The Best Under-21 Players of the 2016/17 Season

The Football-Wonderkids Best Under-21 Players of the 2016/17 Season.

Kasper Dolberg scored against Lyon as Ajax confirmed their place in the final of the Europa League. They will meet Manchester United on 24 May.

Dolberg has scored 22 goals in 45 matches in all competitions this season, contributing seven assists. However, was he the best young striker in European football this campaign?

Here are the best youngsters this season:

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Donnarumma, the great Gianluigi Buffon’s long-term replacement, is AC Milan‘s number one at the age of 18.

He broke into the first team at the age of 16 in 2015. He made his debut for Italy a year later, becoming the Azzurri’s youngest shot-stopper.

This season, the Italian has played 35 league games and kept 11 clean sheets. He saved a penalty and performed superbly in Milan‘s Italian Super Cup penalty shootout victory against Juventus.

Defender

Andreas Christensen has starred for Borussia Monchengladbach. On loan from Chelsea, the Dane has played 30 league games and featured in Champions League and the Europa League.

Christensen has been a major part of Die Fohlen’s push for Europa League qualification this campaign. His efforts haven’t escaped the notice of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has expressed his desire to use him in the Premier League champions’ first-team squad next season.

Midfielder

Dele Alli was deservedly voted as the PFA Young Player of the Year after scoring 17 league goals so far for Mauricio Pochettino’s exciting Tottenham side.

At 20, Alli has established himself as one of Spurs and England’s most important players and has formed an often unplayable partnership with Harry Kane.

Alli has been linked with moves to Europe’s elite clubs this summer after being compared to Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

Striker

AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has the afore mentioned Dolberg well and truly top trumped.

In his breakthrough season, the 18 year-old has scored 25 goals in all competitions including six in 9 games as Monaco reached the Champions League semi finals.

Mbappe was rewarded with his international debut for France against Spain in March, becoming his country’s second youngest player in their illustrious history. The future is certainly bright.




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