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Top 50 Young Players – Part 4 (20-11)

Top 50 Young Players – Part 4 (20-11)

With the season set to draw to a close, a lot of clubs will be scrambling around to scour the market and find new talent worth signing. In the last couple of seasons, a lot of starlets have taken the world of football by storm and here we will take a look at Part 4 of our Top 50 countdown comprising of youngsters from 20-11. You can check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 as well.

20. Max Meyer – Schalke 04

Regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in the world at present, Meyer thrives in the role of a deep-lying playmaker. He can affect the game like nobody else and seems to have a penchant for pulling the strings quite effortlessly to dictate the proceedings in the middle. At 22 years of age, he has attracted attention from some of the top clubs across Europe, including Barcelona and Chelsea. Whether he continues with Schalke or not remains to be seen but there is absolutely no doubt that Meyer is earmarked for a bright future.

19. Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City

In such a short time, Ndidi has managed to establish himself as a key player for the Foxes. Ever since Claude Puel took charge, Leicester have miraculously managed to turn things around for themselves and Ndidi has played a crucial role in helping them doing that. Despite being just 21, Ndidi has displayed admirable skill and technicality playing alongside Vicente Iborra in the heart of the midfield. By the end of the season, Leicester will definitely start receiving offers for the talented star.

18. Youri Tielemans – Monaco

Tielemans is like the ideal midfielder and that is quite a huge deal for a player who is just 20 years of age. His passing range is absolutely top-notch and he is quite adept at surging forward and displaying his attacking prowess. Back at Anderlecht, the player scored goals day in and day out and was quite a strong talent. He has a long way ahead of him but if Tielemans continues playing this way, there is absolutely no doubt that he can make it far.

17. Julian Weigl – Borussia Dortmund

Weigl played a starring role for Dortmund during Thomas Tuchel’s tenure and he continues to be a crucial part of their team. Despite being a defensive midfielder by trade, Weigl can do quite a lot in attacking situations as well. At 22 years of age, Weigl is the heart of the Dortmund midfield and he is quite effective at pulling the strings to dictate proceedings while also maintaining a sense of fluidity in the game. Germany has produced some of the finest superstars of our times and Weigl certainly looks set to follow that path.

16. Thomas Lemar – Monaco

Lemar shot to fame last season when the defending Ligue 1 champions staged an incredible feat to win the trophy. He is extremely versatile and can play on either wing as well as through the centre. He is an out-and-out attacker and is one of Monaco’s most creative players. He continues to get targetted by big clubs in and around the Premier League and a move outside the Ligue 1 can work wonders at helping him develop and take his career to the next level.

15. Andre Silva – AC Milan

The 22-year-old has scored in all of his Europa League appearances so far this season. He has proven his mettle in the Serie A as well and he is deservedly regarded as one of the most exciting young strikers across Italy. However, he has found his time limited with the Italian giants this season. His finishing skills are absolutely impeccable and he is quite a well-rounded player. Known for his lightning-fast dribbling skills, Silva is fast on the verge of becoming one of the most sought-after strikers across the continent.

14. Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan

Donnarumma has endured a turbulent couple of months with Milan due to contractual issues and a couple of poor performances but there is no denying his talent. Despite being just 18 years of age, the young star is considered the heir apparent to Italy’s legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. He has earned several accolades for his displays in front of the net and one look at his lightning-fast reflexes and skills is more than enough to determine that he is one to keep an eye on.

13. Giovanni Simeone – Fiorentina

Son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, the young Simeone has managed to make a name for himself. The 22-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances as a striker and he can hope to achieve a lot in his career if he continues this way. He has scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists so far this season – which is not a bad figure for a young striker. In addition to that, Simeone is also a delight to watch on the field.

12. Moussa Dembele – Celtic

Dembele has been in the news for quite some time now and for all the right reasons. He has been in sensational form for the Scottish giants and at 21, he is regarded as one of the brightest attacking talents across leagues. In 23 appearances across competitions this season, Dembele has scored 9 goals so far. He combines his insane dribbling skills with his finishing capabilities and can often find the back of the net, making it all look so effortless.

11. Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

Rashford rose to prominence at Old Trafford as a teenager and has been a regular part of the first-team ever since. Now, at 20, he is regarded as one of the deadliest attacking options across the Premier League. Adept at scoring goals and creating as many opportunities, the young star is a fan favourite among the United faithful and with good reason. He was one of their most reliable players at a time when the club was performing poorly and he continues to be a pivotal figure for them up front.

Top 50 Young Footballers Final Part – (10-1)


Top 50 Young Footballers Final Part – (10-1)

To round off our countdown of the Top 50 young stars in the world of football at present, we now have our ultimate top ten list which includes some of the brightest and sharpest talents across leagues. It is definitely not easy to be a rising starlet at a time when football teams are chasing after superstars but now and then we see a truly exceptional player break through.

