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25. Gerson – Roma
The 19-year-old Roma’s biggest attributes are his passing and, as mentioned previously, his versatility. He can play in attacking roles on either flank, as well as “in the hole”, and even a deeper Pogba-esque position in midfield.
24. Enes ünal – Manchester City
Unal is only 19, and spent last year plying his trade in Belgium and the Netherlands (for Genk and NAC Breda respectively). Although still clearly in the developmental phase of his career, the forward has nevertheless been described as a cunning, clinical goalscorer.
23. Isaac Success – Watford
Having just signed a five-year deal with Watford, Nigerian Isaac Success will certainly be one to watch next season. The 20 year old can be deployed in a variety of positions, including as a striker and midfielder, but seems to be most effective on either flank.
22. Valentin Cojucaru – Steaua Bucuresti
Young Romanian Cojucaru could be even more prominent – had a 2011 trial for Liverpool not fallen through. The 20 year old seems to be doing alright for himself, and is clearly being groomed to take the number one spot for club and country. And Cojucaru certainly has the size (6’5″) and ability to do so. Reportedly, he also has quite the knack for saving penalties.
21. Almamy Toure – Monaco
The young right back’s appearance at the Emirates was actually his first start for the club, and his Ligue 1 career has been progressing steadily ever since. Malian defender has notched four goals in that time – clearly demonstrating the pace, dribbling ability, and attacking instinct to thrive in the modern game. Despite this, Toure remains solid at the back. He’s a strong, tenacious customer, and a real handful for opposition wingers to break down.
20. Dominic Solanke – Chelsea
Dominic Solanke is a well-rounded centre forward, possessing all the attributes required to thrive in a few years. Speed, control, and a poacher’s instinct are all in his arsenal.
19. Oleksander Zinchenko – Manchester City
The Ukranian can reportedly play anywhere in midfield, but thrives on the left wing. Zinchenko has vision, skill, and technical ability in abundance, and City would well have unearthed a diamond in the rough this summer. He can even fill in at left back if needed!
18. Gaston Guruceaga – Penarol
Uruguay’s starting goalkeeper-in-waiting, it seems only a matter of time before Gatson Guruceaga catches the eye of a few European suitors. After impressing in the 2015 u20s Sudamericano and subsequently dominating the league campaign with champions Penarol, the 21 year old could well be on the cusp of greatness.
A hulking 6’4″, Guruceaga is a fantastic shot-stopper and cross-claimer, but his strengths aren’t limited to physical attributes. He is also thought to have a fantastic mentality for the game, and is always eager to calm and focus the defenders in front of him.
17. Gabriel Barbosa – Santos
Santos have a fearsome reputation when it comes to developing fantastic youth prospects, and Gabriel Barbosa could well be the latest. The striker has an incredible thirst for goal, and plays with a dogged tenacity whether up front on his own, or drifting inside from the right.
16. Munir – Barcelona
Cracking the Nou Camp is obviously no mean feat, and Munir has been forced out wide in search of a starting place, adapting his game in the process. Blessed with fantastic pace, it hasn’t been the hardest of transitions – but there’s a lingering sense that the 20 year old would prefer a more central role. Still young, there’s a strong possibility of Munir finding himself out on loan this season. He’s certainly one to watch, even if adaptation seems necessary in pursuit of success.
15. Jonathan Tah – Bayer Leverkusen
The centre back may be a youngster, but has quickly become one of the most crucial (and ever-present) names in Bayer Leverkusen’s starting lineup. The Hamburg native is exceptionally strong, fantastic in the air, and reads the game like a seasoned veteran. He may have only one cap for the German international side, but nobody would be surprised to see him factor heavily in the 2018 World Cup.
14. Simone Scuffet – Udinese
goalkeeping prospect Simone Scuffet seems to have a very wise head on his shoulders. Spurning a potentially disruptive transfer to Atletico Madrid, the Italian instead opted to build experience at lower division side Calcio Como.
13. Andreas Christensen – Borussia Monchengladbach (On Loan From Chelsea)
Danish defender Andreas Christensen scooped Moncehngladbach’s player of the year award for his efforts in the 2015/16 campaign. The 20 year old can play both centre back and right back, and is a key player in terms of attacking and defending set pieces. He’s not regarded as the quickest defender around, but is blessed with an exceptional ability to read the game.
12. Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea
The 22 year old boasts more experience than many on this list, as well as an impressive goalscoring record at his prior two clubs, Standard Liege and Marseilles.
11. Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht
Youri Tielemans boasts an impressive pedigree, even at the tender age of 19. A back-to-back holder of Belgium’s ‘Young Professional Footballer of the Year’ award, the midfielder has already accrued over 100 league appearances for Anderlecht.
10. Rubén Duarte – Espanyol
The past two seasons have seen Duarte a firm part of Espanyol’s starting lineup, sometimes switching between his natural left back position, and a berth in the centre of defense. Although not yet the most comfortable in possession, Duarte has largely been recognized as a quality defender, intercepting, tackling and heading with the best of them.
9. Rúben Neves – Porto
The Neves is an incredibly accomplished midfielder, one who acts as a metronome to dictate his team’s flow, and launch attacks from the centre of the park. A drawback is his physicality.
8. Gianluigi Donnarumma – Milan
17-year-old Donnarumma continues to impress with his physical attributes (he stands 6’5″), shot-stopping ability, and – perhaps most importantly – his incredible maturity.
7. Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
There’s no doubting the fact that the 18 year old has a knack for goalscoring – he scored 5 in those 11 games – an instinct which, when coupled with his pace and dribbling ability, could lead to a very bright future.
6. Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur
Unlike Rashford, he played a more pivotal role in his team’s 2015/16 campaign, taking part in 33 games for Spurs (and notching 10 goals in the process). A dangerous attacking midfielder, Alli is just as capable of threading a pinpoint through ball as he is smashing a 20 yard drive into the top corner.
5. Renato Sanches – Bayern Munich
The 18 year old midfielder may not have had the easiest time – his country only won one game in 90 minutes throughout the whole tournament – but he proved a very capable player on a huge stage. On the attacking side of things, the new Bayern Munich signee is also very capable. He possesses an incredibly cool head on the ball, and can often help dictate the direction and tempo of a game.
4. Leroy Sané – Schalke 04
2015/16 was a breakout season for the incredibly promising Leroy Sane. The young Germany winger notched eight goals in 33 appearances for Schalke, and provided a lot more in the process – often as a result of his devastating pace and creativity on the counter-attack.
3. Daniele Rugani – Juventus
Daniele Rugani is the latest in a long line of scarily talented Italian defensive prospects, a tradition that has perhaps come to define their international team more than anything else. He’s yet to scoop a cap for Italy, but will surely do so soon, having nailed down a starting centre back berth at Juventus. Rugani blends tactical nous with the physical attributes of a top-class centre back, and could well become one of the very best in the world at his position. He’s certainly in the perfect place to do so.
2. Alen Halilovi – Barcelona
Often likened to countryman Luka Modric, the midfielder certainly shares a lot of similarities with his fellow midfielder. Both are fairly small, incredibly able on the ball, and blessed with invaluable vision.
1. Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich (On Loan From Juventus)
The jet-heeled winger is currently in the midst of a two-year loan deal from Juventus to Bayern Munich, belying the level at which he’s expected to thrive. He also possesses the vision to occupy ‘the hole’, and – in a pinch – can even act as a striker himself.