We all want to know who the next stars of world will be so today Football-Wonderkids looks at the best Wonderkids Born in 2001.
Takefusa Kubo – Joined Barcelona but had to return to Japan because of Barcelona’s transfer ban. Has already made his first team debut for FC Tokyo and looks set to be a real start of Japanese football.
Pietro Pellegri – Became the youngest player to score in Serie A when he scored for Genoa last season. Has added two more this season and is now being linked with a number of big clubs.
Bobby Duncan – Scoring for fun for Manchester City and England at youth level. Can he follow cousin Steven Gerrard and play for England.
Edvard Sandvik Tagseth – Had a trial with many of the top clubs in Europe before agreeing to join Liverpool, offically joining them in January 2017.
Daishawn Redan – Joined Chelsea from Ajax this summer and scored two goals on is Under-18’s debut.
It’s the start of a brand new football season, and with it comes a new batch of top young talents on their way to becoming world-class stars. Nowadays, we can see these wonderkids coming from a mile away, regardless of what country they’re playing in.
There have already been mumblings of Moise Kean being the next Mario Balotelli – without the bad attitude – as he continues to surpass expectations at each level. Currently playing for Juventus’ under-19s, Kean has also featured for the first-team in Serie A. The then 16-year-year old was brought on as a substitute in three games, accumulating 18 minutes and the game winning goal against Bologna – to make the score 2-1.
As much as he represents so many things that are wrong with the modern game, Mino Raiola has already signed Moise Kean to his agency, which shows how much raw potential the Italian striker has. However, this also brings about a problem for Juventus. To keep this rising star, and his agent, at the club, they’ll likely need to give him first-team opportunities at some point this season, but given the power that AC Milan have suddenly amassed, Juventus will need to be on their top game every night.
At 4/6 in the football betting to win Serie A, Juventus are still favourites, but AC Milan could usurp them with their new and extremely talented squad. Moise Kean will find chances hard to come by this season, but Juventus need to fit him in at some point. Otherwise, they could have yet another top young talent leave the club early – as was the case with Paul Pogba and Kingsley Coman most recently.
Already standing at six-foot and boasting a very strong frame, Kean’s impressive work-ethic, pace, powerful shooting, and heading ability is sure to continue to improve as he becomes a mighty presence on the front line. Kean made all of his Italy under-15, under-16, and under-17 debuts in 2015 and has already amassed eight goals and two assists of the Italian under-17s in just 17 games.
2. Ryan Sessegnon, Left-Back, £2.70 million
For a lot of last season, Ryan Sessegnon was in the headlines as a transfer target of many top Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Manchester United. But, simply emphasising how down-to-earth the left-back is, he decided to sign a new deal with Fulham, in the Championship, to continue getting regular playing time. Only 17-years-old, it appears as though Sessegnon’s choice was well made as he started in Fulham’s 1-1 season opener against Norwich City.
While primarily featuring at left-back, Sessegnon continues to show off his incredible ball skills, passing ability, and eye for goal. In the 2016/17 campaign, the Englishman scored four goals and four assists while playing at left-back as well as three goals and an assist from left-midfield. His cool-headed but flair-filled play expands to the international scene as well. Already playing for England’s under-19s, mainly at left-midfield, Sessegnon has four goals in just 12 games, which includes starting and winning in the European U19 Championship final.
1. Alexander Isak, Striker, £5.40 million
Having become Sweden’s youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 113 days with his goal against Slovakia, Alexander Isak was tipped for a big move away from his native Allsvenskan ( the top tier of Swedish football). As they often have with wonderkids, Borussia Dortmund won the race to sign Isak, and have already got him in their first-team.
With 13 goals and an assist under his belt from his AIK Solna days in the Allsvenskan, Alexander Isak signed for the German giants for £7.74 million – which will soon look to be a bargain – in January 2017, and has been deemed good enough to be a part of the first-team this season.
Staying on the bench for the wildly close DFL-Supercup final but coming on in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, you can bet that Isak will continue to push for more games this season. Isak’s skill on the ball, cold finishing ability, and rapid acceleration have made him a potent striker, and as he develops his game, he’ll undoubtedly become a big name in football.
Another exciting season of football is finally here, and it looks like these top young talents will be given a chance to shine.
futboldraft.com has published it pick of the best 132 Spanish youth players. There are a few suprises on the list, as well as a lot of wonderkids.
Juan Soriano 1997 Sevilla F.C.
Unai Simón 1997 Athletic Club
Iván Villar 1997 Celta de Vigo
Álvaro Fdez. Llorente 1998 C.A. Osasuna
Dani Martín 1998 Sporting de Gijón
Diego Conde 1998 Atlético de Madrid
Iñaki Peña 1999 F.C. Barcelona
Adrián López 1999 R.C.D. Espanyol
Marc Vidal 2000 Villarreal C.F.
Álvaro Fdz. Calvo 2000 Real Madrid
Adrià Rojas 2000 F.C. Barcelona
Arnau Tenas 2001 F.C. Barcelona
David Carmona 1997 Sevilla C.F.
Pablo Maffeo 1997 Manchester City
Joan Sastre 1997 R.C.D. Mallorca
Pol Lirola 1997 Juventus
Borja San Emeterio 1998 Sevilla F.C.
Dani Morer 1998 F.C Barcelona
Aitor Buñuel 1998 C.A. Osasuna
Gonzalo Ávila 1998 R.C.D. Espanyol
Álex Robles 1999 Málaga C.F.
Gorka Zabarte 1999 Real Madrid
Mateu Morey 2000 F.C.Barcelona
Víctor Gómez 2000 R.C.D. Espanyol
Aarón Martín 1997 R.C.D. Espanyol
Adrián Marín 1997 Villarreal C.F.
