FIFA 20: Career mode wonderkids with the highest potential

18 Sep

FIFA 20 is here and if you’re planning to get stuck into a game on Career Mode you’ll be desperate to land some top talent.
Everyone loves developing wonderkids and turning them into the best players on the planet, capable of demolishing every opponent you come up against.

Whether they’re to compliment the superstars already in your side and go from super subs to first-team heroes or whether you’re going to throw them in at the deep end, they can be a vital part of your squad.

But who are they players with the highest potential in FIFA 20? Thankfully EA Sports have let us in on the secret on their official website.

You can find you the top 20 below – so make sure you snap them up immediately.

20. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)

Current rating – 74

Potential rating – 89

19. Sandro Tonali (Brescia)

Current rating – 75

Potential rating – 89

Tonali has already featured in Italy squads
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18. Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

17. Moise Kean (Everton)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 89

Moise Kean has joined Everton from Juventus
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16. Lucas Paquetá – (Milan)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 89

15. Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyonnais)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

Aouar is a talented young midfielder who also offers versatility
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14. Lautaro Martínez (Inter)

Current rating – 81

Potential rating – 89

13. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

Alexander-Arnold is now a regular for England and Liverpool
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12. Luka Jović (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 83

Potential rating – 89

11. Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Current rating – 76

Potential rating – 90

There are high hopes for Foden at the Etihad Stadium
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10. Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 90

9. Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 91

De Jong joined Barcelona in the summer after a stunning campaign with Ajax
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8. Vinícius Jr. (Real Madrid)

Current rating – 79

Potential rating – 92

7. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho
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6. Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Current rating – 84

Potential rating – 92

Havertz is making a name for himself in the Bundesliga
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5. Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 92

Donnarumma is now into his fifth season as a first-team regular
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4. Leroy Sané (Manchester City)

Current rating – 86

Potential rating – 92

Leroy Sane scored 16 goals for Manchester City last season
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3. João Félix (Atlético de Madrid)

Current rating – 80

Potential rating – 93

Joao Felix is already impressing at Atletico Madrid
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2. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Piemonte Calcio)

Current rating – 85

Potential rating – 93

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the best centre backs in the world
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1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Current rating – 89

Potential rating – 95

Kylian Mbappe has again started the season well for PSG
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Transfer news and football gossip: Man United target £100m Sancho, Liverpool want £91m-rated Havertz, Henry ‘sneaks into Arsenal games’

22 Aug

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Manchester United are planning to make a £100m bid for England winger Jadon Sancho in the January transfer window, despite the 19-year-old just recently signing a new bumper contract with Borussia Dortmund – FULL STORY

Barcelona have had their first bid to sign Neymar, a loan with a €150m option to buy, rejected by Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 champions want €250m for the Brazilian – FULL STORY

England and Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho is a top target for Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window
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Cristiano Ronaldo claims Manchester United were wrong to pay £80m for Harry Maguire. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are among Europe’s top clubs interested in signing 20-year-old Germany forward Kai Havertz, who is valued at £91m by Bayer Leverkusen. (Sport1)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has yet to put pen to paper on his new £350,000-a-week deal, and could keep the club waiting until January. (The Sun)

Romelu Lukaku claims Manchester United failed to support and protect him before his Old Trafford exit – FULL STORY

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is attracting the interest of German side Bayer Leverkusen after failing to secure a move to Roma. (Bild)

Kai Havertz got 20 goals and seven assists in 42 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen last season – and has two in two this term
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Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants 20-year-old English midfielder Herbie Kane to play in their Carabao Cup campaign, ending the hopes of Portsmouth, Sunderland and Coventry of signing the youngster on loan. (Portsmouth News)

Tottenham are in talks to sell midfielder Victor Wanyama to Club Bruges for £11m. (Daily Telegraph)

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi wants to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea, but will consider his future in January if his game time does not improve. (Evening Standard)

Bayern Munich are open to selling 30-year-old centre-back Jerome Boateng for £22m. (Marca)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed he often slips into matches at Emirates Stadium unnoticed by fans in order to study his former club and improve his coaching. (Daily Telegraph)

Most valuable wonderkids in the world, including Ajax, Barcelona, and Liverpool stars

30 Apr

Ajax roll into London today bringing with them their latest batch of wonderkids as they attempt to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League.

The semi-finalists boast Frenkie de Jong, who has already signed an agreement to join Barcelona in the summer, Matthijs de Ligt, David Neres, and Donny van de Beek, who are all wanted by top European clubs.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric in the Champions League

Wonderkids are worth a lot of money these days with clubs willing to pay over the odds to claim a starlet with potential.

De Jong will cost Spanish giants Barca £65million thanks to his impressive talents in midfield, while many believe De Ligt could go for even more, despite the pair being 21 and 19, respectively.

But who are the most valuable players 21 and under in the world today? We took a look at Transfermarkt.co.uk to find out.

25= Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Cengiz Under (Roma) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Declan Rice (West Ham) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Declan Rice has impressed for West Ham this season

19= Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Ryan Sessegnon has bags of potential

19= Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Joao Felix (Benfica) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Felix is one of the hottest properties in Europe

16= Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Rodrygo (Santos) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

15. Richarlison (Everton) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £40.5million

Richarlison has been Everton’s talisman this season

11= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Juventus) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Eder Militao (Porto) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

10. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £49.5million

9. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, on loan at Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Christian Pulisic will be joining Chelsea in the summer

8. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £58.5million

6= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

Matthijs de Ligt is a leader for Ajax

6= Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

5. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £67.5million

Frenkie De Jong will be joining Barcelona in the summer

3= Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

3= Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

Sancho has been electric for Dortmund this season

2. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £108million

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £180million

Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup

Top 20 wonderkids in Europe’s top five leagues, including Liverpool star, Ex-Arsenal man, and Leicester aces

18 Apr

On Tuesday night, Matthijs de Ligt once again showed why he is considered one of the best young prospects in European football.

Still only 19, he netted the key goal for Ajax as they defeated Juventus in the Champions League and sealed their progression to the semi-finals of the competition.

De Ligt wheels away in celebration after sealing a monumental win for Ajax

Wonderfully composed, blessed technically and a strong presence too, it’s no wonder Barcelona are among the clubs expected stump up a huge fee for his transfer in the summer.

Given team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already joined the Spaniards for £65million, De Ligt may well leave for a similar, if not higher sum.

The Dutchman’s performances in the Champions League have shown he should be able to cope with the step up in league level, despite many still feeling the Eredivisie lacks any strength and depth. But who are the top wonderkids from Europe’s top five leagues?

We’ve taken a look at WhoScored.com and found out their top 20 players 23-years-old. You can see how they rank below.

20. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 7.13/10 on WhoScored.com

Already plenty of Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the attacking midfielder thanks to his 13 goals and three assists this campaign. He’s just 19 and has potential to become one of the best in Europe.

18= Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 7.14/10 on WhoScored.com

After a successful loan spell, the striker has now joined the Bundesliga side permanently after a terrific season which has seen the 21-year-old net 17 goals as he links tremendously with Sebastien Haller. Good in the air, as well as with the ball at his feet, Benfica may regret letting him go so easily.

18= Fabian Ruiz (Napoli) – 7.14/10 on WhoScored.com

Already proving a fine addition following his summer move from Real Betis, the Spain Under-21 ace is set to be one of the best playmakers in Europe.

17. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 7.15/10 on WhoScored.com

According to reports, the Germany international is Liverpool’s top summer target and could move for as low as £43million as he contract expires in 2020. He could be superb linking up again with former team-mate Naby Keita.

16. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) – 7.18/10 on WhoScored.com

Arsenal must be kicking themselves having seen his career blossom back in his homeland. Gnabry could get even better if he improves himself defensively and adds some more assists to his season tally.

15. Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse) – 7.19/10 on WhoScored.com

Currently forging a reputation for himself in France as a fine defensive midfielder, Sangare will be on a few radars this summer. Don’t sleep on his excellent passing either, he’s got excellent technical capabilities.

14. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) – 7.20/10 on WhoScored.com

The Nigerian has been phenomenal for two seasons now and plays a key role in the Foxes midfield. If Brendan Rodgers can keep him this summer the club could really push the top six if they make the right signings.

13. Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig) – 7.21/10 on WhoScored.com

Strong in the air and a master at keeping it simple, Konate is excelling the Bundesliga. Arsenal are reportedly looking at the Frenchman and it unsurprising. He could with improving his passing but he still moves the ball forward well.

12. James Maddison (Leicester City) – 7.22/10 on WhoScored.com

The midfielder has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water and looks like he’s got the potential to get even better, especially with someone like Ndidi offering protection behind him.

11. Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) – 7.23/10 on WhoScored.com

A fine dribbler, he still get lots to work on, but he’s getting there. He’s added more goals to his games but is under performing his expected assists, according to UnderStat.com. He got seven last year but has just three this season.

10. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 7.25/10 on WhoScored.com

The Reds right-back has been wowing for some time now and remains one of the best talents in Europe. He’s, quite frankly, approaching the finished article and has contributed significantly to his club’s stunning season.

9. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – 7.27/10 on WhoScored.com

The winger turned full-back is almost certainly set for a huge transfer, whether it is sooner or later. The long-legged 21-year-old executes superbly-timed challenges and has the pace to go toe-to-toe with any winger. He’s got great ability progressing the football too, so it wasn’t a surprise when Tottenham Hotspur used Danny Rose to handle him – a huge compliment.

8. Joelinton (Hoffenheim) – 7.29/10 on WhoScored.com

After a two-year loan spell with Rapid Vienna, the Brazilian forward has impressed under Julian Nagelsmann. He’s got seven goals and five assists this season while he’s happy to contribute defensively too, making 2.2 tackles per game.

7. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – 7.30/10 on WhoScored.com

The talented France ace is finding his feet at the Nou Camp this season and almost landed a knockout blow to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. He’s still improving – and still only 21 – while being third fiddle to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez has meant it’s been tricky for him to fully flourish.

6. Rodrigo (Atletico Madrid) – 7.31/10 on WhoScored.com

Diego Simeone’s side have had a mixed season but their new central midfielder is making a real difference. Not only is he exceptionally tidy in possession but he fits perfectly into his Argentine boss’ system at 22.

5. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – 7.37/10 on WhoScored.com

After being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, Leroy Sane started the campaign like a man possessed. And, just like his playing style, the winger has not let up as the season has progressed by tearing through some of the best defences in the country. Under Pep Guardiola, Sane continues to develop and has all the skills to go right to the very top.

