Archie Waterworth goes through another 3 young players hoping to make it on the big stage:
Born: July 1, 1991 (age 24)
Club: Real Madrid
A young amongst the glittering galacticos, Lucas Vazquez has more than impressed world football with recent impressive displays against Manchester City in the Champions league and in La Liga. Now above James Rodriguez in the pecking order at Los Blancos, the tidy right footed winger has produced and scored goals in the past few months and is Real Madrid’s most promising academy product. With 8 league assists in 4 league goals in only 24 appearances (most of those as substitute) the versatile midfielder offers the hard work rate that many of the Galacticos are failing to offer. With Zizou as his manager, the Spaniard will be knocking on the door of the Spanish national team and next season could be a huge star.
Born: November 15, 1993 (age 22)
Club: Juventus FC
One of the most in form strikers in world football, Paulo Dybala’s rise has been astronomical since his 20 million euros move to Juventus last summer. The left footed striker is fast, can shoot from distance and has the clinical nature of a world class striker. With 20 goals and 8 assists in all competition, Dybala has simply benefitted from the added pressure and quality that moving to Juventus has brought. His ability to play just off the striker and out wide has been an asset in Juventus’ recent Serie A winning season. The season before his big money move to Juventus, he bagged 13 league goals and 10 assists in a Palermo side that made him the main man. With 3 international caps under his belt, Dybala is only going to get better and a big money move out of Italy will only be a matter of time.
Born: January 19, 1994 (age 22)
Position: Centre Back
Club: Borussia Dortmund
One of Germany’s most promising defenders, Matthias Ginter is set for a bright future. Calm on the ball and an astute defender, the young right footed centre back has earnt 9 caps for the German senior side. On 17 July 2014 Ginter signed for Borussia Dortmund on a five-year deal after making 70 appearances for SC Freiburg, scoring 2 goals. With Mats Hummels leaving this summer to almost certainly Bayern Munich, Ginter is set to become the rock in Dortmund’s defence. At 6 ft 3 his ranging height makes him strong in the air yet still capable on the ball. The gaping hole Mats Hummels will have left has given a huge opportunity to the young German who will only get better at the age of 22.
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