Football fans get to see a host of new youngsters burst onto the scene every season. This season, fans have had the pleasure to witness the meteoric rise of several players. Here are 10 of the best youngsters in Europe that have the potential to do something great in the future.
Ansu Fati (17,FC Barcelona)
The young football wizard from Spain has become a fan favorite at the Camp Nou. Fati has 7 goals in 24 appearances this season and has already cemented his place in the first team. A graduate of the esteemed La Masia academy, many fans have claimed that Fati is going to be Lionel Messi’s successor.
Rayan Cherki (16,Olympique Lyonnais)
Cherki has played an integral part in Lyon’s domestic cup campaign this season. He has scored 3 goals in 3 appearances in the French Cup. The Frenchman is versatile, able to play as a striker and an attacking midfielder. His performances have caught the eye of Real Madrid who are already lining up a bid for him.
Gabriel Martinelli (19,Arsenal)
With 3 goals in 14 appearances for Arsenal, Martinelli is easily one of the best signings Arsenal have made in recent times. The Brazilian is known for his pace, positional awareness, and goalscoring ability. Although he hasn’t featured ever since the lockdown ended due to injury, Martinelli will definitely be a star for Arsenal next season.
Riqui Puig (20,FC Barcelona)
Another La Masia graduate, Puig has shown his class when given the chance. His performance against Atletico Madrid was Man of the Match worthy.
Jude Bellingham ( 17,Birmingham City / Borrusia Dortmund)
At just 17 years old, Bellingham played 41 times in the championship. Borrusia Dortmund have already signed him for 40 million euros. Birmingham retired his shirt number in his honor. Need I mention more?
Joelson Fernandes (17,Sporting Lisbon)
The young Portuguese comes from the same football academy as Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. Many fans have already started comparing him to Cristiano. He possesses a blistering pace and is an excellent dribbler. Arsenal might swoop him up for 40 million GBP. He is surely destined to be a big name in the football universe.
Mason Greenwood (18,Manchester United)
The Englishman is easily the best young prospect at Manchester United since Marcus Rashford. With 31 appearances and 10 goals in the Premier League this season, Greenwood will definitely be a solid presence in Manchester United’s attack for years to come. He is quick, versatile, and can take on defenders to free up his teammates. Greenwood’s exceptional capability to use both feet will prove to be a great asset.
Alphonso Davies (19,Bayern Munich)
Alphonso has had a typical rag to riches story. He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana. His parents migrated to Canada where he began training to be a professional footballer. He started out as a left-winger and after Bayern bought him, he transitioned into a left-back. He is currently the fastest footballer in the world and his performances have made him a regular in the starting lineup.
Bukayo Saka (18,Arsenal)
Mikel Arteta has found a jewel, in his own team! Saka has featured 26 times in the Premier League this season playing a variety of positions including left-back, left midfield, central midfield, left-wing and right-wing. He has impressed in every game he has played in this season. Arsenal rewarded him by giving him a new 4-year contract and the number 7 shirt for next season.
Erling Haaland (20,Borussia Dortmund)
Son of former Manchester City defender, Alf Inge Haland, Erling announced himself on the big stage by scoring a hat-trick on his Champions League debut. His 16 goals in 14 games (yes you read that right) in the Austrian Bundesliga raised a few eyebrows. Borussia Dortmund bought him for a steal of 20 million euros. He is arguably the best young player in the world and is being watched by almost every big team in Europe. He is the front runner for the Golden Boy award and might be the next record-breaking transfer.