It’s commonplace for most young boys to idolise their fathers and have a burning desire to please and make them proud.
This desire is no different for the offspring of some of the biggest names to star in the English Premier League who long to follow in their footballer father’s footsteps and make a name for themselves at one of England’s top Premier League clubs.
Some are led to believe that a boy whose father was a former professional footballer would benefit from certain doors opening for them over the course of their burgeoning career.
This is certainly not the case because every professional player within the modern game at some point would have been subjected to numerous tests and trials as a youth in order to prove their worth.
If a club feels that the player won’t go on to make it they are released, it’s as simple as that.
Just because you have a famous father and surname it doesn’t give you a right to expect to be signed up by a professional club. Brooklyn Beckham for example has just been released by Arsenal’s academy which shows that this practice clearly doesn’t happen in the game.
Here we have a list of fifteen current professional players who have followed their father’s career path into the game:
Kasper Schmeichel – son of the “Great Dane” Peter Schmeichel, Schmeichel Junior currently plays as goalkeeper for Leicester City and the Danish national side.
Growing up in Manchester when his Dad was at United, Kasper often played football in the streets with Alex Bruce, son of Steve Bruce and they ended up playing together in the same side at Leeds United in 2010.
When Leicester City won the 2015-16 Premier League it made Kasper and Peter Schmeichel the first father and son winners of the title.
Alex Bruce – son of former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce is a defender with a playing style much like his footballing father.
He currently plays for Hull City under his father’s management and has also previously played under him at Birmingham City.
Niall Keown – son of former Arsenal defender Martin Keown is also a defender and has just made his first team debut for Championship side Reading.
He has also recently been called up to the Republic of Ireland under 21 squad.
Thomas Ince – son of former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince plays as a winger at Derby County.
Still only in the early stages of his career, Ince has made nearly 200 professional club appearances including spells at Hull City (under his father’s old Manchester United team mate Steve Bruce) and also at Blackpool.
Tyler Walker – son of former Nottingham Forest defender Des Walker currently plays as a striker for Nottingham Forest.
He has recently broken into the first team and has caught the eye of a host of Premier League sides after some eye-catching displays for the Forest youth side.
Dan Potts – son of former West Ham United defender Steve Potts, Potts Junior also plays as a defender at League One side Luton Town.
He has represented England at under 18’s, under 19’s and under 20’s.
Jack Barmby – son of former Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Everton, Middlesbrough and Hull City player Nick Barmby currently plays as a midfielder for Leicester City after spending much of his youth career at Manchester United.
He has represented England at under 16’s, under 18’s and under 19’s.
Devante Cole – son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole currently plays as a striker for League One side Fleetwood Town.
Devante Cole has represented England at every level since under 16’s.
Elliot Lee – youngest son of former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee, Elliot Lee currently plays for Premier League side West Ham United although he is on the fringes of the squad at the moment.
Oliver Lee – Rob Lee’s eldest son currently plays as a midfielder for League Two side Luton Town.
Darnell Furlong – son of former Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea striker Paul Furlong plays as a defender and has recently made his debut for QPR in the Premier League.
He could feature more prominently in the Championship next term as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shakes up his squad in an attempt to secure a return to the top flight; they can be backed at bethut.
Angus Gunn – son of former Norwich City keeper Bryan Gunn is goalkeeper for the Manchester City Elite Development Squad and is widely tipped to become Joe Hart’s eventual successor.
He has also represented England at under 21 level.
Diego Poyet – son of former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet currently plays as a midfielder for West Ham United.
He has represented England at under 16 and under 17 level but is also eligible to play for Uruguay through his father.
Josh Windass – the son of former Hull City and Middlesbrough striker Dean Windass is currently playing for Scottish giants Rangers.
And One for the Future…..
Ellis Bellamy – son of former striker Craig Bellamy currently plays as a winger / striker for Cardiff City under 18’s and the Welsh under 17’s.
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