Archie Waterworth talks us through players he can see having a very bright future in football:
Born: October 2, 1993 (age 22)
Another star from the seemingly endless supply of Belgian crop, Michy Batshuayi is becoming hot property in Ligue 1 and is attracting interest from Juventus, West Ham, Tottenham and many more. His blistering pace, strength, cool finishing and power gives him the perfect platform to go on to be a future star. Since moving from Standard Liege in 2014 to Marseille, he has scored 23 goals in 57 games, with 19 of those coming in all competitions this year. His transition into the Belgian International Team has been flawless with 2 goals in 2 games for the senior side since his debut, setting him up for a potential place for the Euros in France this summer. His natural goal scoring ability began at Anderlecht with 39 goals in 97 appearances and this year he has followed up goals with 10 assists, as many as the likes of Dimitri Payet and others from the Premier League. He’s one for the future and with many top European clubs on the hunt for his signature, the future is bright for the young Belgian.
Born: September 8, 1995 (age 20)
Position: Central Midfield
Club: Borussia Dortmund
The 2015/16 season has been a huge improvement for Borussia Dortmund and the U21 international Julian Weigl has epitomised their quality of football this season. At the tender age of 20, Julian Weigl has shown maturity in the holding midfield role of someone way beyond his years, racking up 46 appearances in all competition with 1 assist. Since moving from 1860 Munich for a fee of 1.5 million pounds, Weigl’s lanky frame has been seen pulling the strings for this Dortmund side as they have pushed Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title. He keeps the ball extremely well, resulting in being fouled 46 times this season and has shown good discipline when covering the defence by only gaining 4 yellow cards. Under the guidance of Dortmund’s new manager Thomas Tuchel, Weigl will only get better with age and start to gain senior international caps and major honours.
Born: March 13, 1997 (age 19)
Position: Central Midfield
Club: FC Porto
Becoming FC Porto’s youngest captain at 18 years of age, Ruben Neves has been dubbed the biggest talent Portugal have produced since Cristiano Ronaldo. Having played at every age group for Portugal, recently being a major part of the side which lost in the U21 European Championships 2015 in Czech Republic. Tall, strong and double-footed, Neves can play anywhere in central midfield whether just behind the striker or anchoring in front of the defence. Making 38 appearances in all competitions this year with 4 assists in the Champions League, Neves is becoming established as Europe’s hottest property with interest coming from many major European clubs. With 2 senior caps under his belt since November 2015, Euro 2016 could be the stage to showcase his ability to the world.
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