This list consist of exiting young players that are seen as the next big thing, some of them already established and regulars at top teams, some of them are paving the way to stardom. The list contains players under 21 years old, so let’s have a look at our goaloffside.com list:
Ben Woodburn (Liverpool FC)
At 18 years old already an international with Wales National Team, having featured in 6 matches and scoring a goal in his debut has already managed to land a long term contract under Jurgen Klopp. Originally a striker, Woodburn has played as a midfielder and on the flanks, which makes him a versatile player and able to get minutes in more positions in the final third.
Kasper Dolberg (AFC Ajax)
Already a regular for Ajax having featured over 50 matches for the Netherlands side and breaking into Denmark National Team, the man who discovered him John Steen Olsen who also spotted Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Eriksen says that he loves to create chances as much as he likes to score. Due to his ability to play down the left wing and in the center of attack, he is described as a hybrid of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. Surely in a season or two we might see him put a Premier League outfit as top dogs from England are rumored to go for him, such as Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Manchester United among the most interested.
Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco)
Among the large talent pool coming from Belgium, Tielemans is surely one to keep an eye for. Recently joined AS Monaco from Anderlecht having been their most important player on the squad winning Belgian Player of the Year award, Youri is a central midfielder with creative attributes and having eye to play killer long balls, we can say that this player is intelligent for his age. We expect him to join a top side in two or three years using AS Monaco as a stepping stone to reach his potential.
Justin Kluivert (AFC Ajax)
Another young striker coming from the Dutch side, and what catches the eye is his famous name in football history. Son to famous Patrik Kluivert not only holds his fathers name but his talents too. At 18 years of age the all-around attacker not only can dribble but he can score as he recently scored a hattrick something his father hasn’t done in the top Dutch league. Much like his father he is set to have a long a successful career and why not follow his footsteps and join FC Barcelona as rumor has it they are interested in getting him in the future.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)
Goalkeeper, Italian, talented, tall, already a first teamer at a top club, name Gianluigi, what more can suggest that Donnarumma is a successor to the famous Gigi Buffon, and perfect timing to take center stage and take over the no.1 and the man between the sticks for Italy. At 18 years of age, the Italian giant has plenty of experience to show and is showing his abilities as a keeper how performs under pressure, able to command his area and even organize the defense in a way a keeper twice his age wouldn’t. Despite his thoughts whenever to continue with AC Milan or not, or his rebellious agent Raiola on wanting to land a bigger contract away from San Siro, if AC Milan are able to keep hold of the highly rated keeper, can build an interesting project around Italy’s future no.1.
Vinicius Junior (CR Flamengo)
With just 11 minutes of professional football under his belt, Real Madrid CF didn’t want to miss out on yet another Brazilian jewel just like they missed out on Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, they signed Vinicius for a whooping €45 million. The highly rated Brazilian teenager will join Real Madrid upon becoming 18 year old. What made Real Madrid splash out all that money for a player with such less games to show? Having similar traits to Neymar Jr. at such a young age his coaches say that he plays like he has been around for years, feeling natural even with all that spotlight above him. Having landed a contract with back to back Champions League winners, he is a “complete ball player with the ball at his feet”. He is quick, skilful, smart, able to go past players and has an eye for goal.
Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona)
Barcelona’s recent departure of Neymar Jr.? The solution, Ousmane Dembélé. Coming from France’s large pool of talented forwards, Ousmane can play down both wings with extremely quick pace, technique and the ability to dribble past players is the perfect answer to fill the vacant left wing position that Neymar left when joining PSG in the summer. He had an unlucky start to his Barca career getting injured and being ruled out for four months but now he is back on track and ready to unleash his talents complementing the likes of Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez in Barcelona’s front three.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City FC)
Seems like Brazils eternal search for the new ‘fenomeno’ is finally over. Gabi Jesus is the man they have been looking for, with great pace and agility and with extremely high working rate, Pep Guardiola has rated him as just simply ‘Wow’ as he is extremely dangerous when his team is having the ball, and even when defending his pressuring is a trait that compliments the tactics that Pep implements in his team. Being both regular for Man City and Brazilian National Team with the latter one being companioned by both Coutinho and Neymar, surely Brazil with Gabriel Jesus puts them high amongst the favorites to win the World Cup in Russia.
Marco Asensio (Real Madrid CF)
Just shy of 22 years old, Asensio manages to clinch a place in our list, and this list would not be complete without the Spaniard who in 2014 signed a contract with Real Madrid for just €3.9 million, and what a steal that came to be, afterwards spending two seasons with RCD Espanyol and Mallorca. His parents named him after Marco Van Basten and would the Dutch striker be proud of his namesake. Asensio at a young age plays like a player who has been around for a century, A left-footed player with good ball control and great vision, complimented by a powerful left foot shot, showcasing his talent in the two legged Super Copa win against FC Barcelona in August. Since then Asensio is being considered as the player to build around to for Real Madrid in the future.
Kylian Sanmi Mbappé Lottin (PSG)
And last on our list but not least the 18 year old Frenchman and the fastest player to reach 10 goals in the Champions League closes this list of the future of World football. At that age PSG needed to break the bank and a second World Record fee to sign the young striker from AS Monaco earlier this year. With all the spotlight he has been receiving, Mbappe is fairly cool headed and has not let all those heavy fees and transfers pressure him. A player that can play anywhere in the attack, from having dribbling skills to great scoring abilities makes him the hottest property for any team competing for the highest of honors. Having similar traits to that of Thierry Henry, he even graduated and played for the same team, compliments pretty well the front three of Neymar Jr. and Cavani. Surely if Neymar doesn’t take away the Ballon d’Or off of Ronaldo and Messi, Mbappe will surely be up there for grabs.