4. Youcef Atal (Nice) – 7.40/10 on WhoScored.com

From virtual unknown to an in-demand full-back, the Algerian is some talent. Not only does he rack up fine defensive numbers but he contributes massively in attacking phases too – key for a modern right-back. Whether he could play as high up the pitch if he moved to another club would be interesting.

3. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 7.51/10 on WhoScored.com

Making waves in the Bundesliga, the English talent has justified his decision to leave Manchester City. He’s a fantastic impact player right now and if he can turn in impressive displays over 90 minutes he’ll have the world at his feet.

2. Nicolas Pepe (Lille) – 7.64/10 on WhoScored.com

Wanted by numerous elite European clubs, Pepe seems set to join one this summer. The fact he could break Eden Hazard’s single-season goal tally at Lille is testament to his ability.

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7.94/10 on WhoScored.com

He didn’t rest on his laurels after an incredible World Cup. He’s hit 27 goals in Ligue 1 this season, while also making seven assists. It makes even better reading when you consider he plays alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani – what a player!

Football Manager 2019: 50 wonderkids you must sign

18 Mar

Football Manager 2019 has been out for a while but the winter update is now available so you can get all the latest information on your game including the current wonderkids in world football.

The managerial changes which have taken place are included, along with all the January transfers, promotions and relegations are in it too.

Football Manager 2019 is out now.

But who are the top 50 starlets you can sign in the game under the age of 20 on July 1, 2018 in the game?

Thankfully the folks over at the excellent FMScout.com have figured out the best wonderkids around, although you might have to be in charge of a hefty budget to afford their transfer fees.

So which starlets should you be signing? Find out below.

*Some players may not be available on every game to due to differing database sizes

Josh Tymon (Hull City) – Age 19 – Value = £750k

Position – Full-back

Top attributes – Crossing, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Bravery, Determination, and Work Rate

Marquinhos Cipriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) – Age 19 – Value = £3.5m

Position – Right winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, Finishing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Agility, and Natural Fitness

Paulinho (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age 17 – Value = £8.75m

Position – Left winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Long Shots, Technique, Bravery, Flair, Off The Ball, Balance, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Ferran Torres (Valencia) – Age 18 – Value = £1.3m

Position – Right winger

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Determination, Flair, Acceleration, Agility, and Pace

Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart) – Age 20 – Value = £6.75m

Position – Full-back and Wing-back

Top attributes – Dribbling, Marking, Tackling, Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Manchester City FC transfer news: Defender Pablo Maffeo to leave for Stuttgart
Maffeo impressed in a loan spell with Girona before joining Stuttgart

Arne Maier (Hertha Berlin) – Age 19 – Value = £8.5m

Position – Central midfield (Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Anticipation, Composure, Teamwork, Vision, Acceleration, Natural Fitness, and Stamina

Carles Alena (Barcelona) – Age 20 – Value = £2.1m

Position Central midfield and Attacking Midfield

Top attributes – Corners, Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Determination, Flair, and Natural Fitness

Angel Gomes (Manchester United) – Age 17 – Value = £850k

Position – Attacking Midfield (Trequartista)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Technique,  Flair, Acceleration, and Pace

Angel Gomes in action against Huddersfield.

Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £11.25m

Position – Striker (Pressing Forward and Poacher)

Top attributes – Finishing, Heading, Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Cengiz Under (Roma) – Age 20 – Value = £19.75m

Position – Right winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Technique, Anticipation, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Under’s rise to stardom has been rapid, and Arsenal are big fans

Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) – Age 20 – Value = £13.25m

Position – Central Midfield (Mezzala and Box-To-Box Midfielder)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Long Shots, Technique, Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) – Age 19 – Value = £13.75m

Position – Full-back

Top attributes – Dribbling, Technique, Aggression, Anticipation, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate

Exequiel Palacios (River Plate) – Age 19 – Value = £5.5m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker and Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Teamwork, and Vision

Willem Geubbels (Monaco) – Age 16 – Value = £675k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Bravery, Composure, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Work Rate, Acceleration, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, and Pace

 

Elias Abouchabaka (Greuther Furth, on loan from RB Leipzig) – Age 18 – Value = £450k

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, and Agility

Mickael Cuisance (Borussia Monchengladbach) – Age 18 – Value = £4.3m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker and Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – Crossing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Vision, Agility, and Natural Fitness

Gedson Fernandes (Benfica) – Age 19 – Value = £8m

Position – Central Midfield (Box-To-Box Midfielder)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique, Aggression, Bravery, Composure, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina.

Alban Lafont (Fiorentina) – Age 19 – Value = £5m

Position – Goalkeeper (Sweeper Keeper)

Top attributes – Aerial Reach, One On Ones, Reflexes, Rushing Out, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Agility, Balance, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength

Lafont was wanted by Arsenal at one point.

Moise Kean (Juventus) – Age 18 – Value = £2.5m

Position – Left winger (Inside Forward) and Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, Heading, Aggression, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, and Pace.