Sergio Akieme 1997 Rayo Vallecano
Antonio Latorre 1997 Valencia C.F.
Angeliño Esmoris 1997 Manchester City
Marc Cucurella 1998 F.C. Barcelona
David Fondarella 1998 Villareal C.F.
Christian Manrique 1998 Rayo Vallecano
Carlos Cobo 1998 Real Madrid
Fran García 1999 Real Madrid
Haritz Estivariz 1999 Real Sociedad
Juan Miranda 2000 F.C. Barcelona
Right Centre Backs
Jesús Vallejo 1997 Real Madrid
Julio Pleguezuelo 1997 F.C. Arsenal
Lluis López 1997 R.C.D Espanyol
Luis Muñoz 1997 Málaga C.F.
Pepe Castaño 1998 Villareal C.F.
Pelayo Suárez 1998 Sporting de Gijón
Álex Martín 1998 Real Madrid
David Subías 1999 Real Zaragoza
Julen Bernaola 1999 Athletic Club
Juan Brandariz “Chumi” 1999 F.C Barcelona
Víctor Chust 2000 Real Madrid
Eric García 2001 F.C. Barcelona
Left Centre Back
Jorge Meré 1997 Sporting de Gijón
Xiker Ozerinjauregi 1997 C.D. Toledo
Javier Jiménez 1997 Valencia C.F.
Antonio Montoro 1997 Atlético de Madrid
Iñigo Baqué 1997 Athletic Club
Diego Alende 1997 Celta de Vigo
José María Amo 1998 Sevilla F.C.
Álex Zalaya 1998 Real Zaragoza
Manu Hernando 1998 Real Madrid
Joan Salva 1999 Villareal C.F
Jorge Cuenca 1999 A.D. Alcorcón
Hugo Guillamón 2000 Valencia C.F.
Right Centre Midfielders
Pedro Chirivella 1997 Liverpool F.C.
Pape Cheikh 1997 Celta de Vigo
Álex Carbonell 1997 F.C. Barcelona
Carlos Soler 1997 Valencia C.F.
Igor Zubeldia 1997 Real Sociedad
Ferrán Sarsanedas 1997 F.C. Barcelona
Aleix García 1997 Manchester City
José Luis García “Pepelu” 1998 Levante U.D.
Óscar Rodríguez 1998 Real Madrid
Martín Calderón 1999 Real Madrid
Oriol Busquets 1999 F.C. Barcelona
Antonio Blanco 2000 Real Madrid
Left Centre Midfielder
Àlex Carbonell 1997 F.C. Barcelona
Fede San Emeterio 1997 Sevilla F.C
Carles Aleñá 1998 F.C. Barcelona
Peru Nolaskoain 1998 Athletic Club
Genaro Rodríguez 1998 Sevilla F.C.
Manu Morlanes 1999 Villareal C. F.
Pol Lozano 1999 R.C.D. Espanyol
Fran Beltrán 1999 Rayo Vallecano
Jandro Orellana 2000 F.C. Barcelona
Moha Moukhliss 2000 Real Madrid
Carlos Beitia 2000 Villareal C.F.
Sergi Canós 1997 Brentford
Enrique Barja 1997 C.A. Osasuna
Javi Ontiveros 1997 Málaga C.F.
Óscar Melendo 1997 R.C.D. Espanyol
Dani Olmo 1998 Dinamo Zagreb
Jordán Gutiérrez 1998 R.C.D. Espanyol
Alberto Fernández 1999 Real Madrid
Javi Pérez 1999 Sevilla F.C.
Ivan Martín “Pacheco” 1999 Villareal C.F.
Jordi Mboula 1999 F.C. Barcelona
Ferrán Torres 2000 Valencia C.F
Ander Barrenetxea 2001 Real Sociedad
Iñigo Córdoba 1997 Athletic Club
Gaspar Panadero 1997 U.D. Almería
Rubén Fernández 1998 Atlético de Madrid
Toni Segura 1998 Real Madrid
Álex Blanco 1998 Valencia C.F.
Carles Pérez 1998 F.C. Barcelona
Alejandro Pozo 1999 Sevilla F.C.
Paulino Miguélez 1999 Real Racing Club
Diego Pampín 2000 Celta de Vigo
Salomón Obama 2000 Atlético de Madrid
Sergio Gómez 2000 F.C. Barcelona
José Alonso Lara 2000 Sevilla F.C.
Mikel Oyarzabal 1997 Real Sociedad
Álvaro Fidalgo 1997 Real Madrid
Fran Villalba 1998 Valencia C.F.
Antonio Otegui 1998 C.A. Osasuna
Jonatan Montiel 1998 Rayo Vallecano
Javier Puado 1998 R.C.D Espanyol
Paolo Fernándes 1998 Manchester City
Manu García 1998 Manchester City
Alberto Fernández 1999 R.C.D. Mallorca
Alberto Soro 1999 Real Zaragoza
Brahim Abdelkader 1999 Manchester City
Víctor Sanbartolomé 1999 Athletic Club
Asier Villalibre 1997 Athletic Club
Toni Martínez 1997 West Ham
Borja Mayoral 1997 Real Madrid
Álex Bermejo 1998 R.C.D. Espanyol
Fran Navarro 1998 Valencia C.F.
Rafa Múgica 1998 FC Barcelona
Dani Gómez 1998 Real Madrid
“Kuki” Zalazar 1998 Málaga C.F.
Miguel de la Fuente 1999 Real Valladolid
Alejandro Millán 1999 Villareal C.F.
Nacho Díaz 2000 Villareal C.F.
Abel Ruiz 2000 F.C Barcelona
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