The Next Golden Generation of Welsh Footballers

Following the glory of Euro 2016 the Welsh FA put a plan in place to ensure it was not a one-off – publishing a blueprint to produce the next Golden Generation of Welsh footballers….. but who are they?

Continuing the Gary Speed’s vision of ‘Welsh Way’ of playing, Chris Coleman has continued to blood youngsters into the senor Walse side.

The blueprint that gives coaches at all levels a framework with the aim of turning Wales into a production line of talent and ensures this current generation is followed by more World Class players.

The current side has a number of top players including Ben Davies (24), Aaron Ramsey (26) and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale (28).

But who are the new generation hoping to bring more success to Wales national side Football-Wonderkids looks at Wales’ best prospects for the future.

Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea)

Hit the headlines when he become the youngest player in Exeter’s history, producing a man-of-the-match display in the League Cup win over Championship side Brentford at just 15-years-old.

Described as a mix of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen, Ampadu is capable of playing in defence or as a midfielder.

Joined Premier League Champions Chelsea and has already made his first team debut.

Captain of the Welsh under-16 side and has been called up to the senior national side but has yet to make his debut but we are guessing it will not be too far away.

Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)

Maybe the best talent since Bale, Woodburn has already broken a few records.

He became Liverpool’s third youngest player in history when he made his first team debut in November 2016 and on his second appearance became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer.

He is also Wales’ second-youngest ever goalscorer, scoring on his senior debut at the age of 17 in September 2017.

Wales could build their team around him over the next few years.

Regan Poole (Manchester United)

Made his first team debut as a 16-year-old for Newport in League Two after he was released by hometown club Cardiff City. His impressive performances at such a young age earned him a move to Manchester United.

Game time has been hard to come by at Old Trafford but he did make his debut in the Europa League before agreeing to spend the 2017-18 season on loan at Northampton Town.

The Quick, ball-playing, rock-solid centre back could be a star for years to come.

David Brooks (Sheffield United)

Started his career at Manchester City but was released and joined Sheffield United.

Controversially called up to the Wales Under-20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament but later withdrew from the Wales setup, instead being called up to the England Under-20 squad for the same tournament.

England won the tournament with Brooks winning Best Player award and scoring in the Final.

Called up to the Wales senior squad in September 2017 following a man of the match performance in the Sheffield derby.

Cole Dasila (Chelsea)

18-year-old Cole has represented Wales at a number of youth levels but who could also play for England who he represented at Under-16’s

Born in Luton, he has Welsh and Brazilian heritage and has been brought through by Wales youth coach Osian Roberts.

A goalscoring right back who is a solid defender and strong in the tackle.

Rabbi Matondo (Manchester City)

The 17-year-old joined Manchester City from Cardiff in 2016 and has bags of potential.

A Quick winger who has every trick in the book. If he fulfils his potential, he could be another to get Welsh fans on the edge of their seats with a style of play similar to Ryan Giggs or Gareth Bale.

Another young Welsh player who represented England at under-15 level but changed to play for Wales.

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