Amadou Diawara (Napoli) – Age 20 – Value = £17.5m

Position – Central Midfield (Central Midfielder)

Top attributes – First Touch, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Aggression, Bravery, Decisions, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) – Age 18 – Value = £9.25m

Position – Left winger (Inside Forward) and Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Vision, and Acceleration

Woodburn has played seven times for Wales

Lee Kangin (Valencia) – Age 17 – Value = £145k

Position – MC, AMC

Top attributes – First Touch, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Vision, Acceleration, Agility, and Pace

Sandro Tonali (Brescia) – Age 18 – Value = £1.2m

Position – Defensive Midfield (Deep Lying Playmaker)

Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Teamwork, and Work Rate

Italian wonderkid Tonali has already had a senior call-up for Italy

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – Age 18 – Value = £14m

Position – Left Midfield (Inverted winger) and Left Winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Flair, Vision, Acceleration, and Agility

Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – Age 19 – Value = £8.25m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker and Deep Lying Playmaker) and Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Decisions, Determination, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, Agility, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Aouar has been compared to Barca and former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho

Johannes Eggestein (Werder Bremen) – Age 20 – Value = £2.2m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward and Deep Lying Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Anticipation, Teamwork, Work Rate, Balance, and Natural Fitness

Pelayo Morilla  (Sporting Gijon) – Age 16 – Value = £225k

Position – Attacking Midfield (Trequartista)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Vision, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Juan Hernandez (Watford) – Age 19 – Value = £8.5m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Technique, Bravery, Composure, Concentration, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Vision, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina

Filip Benkovic (Celtic, on loan from Leicester City) – Age 20 – Value = £8.25m

Position – Central Defender

Top attributes – Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling, Aggression, Anticipation, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength.

Filip Benkovic is starring in Scotland

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax) – Age 16 – Value = £250k

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, First Touch, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Flair, and Agility

Brenner (Sao Paulo) – Age 18 – Value = £230k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Age 19 – Value = £18.75m

Position – Goalkeeper (Sweeper Keeper)

Top attributes – Aerial Reach, Command Of Area, Handling, One On Ones, Reflexes, Tendency To Punch, Bravery, Composure, Determination, Teamwork, Agility, Balance, Jumping Reach, Natural Fitness, and Strength

Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – Age 20 – Value = £25m

Position – Right Winger (Winger)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Determination, Off The Ball, Work Rate, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Chiesa is the son of Italy hero Enrico.

Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from Benfica) – Age 20 – Value = £8.5m

Position – Striker (Poacher)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Anticipation, Bravery, Off The Ball, Agility, and Balance

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Age 18 – Value = £7.25m

Position – Centre-back (Ball Playing Defender)

Top attributes – Heading, Passing, Tackling, Bravery, Determination, Work Rate, Agility, Balance, and Jumping Reach

Matthijs de Ligt became the first defender to win the Golden Boy award last year

Abel Ruiz (Barcelona) – Age 18 – Value = £625k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Decisions, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – Age 19 – Value = £35m

Position – Wing-back

Top attributes – Crossing, Dribbling, First Touch, Tackling, Technique, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate, Acceleration and Pace

Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £9.25m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Bravery, Determination, Flair, Vision, and Agility.

Phil Foden (Manchester City) – Age 18 – Value = £30.5m

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Flair, Vision, Acceleration, and Agility

Pep Guardiola rates Foden highly

Sergio Gomez (Borussia Dortmund) – Age 17 – Value = £2.1m

Position – Central Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Vision, and Agility

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Age 17 – Value = £4.5m

Position – Left Winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Technique, Anticipation, Determination, Flair, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Vinicius Junior has impressed this season for Madrid

Amine Gouiri (Lyon) – Age 18 – Value = £800k

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Determination, Off The Ball, Agility, Balance, and Natural Fitness

Fiete Arp (Hamburg) – Age 18 – Value = £2.9m

Position – Striker (Deep Lying Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Long Shots, Technique, Anticipation, Bravery, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Arp has already earned comparisons with Harry Kane since breaking onto the scene with Hamburg

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) – Age 20 – Value = £18.5m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Anticipation, Bravery, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, Stamina, and Strength

Fabio Silva (Porto) – Age 15 – Value = £9,000

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Determination, Flair, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age 19 – Value = £18.75m

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, Natural Fitness, and Pace

Havertz has caught Arsenal’s eye

Pietro Pellegri (Monaco) – Age 17 – Value = £1.3m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward)

Top attributes – Finishing, First Touch, Bravery, Determination, Off The Ball, Work Rate, Jumping Reach, and Strength

Joao Felix (Benfica) – Age 18 – Value = £3.1m

Position – Attacking Midfield (Advanced Playmaker)

Top attributes – Dribbling, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Composure, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Vision, Agility, Balance, and Pace

Scouts have watched a number of Joao Felix’s games

Rodrygo (Santos, signing for Real Madrid) – Age 17 – Value = £1.8m

Position – Left Winger (Inside Forward)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Passing, Technique, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, and Agility

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Age 19 – Value = £71m

Position – Striker (Advanced Forward) and Right Winger (Winger)

Top attributes – Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Flair, Off The Ball, Acceleration, and Pace

Kylian Mbappe is one of the world’s best young talents

Top 10 Under-21 footballers in Europe this season, including Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho

1 Mar

Wonderkids are the way forward at the moment as top European clubs target the next big thing in the transfer market.

Manchester United are just one such club and have been linked with Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho.

Borussia Dortmund have reportedly told Manchester United Sancho will cost £70million

They’re not the only youngsters impressing around Europe though.

But who are the best of the bunch when it comes to the world’s best wonderkids?

WhoScored have compiled the list with the requirements being that they are 21 or under and have made at least 20 appearances.

Kylian Mbappe has established himself as one of the best players in Europe

10. Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes) – 7.08 rating from 22 appearances

En-Nesyri became the first Leganes player to score a La Liga hat-trick last month and has eight goals to his name this campaign.

