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WhoScored's best EFL Under-21s XI

8 February 2022

It's the EFL Youth Development week, where the focus is on the best youngsters plying their trade across the Championship, League One and League Two.

Here, take a look at the best rated players under the age of 21 currently living up to their potential in the EFL.

1. Fabio Carvalho (Fulham) - 7.28 rating

With a rating of 7.28, Fabio Carvalho is the best rated player under the age of 21 in the EFL this season, that in itself the fourth best in the Championship. Carvalho has had a direct hand in 11 league goals in 2021/22, scoring seven, while four assists have come from 32 key passes, that the fourth most of those under the age of 21 in the EFL.

2. Levi Colwill (Huddersfield) - 7.06 rating

Levi Colwill is making the most of his loan spell at Huddersfield. The teenage defender moved to the Terriers from Chelsea last summer and has become a mainstay in the Huddersfield defence, starting 20 of 30 matches. 2.1 tackles per 90 is a commendable return, while Colwill has been solid on the ball, too, with 52.7 passes per 90 the 29th best in the Championship. The 18-year-old's good form under Carlos Corberan has seen him return a rating of 7.06.

3. Connor Taylor (Bristol Rovers) - 7.03 rating

Bristol Rovers may be languishing in mid-table in League Two, but one consistent has been Connor Taylor's form for the Gas. A rating of 7.03 is the second best for Joey Barton's side with Taylor dominant in the air when needed, winning 5.7 aerial duels per 90, the 18th best in League Two this season. 5.1 clearances, 1.4 interceptions and 1.3 tackles are all commendable returns for the young centre-back.

4. Sepp van den Berg (Preston) - 6.96 rating

Sepp van den Berg continues to go from strength to strength with Preston following his loan arrival from Liverpool 12 months ago and has made a starting spot his own for the Lilywhites. A return of 2.3 tackles per 90 is the 23rd best in the Championship this season as the young Dutchman plays a key role week in, week out for Preston to have helped him to a rating of 6.96 in 2021/22.

5. Jack Rudoni (Wimbledon) - 6.92 rating

After a breakout campaign in 2020/21, Jack Rudoni has started to come into his own for Wimbledon on the flanks. The young winger has already bettered his goal return from last season, netting seven times, more than any other Wimbledon player. An additional three assists is a fine return from respective returns of 2.5 shots and 0.9 key passes per 90 to help Rudoni to a rating of 6.92.

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