Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood and other Premier League stars who deserve new shirt numbers as Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka takes no.7

Bukayo Saka has had a brilliant breakthrough campaign at Arsenal and he’s now been rewarded for his fine displays.

The Gunners have given the talented youngster the no.7 shirt ahead of next season, reflecting just how important a player he is for Mikel Arteta.

Saka is one of the brightest talents in the Premier League

Saka is one of the brightest talents in the Premier League

The 18-year-old has scored four goals and registered 10 assists in all competitions this term and will now follow in the footsteps of Robert Pires, Ray Parlour and Liam Brady.

Saka’s excellent form has also resulted in a new long-term contract earlier this month, which he celebrated by netting a first Premier League goal in his side’s 3-0 win at Wolves just days later.

Meanwhile, central-defender William Saliba, who has impressed on loan at Saint-Etienne this term, is set to be given the no.4 jersey as the Gunners prepare for their first full season under Arteta.

In of light of those number changes, we at have identified eight other Premier League stars who are also deserving of new number…

“Saka and Martinelli are future stars, not just of Arsenal, of the world”, says Gunners goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez


Christian Pulisic #22

The American has been on fire since the restart and claimed a goal and assist in the Blues’ 5-3 defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.

He will surely be given a change of number soon as Willian’s days at Stamford Bridge are over.

Should the Brazilian leave, the no.10 shirt will become available and Pulisic would be a worthy recipient.

The only competition the 21-year-old has for the shirt comes in the shape of Hakim Ziyech, who joined the club for £33million in February.

Ziyech, however, wore no.7 shirt at Ajax, and it is currently occupied by N’Golo Kante.

Perhaps a big shirt reshuffle is on the cards at Chelsea?

Pulisic has had a brilliant debut season at Chelsea

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Pulisic has had a brilliant debut season at Chelsea

Man City

Phil Foden #47

The City youngster is having his best campaign to date and is now appearing regularly in Pep Guardiola’s XI.

He currently wears the no.47 shirt but that is surely set to change as looks to cement himself as the heir to David Silva.

Silva has a sentimental connection to the number 21, and Foden will most likely opt against that number. However, Oleksandr Zinchenko, the left-back, bizarrely wears the no.11 so a switch with the Ukraine international might be on the cards in the near future.

Typically, a winger wears the no.11 shirt, but with Sergio Aguero getting older by the day, could no.10 shirt be available for Foden soon?

Foden is seen as the heir to Silva at Man City


Foden is seen as the heir to Silva at Man City

Eric Garcia #50

City are in the market for new centre-backs but Garcia, 19, will most likely remain a part of the first-team squad after making 12 league appearances this season and most since the restart.

Nathan Ake, Kalidou Kouliably, Milan Skriniar, Jonathan Tah and Dayot Upamecano have all been linked with a big-money move to the Etihad, and there is plenty of shirts available should one or two of them arrive.

Numbers 3, 4, 6, 13, 15, 18, 19, 23, 24 are all up for grabs, so Garcia must be quick to claim one of them before one is inevitably signed.

Garcia has been a key player for Man City since the restart

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Garcia has been a key player for Man City since the restart

Manchester United

Mason Greenwood #26

The famous no.7 at Manchester United is currently vacant but Jadon Sancho seems destined for the iconic shirt.

Sancho has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for several months now, and as he currently occupies this number at Dortmund he looks like he will be the next superstar, after the likes of Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, to occupy the famous number.

However, another the no.11 is also available and this could be ideal for teenage sensation Greenwood.

Greenwood has been a revelation for United, particularly since the restart, and at just 18 years old, his potential is frightening.

He scored his 17th of the season against West Ham on Wednesday – the only other United teenagers to achieve that feat are George Best (1965/66), Brian Kidd (1967/68) and most recently Wayne Rooney in 2004/05.

Greenwood has frightening potential at just 18

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Greenwood has frightening potential at just 18

Brandon Williams #53

The full-back was promoted to the Under-23 squad earlier this term and impressed so much that he has been catapulted to first-team.

Williams is United’s main replacement at right-back and left-back and is used often as a useful squad member in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ranks, he’s also mucked in well at left wing-back too.

He is currently wearing the no.53 shirt, but 12, 14, 19, 27, 28 are all available.

Williams has impressed since breaking into the United side this season

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Williams has impressed since breaking into the United side this season


Japhet Tanganga #39

The Englishman, who currently wears Jonathan Woodgate’s old number, is expected to be handed a new long-term deal by Jose Mourinho which puts him in good stead to land himself a first-team place next season.

It is believed Newcastle want to make their loan move for Danny Rose permanent this summer and should that happen, the no.3 will become vacant.

As a defender who can play as full-back or in central defence, the no.3 shirt would suit Tanganga perfectly.

However, if he does not fancy that number, the no.2 jersey is also ready to be taken, meanwhile if Jan Vertongthen leaves then no.5 is also on the market.

Another number which might appeal is no.26 – Ledley King’s former digits.

Tanganga broke into Spurs’ first-team this season and has been handed a new long-term deal

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Tanganga broke into Spurs’ first-team this season and has been handed a new long-term deal


Harvey Elliott #67

Curtis Jones has already had his new squad number announced, taking Steven Gerrard’s old no.17, which has gone down well with supporters.

A number change for Elliott is a little trickier. Throughout his career he’s worn 7, 9, 11, and 14 – all taken by key players right now.

It might need to be just a stepping stone for now but anything lower should suit him well and is better than 67.

He could pick 16, 17, 19. or 21 for now and it will stand him in good stead while he waits patiently for a chance at one of his favoured digits.

Big things are expected of Elliott

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Big things are expected of Elliott

West Ham

Declan Rice  – #41

The midfielder has been linked with a big-money move away from West Ham this summer, but if he stays he will surely want to change his shirt number.

The Englishman has held the Hammer’s number 41 shirt ever since making his senior debut in 2017, but has previously worn the number five and number six shirts at various junior levels.

The 5, 12, 14, 15 jerseys are all available but the chances of him staying at the London Stadium next season look slim.

Rice is linked with a return to Chelsea this summer


Rice is linked with a return to Chelsea this summer

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