The 21-year-old signed for the club from Malaga, following their relegation, and has already doubled his goal tally from last season.

9. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 7.13 rating from 23 appearances

The midfielder has nine goals and three assists in the Bundesliga, a phenomenal return for a 19-year-old.

Unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich are interested in signing the Germany international.

Kai Havertz has attracted interest from Bayern Munich

8. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – 7.14 rating from 25 appearances

The 21-year-old has five goals and three Serie A assists from midfield this season.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be closely watching him and are ready to pounce if he wants to move away from Italy.

7. Christian Kouame (Genoa) – 7.15 rating from 25 appearances

The forward, 21, may only have four goals to his name this season but is quick and excellent in the air.

Only two players have won more aerial duels per game in Serie A than the Genoa striker (5.2).

He has attracted interested from Napoli and Juventus who both are keen on signing him in the summer.

6. Luka Jovic (Frankfurt) – 7.21 rating from 21 appearances

Jovic’s 15 Bundesliga goals this term have caught the attention of Manchester City who are reportedly monitoring his situation.

The 21-year-old forward is only on loan at Frankfurt, from Benfica, but they are set to trigger a clause in their agreement to make the move permanent.

Luka Jovic has 15 Bundesliga goals this season

5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – 7.23 rating in 25 appearances

The right-back has established himself as a regular in Roy Hodgson’s side.

Crystal Palace may have a tough job keeping hold of him in the summer, though, as a number of clubs are chasing him.

Arsenal are also in the running for the £40million-rated 21-year-old.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed at Palace

4. Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) – 7.25 rating in 23 appearances

Saint-Maximin’s performances have attracted a lot of attention from top clubs around Europe, including AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

The 21-year-old angered his club in February, though, when he missed their 3-0 defeat at Angers without permission citing stomach troubles as the reason.

3. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – 7.41 rating in 22 appearances

Forward Dembele has flourished this season and added a different dimension to Barcelona’s attack.

The 21-year-old might not get the same number of goals that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have for Barcelona but he has hit the net eight times and assisted four more in La Liga.

Ousmane Dembele has flourished this season

2. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 7.53 rating in 23 appearances

The England international is a star of the Bundesliga this season and has nine goals and 10 assists in all competitions.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Europe and for good reason.

Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7.99 rating in 20 appearances

After winning the World Cup with France last summer, Mbappe has consistently reaffirmed his credentials as a world-class player.

He has 27 goals in 31 games in all competitions for PSG and there is no surprise the 20-year-old ranks at the top of this list.

Mbappe has 27 goals in all competitions for PSG

In fact, only Lionel Messi and Neymar have a better WhoScored rating than Mbappe this season from Europe’s top five leagues.

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners lining up Kai Havertz as potential Mesut Ozil replacement

16 Feb

Arsenal are looking at rising Bundesliga star Kai Havertz as a potential replacement for Gunners outcast Mesut Ozil, reports claim.

Ozil has been a bit-part player since the arrival of Unai Emery and does not appear to feature in the manager’s long-term plans.

Havertz has caught Arsenal’s eye

And according to The Sun, the German playmaker is refusing to leave the club.

The 30-year-old, who is Arsenal’s highest-earning player on a whopping £350,000-a-week, is reportedly happy in London and plans to run down the final two years on his contract.

However, the Gunners are already plotting life after his departure, and Bayer Leverkusen superstar Havertz has emerged as a primary target.

The 19-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm, with eleven goals and six assists in an eye-catching season.

And Italian outlet Calciomercato reports that the Gunners are ready to make their move this summer, if they can shift Ozil.

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Paul Merson admits he has been left baffled by Ozil’s absence from the Gunners squad.

Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal days seem numbered

“You play your best players and work around them,” he told Sky Sports News. “Ozil is Arsenal’s best player and he doesn’t play, it beats me.

“He must sit at home and watch Arsenal and think ‘how am I not getting into this team?’

“I don’t know if they are trying to push him into retirement, because he must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can’t get into Arsenal’s team.”

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Five possible replacements for Christian Eriksen, including German ‘all-rounder’, £88m-rated star and Spain international

17 Jan

Tottenham Hotspur have just lost the Champions League final and now must face up to the fact they are set to lose Christian Eriksen in the transfer window.

Spurs want their Danish ace to sign a new contract but at the moment his pen seems a long way from the paper and it’s believed he could now choose to leave the club in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen will be tough to replace.

With one year left on his current deal and Real Madrid and Barcelona keen on his services a big-money move could happen before the start of next season.

Eriksen’s time with Tottenham Hotspur, despite a lack of silverware, has been a huge success and seen him develop into one of the world’s best playmakers.

In five and a half seasons he’s scored 45 goals and registered 56 assists so he’s be tough to replace for Mauricio Pochettino.

 

“I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new,” Eriksen told the Danish newspaper, Ekstra Bladet. “I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.

“I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly but in football things take time.”

Asked about possible locations, he added: “Real Madrid is a step up but then it would take Real Madrid picking up the phone and making contact with Tottenham and say that they want Christian. And that they haven’t done as far as I know.

Eriksen couldn’t help Tottenham Hotspur win the Champions League in Madrid
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“It all depends on Daniel Levy and there has to be another club too. Or I will sit down myself at the table and negotiate a new contract. You can’t set a date yourself. There aren’t many boxes that Tottenham don’t tick so if I have to move away, it would have to be a step up.”