With that in mind, here is our list of the top ten.

10. Harry Winks – Tottenham Hotspur

At 22 years of age, Winks is rightfully regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the Premier League. He usually plays as a midfielder alongside Moussa Dembele or Eric Dier but he has been missing from action lately after picking up an injury. However, for a good majority of the current season and the previous one, Winks has impressed quite a lot of people and for all the right reasons. Blessed with a mature understanding of the game, Winks can contribute equally to the attack and defence and often acts as a glue to hold the two aspects of the team together.

9. Renato Sanches – Swansea- on loan from Bayern Munich

Currently serving a loan spell with Swansea City, the 20-year-old sensation is earmarked for a bright future and after taking a look at his performances, it does not come as a surprise. Known for his energetic performances, Sanches is quite a top-quality box-to-box midfielder and he does have an eye for scoring goals as well. He rose to prominence playing an important role for Portugal in their journey to securing the Euro 2016 title, which eventually earned him the Young Player of the Tournament award.

8. Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur

Alli is often at the receiving end of criticism for being too aggressive at times but the fact is that he is one of the brightest English talents at present. Having struck up quite a solid understanding with Harry Kane, Alli is a creative hub for goals and boasts of excellent attacking intent. Blessed with quick feet and efficient ball control, the young star has only gone from strength-to-strength for Spurs. In fact, he put in a particularly sublime performance when they played Real Madrid in a Champions League encounter this season and there seems to be no end to his potential.

7. Matthijs De Ligt – Ajax

Ajax are renowned for producing some of the best talents in the world of football currently and De Ligt is no different. He is quite the epitome of a true-blue ball-playing central defender and at 18 years of age, he has attracted quite a lot of attention from some of the biggest clubs across the world. He can make some important interceptions while also displaying some gutsy blocks and tackles and he is quite a key part of the Ajax team. The player also boasts of a penchant for finding the back of the net and he is quite a package.

6. Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

Rashford burst onto the scene with the Red Devils at a time when they were terribly struggling for pace and attacking intent. He got the goals and assists and immediately became a fan favourite at Old Trafford. Since then, he has managed to establish himself in the first-team and has retained his spot even though the club boasts of having some excellent attackers in the team. At just 20 years of age, he can truly reach great heights if he continues this way.

5. Leroy Sane – Manchester City

Anybody who has followed the Premier League season will be aware of the kind of brilliance Manchester City have displayed to rise to the top. And the 22-year-old attacker has played quite a hand at helping them reach where they are. Pep Guardiola’s men have been renowned for their blistering attack and Sane has simply been sensational for the club. He has already smashed 11 goals and provided 12 assists for the club and he looks set to finish the season on a strong note.

4. Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City

Jesus came into the team as a young, raw talent but currently, he plays like a top-class striker. One of Guardiola’s most trusted players, the 20-year-old has been in impeccable form for the Sky Blues and his performances were strong enough to keep City veteran Sergio Aguero out of regular action. Even now, the player continues to maintain his stronghold on his spot and he has even worked well with Aguero whenever Guardiola employed a two-striker formation. He has a long way ahead of him and he truly has the potential to become a lethal force to be reckoned with.

3. Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona

The 20-year-old is yet to make a name for himself at Barcelona due to injury troubles and all that but anybody who has seen him play for Borussia Dortmund will know that he is a dangerous player – for all the right reasons. He has quick feet and is very fast but boasts of excellent ball control at the same time. His crossing skills are absolutely top-notch and from what we have seen, he never backs down from a challenge. His passion and skill will take him far and it will be interesting to see how he fares for the Catalan giants.

2. Justin Kluivert – Ajax

Son of Patrick Kluivert, the 18-year-old has been a true revelation for the Dutch giants. He is a winger by trade and can play on either flank and is quite a threat despite being so young. Kluivert can capitalize even on the tiniest of gaps provided by the opposition and exploit the same relentlessly. The Dutchman can prove to be a nightmare for even the best defenders and he continues to get linked to a host of top-level clubs across Europe. Whether he chooses to move or not remains to be seen but there is no doubt that he is earmarked for a dazzling future.

1. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain

Mbappe rose to fame after AS Monaco’s spectacular Ligue 1 victory last season and his shine has not dulled even after completing a sensational, big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season. He is composed in front of the goal and is tactically intelligent as well, which is quite commendable since he is so young. At just 19 years of age, he can dribble and boss his way through the toughest of defences and he is already a force to be reckoned with. The young Frenchman has already scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists for PSG this season and he¬†looks unstoppable.