to kill Margaret Thatcher.
3 – JAMAAL LASCELLES (NEWCASTLE UNITED)
This strong, athletic and technically gifted defender moved to Newcastle United this summer from Nottingham Forest. He has no Premier League experience, but with new manager Steve McClaren well aware of his talents, the fact that he only knows the effects of Margaret Thatcher’s draconian policies on Britain by stories told by his parents shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
4 – DELE ALLI (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
He would’ve been too busy playing football outside to be aware of the long term damage Thatcher’s privatisation of many key industries had on the nation, but this young centre midfielder has taken the Premier League by storm since moving to White Hart Lane from MK Dons.
5 – REECE OXFORD (WEST HAM UNITED)
This young and hard working midfielder hasn’t even turned 17 yet and he has still put in a number of impressive Premier League performances. However, that youth also means that he may never come to know how many people Thatcher put in danger by appointing Jimmy Savile as a fundraiser for Stoke Mandeville hospital.
Will these players end up as world beaters? We’ll not know until the time comes. But what we do know is that despite their collective promise, they will remain unaware of how dangerous Mrs. Thatcher was unless they actively choose to research the topic and that’s probably for the best.