So, who could Spurs attempt to sign?

Nabil Fekir (Lyon)

With rumours of Eriksen’s departure beginning to increase in January, Tottenham were immediately been linked with a move for France international Fekir.

His move to Liverpool fell through last summer and Chelsea are also believed to be interested in his services.

Even though there are concerns over his previous knee injuries, he’s started 24 Ligue 1 games, scoring nine goals and assisting seven.

Lyon ace Fekir could have moved to the Premier League last summer.

Eriksen is the more tidy of the two but Fekir has the potential to add more goals and keep up a decent level of creativity with 2.3 key passes per 90 minutes.

His defensive contributions aren’t too shabby either but it’s hard to keep up with Eriksen’s impressive work rate.

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Tottenham were linked with the young German ace last season and it’s no surprise with a number of top European clubs keeping a close eye on him.

Once again, Spurs will have it tough to find a player with the defensive work rate of Eriksen but Havertz’s running is pretty good.

His movement between the lines and smart choices under pressure when it comes to possession will certainly dampen the blow of losing the Dane.

Havertz is developing into one of the best young talents in world football.

The 19-year-old, perhaps surprisingly, has fired off more shots per game this season and does offer adaptability in a positional sense, much like Eriksen.

Havertz offers extra height for Spurs at 6ft 2in, making him an extremely well-rounded player for his age or ‘Alleskunner’ as some in the German press refer to him, while he’s also been spoken of as a mix of Mesut Ozil and Michael Ballack.

He could cost a big fee given his age and his potential though with Bayer Leverkusen rejecting an £80million bid.

A spokesman for the club told Goal.com: “A transfer of Kai Havertz is impossible. And we don’t participate in speculation about real or unreal offers for the player.”

Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis)

He’s the name on every Spurs fan’s lips right now given the club are being linked with a huge bid for his services.

Having thrilled on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, Betis snapped him up permanently for around £26.5million earlier in 2019 but they could now make three times that by selling on to an eager Tottenham.

Lo Celso scored 15 goals in all competitions for Real Betis
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Not only did the Argentine ace score nine goals and assist four others he contributed fantastically in a defensive sense with 1.9 tackles per 90 minutes, while his 2.9 successful dribbles per 90 make him a box-to-box threat if they play him in a midfield three.

It’s believed Lo Celso wants to push the move through with Spurs unwillingly to pay his £88million release clause as of yet.

Manchester United also have interest but it isn’t too likely this will happen, particularly given the player’s idol is Angel di Maria.

James Maddison (Leicester City)

The Premier League’s creator-in-chief in 2018/19, the English starlet made more chances for his team-mates (100) than any other player.

Still, though, Gareth Southgate has been reluctant to hand the 22-year-old an international call-up, which will no doubt rankle.

Maddison seamlessly adapted to life in the top flight last season
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He’s now being linked with a huge £60million switch after just one top-flight season and it’s no surprise either.

His 3.2 key passes per 90 minutes are exactly what Spurs will be looking for to replace Eriksen, while he looks a dab hand at set-pieces, much like the Danish ace.

Maddison showed his adaptability too, playing on the left wing on occasion, as well as spells in roles as a No.8 and a No.10.

The fact he’ll contribute to Spurs’ homegrown quota will be a huge bonus too given their Champions League issues with Ben Davies and Eric Dier.

Isco (Real Madrid)

Having fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu, this transfer isn’t as farfetched as you would believe.

According to the Daily Mirror in January, agents have been sounding out Premier League clubs with Manchester City and Chelsea well placed to land him.

Tottenham, though, might trump the duo having almost landed the Spain international in 2016.

Isco has struggled for game time this season at the Bernabeu and could now move on.

Mauricio Pochettino attempted to sign the midfielder on loan but missed out.

“Every coach wants to sign the best players,” Pochettino said when asked about his Isco bid. “And Isco is proving he is one of the best players in the world.

“We have known about him for a while, I have seen him in different clubs in his career, and he has always been a player with great creativity, great capability, beyond the average.

“His magic and quality are absolutely obvious.

Could he join Spurs as part of a swap with Eriksen?

Arsenal transfer latest: Eight stars who could replace Mesut Ozil in the summer including Bundesliga wonderkids and Real Madrid star

15 Jan

Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career appears to be in jeopardy just 12 months after signing a lucrative new deal.

The German midfielder was completely left out of the squad in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United by boss Unai Emery.

Ozil’s time in north London appears to be coming to an end

Although the Gunners looked devoid of ideas at times at the London Stadium, Emery seems to have lost patience with a player who seems to have reached his peak.

Talented and erratic in equal measure, the 30-year-old’s inconsistency has continued to divide and infuriate fans.

With his contract running out last January (and with Alexis Sanchez en route to Old Trafford) the Arsenal board baulked to the playmaker’s demands and rewarded him with a whopping £350,000-a-week deal.

But just 12 months later it appears as though his place in the team is no longer guaranteed and a move away from the Emirates in the summer would suit all parties.

Emery’s decision to leave Ozil out of the side to face West Ham was damning

But just who could Arsenal replace him with in six months time?

Scroll down to see eight potential Ozil replacements for Arsenal and how they could feature in north London.

James Rodriguez – Real Madrid (On loan at Bayern Munich)

Rodriguez could be available in the summer

The Colombia superstar has seen his game time in Bavaria drop massively since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti last season.

Under Jupp Heyneckes, James featured and helped Bayern win another Bundesliga title but it has been a different story under Niko Kovac this campaign.

His two-year loan deal at the Allianz Arena will be coming to an end this summer and, with no guarantees he will play on his retun to the Bernabue, a move to the Premier League could happen.

How would he fit in?

Almost a like-for-like replacement, Rodriguez would be at home in the No.10 role

Kai Havertz – Bayer Leverkusen

Havertz is making waves in the Bundesliga already

Bayer Leverkusen have a long tradition of producing technically gifted midfielders; Toni Kroos, Michael Ballack and Bernd Schuster all made their name donning the black and red strip.

Havertz is the latest midfielder to graduate from the Die Werkself academy and is seriously making a name for himself.

Blessed with a fantastic football brain, incredible skills and great physical prowess, the 19-year-old seems perfectly suited for the English top-flight.

How would he fit in?

Havertz is versatile enough to drift in from the right and cause untold problems

Isco – Real Madrid

The Spanish wizard looks set to leave the Bernabeu this summer

The struggles of Isco at Real Madrid since his move in 2013 are enough to confound even the most ardent Barcelona fan.

Perhaps the most naturally gifted playmaker of his generation, the Spain international has never managed to nail down a starting role at the Bernabeu long enough to showcase his ability.

With Santiago Solari preferring to use players in midfield willing to run themselves into the ground, the 26-year-old’s career appears to be over in Madrid.

How would he fit in?

Give the midfielder freedom to create and watch the assists roll in

Denis Suarez – Barcelona

Denis Suarez may have to wait until the summer to leave Barca

One of the main stories from the current January transfer window is the proposed move of Suarez to Arsenal.

Having fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou and with Emery keen on a reunion, a move to the Emirates seems likely.

However, with talks seemingly stalling, a summer transfer looks increasingly likely.

How would he fit in?

Although he can play out wide, Suarez is at his best when deployed through the middle

Nabil Fekir – Olympique Lyonnais

Fekir could finally get his Premier League move

After months of pursuing the World Cup winner, Liverpool and Chelsea admitted defeat in the summer and signed other targets.

However, Fekir may well be back on the market this summer.

After being left out of the French Cup squad at the turn of the year, speculation about a move began to intensify. He will have just a year left on his contract in the summer so expect bids to fly in.

How would he fit in?

The midfielder would thrive in a free-roaming role behind the pacy Aubameyang

Yannick Carrasco – Dalian Yifang

The former Atletico man will surely want to test himself against the best in Europe once again

Carrasco’s move to the Chinese Super League has worked out rather nicely for him.

The former Atletico Madrid forward is destroying defenders for fun and is still linked with a return to a top European league.

Although Manchester United are reportedly interested, Unai Emery could well tempt the 25-year-old to come to Arsenal with regular game time.

How would he fit in?

The Gunners could have a side to be feared with if Carrasco joins in the summer

Cristian Pavon – Boca Juniors

The winger looks destined to get a lucrative move to Europe in the near future

Last January, the Gunners were continuously linked with a move for the wide forward after his impressive displays for Boca.

Having made his Argentina debut and played at the World Cup in the space of just seven months, it’s fair to say the 22-year-old’s rise has been meteoric.

Gunners fans would have to be patient for him to settle, but a move could unlock his undoubted potential.

How would he fit in?

Teams would struggle to stop Arsenal’s attacking trio

Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen

The winger is one of the hottest properties in world football

Another Bundesliga wonderkid for the list, Bailey came to the attention of world football as he burst onto the scene with his electric and direct style of play.

Although he was tipped for a shock call-up to England’s World Cup squad, the 21-year-old ultimately pledged his international allegiance to Jamaica.

Hvaing revealed to FourFourTwo he has rejected big-money moves for fear of rushing his career the time may now be right to kick on and take his footballing education to the next level.

How would he fit in?

The winger will be 22 in the summer and would fit in on the right-hand side for the Gunners

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

The winger could well be in demand once again this summer

Zaha’s loyalty to boyhood club Crystal Palace is certainly admirable, but the Ivory Coast international will be wary of spending his best years fighting relegation.

Although he signed a new deal in the summer, this may well be Palace’s way of merely ramping up his transfer value.

A move to Manchester United in 2013 did not work out, but the 26-year-old has matured into one of the most dangerous wingers in the Premier League since then.

How would he fit in?

Teams at home and in Europe would struggle to deal with Arsenal’s pace up top

The best Under-21 wonderkids in Europe’s top five leagues, according to statistics

16 Oct

Everyone loves a wonderkid. You just can’t beat the thrill of watching an academy starlet burst onto the scene and show the world their talents.

Jadon Sancho left England in 2017 because he felt his pathway to first-team football at Manchester City was crowded and he’s been vindicated as he stars for Borussia Dortmund in the No.7 shirt aged just 18.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kai Havertz, and Jadon Sancho are just three wonderkids impressing this season.

He’s just one of the talented starlets currently thrilling in Europe, but who are the others making waves across the continent?

talkSPORT’s taken a look at the statistics and we’ll certainly be keeping a keen eye on the performances of this lot.

Scroll down to find out the top 15 players under 21-years-old in Europe’s top five leagues, according to WhoScored.com…

15. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – WhoScored rating – 6.89

After two impressive seasons, Havertz is now attempting to step up once more, still aged just 19. He’s not doing too badly either. He has seen a slight regression in some areas but is now a far more accurate passer this season as Leverkusen struggle at the wrong end of the Bundesliga table.

14. Oscar Rodriguez (Leganes) – WhoScored rating – 6.89

On loan from Real Madrid, the midfielder is forcing his way into the first-team at Leganes as they attempt to avoid relegation. He’s played off the left and also in a central role and is already averaging 1.6 key passes per game and 2.2 shots, which is pretty good going given his limited time on the pitch. A goal against Barcelona in a 2-1 win will go a long way to appeasing his parent club too.

Rodriguez scored in Leganes’ 2-1 win over Barcelona.

13. Pedro Porro (Girona) – WhoScored rating – 6.90

In his first campaign for the club, Porro is certainly making an impact as he converts from winger to full-back. According to reports in Spain, he turned down offers from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich when he joined the club from Rayo Vallecano. Upon his ascent to the first-team this season, Eusebio Sacristan described him as ‘a bold and cheeky guy’ and if his development continues it will have been an incredible coup for Girona.

12. Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – WhoScored rating – 6.91

One of the jewels in the French side’s young and talented team, Aouar is drifting to the left side as he continues to prove himself a versatile member of Bruno Genesio’s first XI. He’s played in the middle of a two-man midfield, on the left of a three, and as a left winger so far and will continue to impress in each position with his deft dribbling and fine eye for a pass, both long and short.

Aouar celebrates scoring in Ligue 1 this season.

11. Jean-Clair Todibo (Toulouse) – WhoScored rating – 6.97

Even though the French centre-back has had two big set-backs in the shape of an early red card against Guingamp and a harsh penalty against Rennes, Todibo is still having a good season. Toulouse avoided relegation last season by winning a play-off match and now find themselves in the top half of the table. Much of that is down to the partnership he is building with Christopher Jullien in an attacking side under Alain Casanova.

10. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – WhoScored rating – 7.02

The young right-back has now established himself as Liverpool’s first-choice in the position and is a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England squads. He still has occasional lapses defensively but is continuing to develop into an elite player at just 20-years-old.

9. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – WhoScored rating – 7.05

Now being affectionately labelled the ‘Assist King’ thanks to his creative performances from the bench for the German giants. It’s now not only his exceptional dribbling but also it’s his incisive passing doing the damage and has earned himself an international call-up with England.

Sancho in now a full England international.

8. Ibrahima Sissoko (Strasbourg) – WhoScored rating – 7.13

Signed from Brest in the summer, Sissoko has taken to Strasbourg like a duck to water. The central midfielder may be a big presence in midfield but don’t ignore the technical element of his game which allows him to progress with the ball, find team-mates and execute smart passes. A delicate flicked finish from a corner against Bordeaux while holding off a defender proves he’s got the perfect blend of physical and technical ability.

7. Christian Kouame (Genoa) – WhoScored rating – 7.18

You may well have heard of Krzysztof Piatek this season and now it’s time to acquaint yourself with his strike partner. When you’re watching the Polish star score you’ll see Kouame alongside him making space with his intelligent movement or giving him the ball. His two assists against Frosinone show he can be a target man and knock the ball down or drift wide and deliver crosses/passes to the goal hungry Piatek. After doing well with Cittadella in Serie B last-term, Kouame is now at proving he can step up in one of the big five leagues too.

6. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – WhoScored rating – 7.27

Able to play on both wings, the pacy dribbler is thrilling for La Viola and he’s happy to do his defensive duties too, so it’s no wonder he’s already a regular at international level. There is already talk of a £50million transfer for Chiesa but that may undervalue him given his potential.

Chiesa is the son of Italy hero Enrico.

5. Nordi Mukiele (RB Leipzig) – WhoScored rating – 7.31

After some truly excellent matches for Montpellier last season, Mukiele has now taken his mature performances to the Bundesliga. He’s dealing with the transition pretty well considering he’s just 20 and handling comparisons to Lilian Thuram too. A poor showing against Red Bull Salzburg after using a mobile phone pre-game resulted in disciplinary action from Ralf Rangnick but hopefully his lesson will have been learnt.

4. Javairo Dilrosun (Hertha Berlin) – WhoScored rating – 7.36

The Dutch starlet joined the German side after leaving Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer and is now thrilling with his skilful dribbling and excellent final ball. He’s managed two goals and three assists this season so far and could really break out, although he does seem a little one-footed.

The youngster is flourishing away from Manchester City.

3. Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse) – WhoScored rating – 7.45

A gangly but efficient ball progresser, Sangare is excellent at moving the ball up the pitch. An array of ball manipulation and skills also see him weave out of tough situations before ending it all with smart and accurate passes.

2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – WhoScored rating – 7.46

One of the gems of the campaign so far, Wan-Bissaka has got the Selhurst Park crowd firmly onside with his marauding displays from full-back. He could be better with his passing, but it’s his dribbling and defensive work which put him on the map right now.

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – WhoScored rating – 8.37

You’ve probably heard of this guy and if you haven’t, where have you been? The World Cup winner, still only 19, continues to thrill for PSG and is in frightfully good form, scoring eight goals and getting three assists in just four starts and one substitute appearance. Meanwhile he also has two goals and one assist in the Champions League.

Mbappe is a truly incredible talent.