Top Emerging Young Football Players in the World
Best Young Footballers Right Now, Who Might Replace Stars?
Here comes a list of today's young talents who will probably replace today's stars in the future.
Adel Belkacem Bouzida (Winger)
Although Bouzida is still to make his league debut for Paradou, scouts and agents have been monitoring his progress. He’s gifted with blistering pace and remarkable dribbling capabilities that could turn him to a full-back’s nightmare, so, he can be on our list of best young footballers since 2020.
And with Paradou’s policy of exporting their brightest players, it seems only a matter of time before he will play in European leagues.
Zito Luvumbo (Winger)
After his performances with his club, Primeiro de Agosto, and the under-17 national team, Luvumbro has shined as a young talent at least in his continent, Africa.
Luvumbo was particularly impressive in the Angolan Cup final last year, where he contributed to his team’s win by scoring a goal and a penalty. Not only in his continent, but also at an international level, the dynamic midfielder has caught the eyes.
Manchester United reportedly made an offer for him in February and West Ham United were also interested in his services but the work permit has been a hindrance so far.
Luvombo can play on both wings and is skilled enough to utilise his pace to beat defenders, though he has still to improve his right foot. He's indeed among the best under 18 football players since 2020.
Kenneth Taylor (Central Midfielder)
Captain Taylor, the beating heart of Netherlands under 17 national team, is the latest talented under-17 player from Ajax, though he hasn't yet made his first-team debut for the team.
Taylor models his game on Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and loves making assists, though he is better fitted in defensive roles.
Xavi Simons (Central Midfielder)
Few players choose to leave Barcelona's La Masia Academy on their own, but Simons did it to finally end his stay there after nine years and join PSG. No doubt the £1million-a-year contract, negotiated by Mino Raiola, had something to do with it.
Named after Barcelona legend, Xavi, and nicknamed 'golden curls' for his hair, Simons has been the captain of a number of Barcelona youth teams and a four-time winner of the youth Ballon d'Or award. “With a high technical quality and an excellent vision of the game… Xavi is among the most promising players in Dutch football," said a PSG official following his arrival in the French capital.
Despite his youth, Simons has already near 2 million followers in total across his various social media pages. His Instagram page is by far the most popular with 1.7 million followers (as of July 2019).
He has also around 37000 followers on Twitter and 120000 likes on his Facebook page. Maybe with all these followers at such a young age, he’s by far ahead of other best under 18 footballers in 2020 in terms of popularity?
Eric Garcia (Center Back)
Another young and talented footballer schooled in Barcelona's academy who chooses to leave and try his luck elsewhere. Garcia made his first-team debut in the EFL Cup last season when he was allowed by Pep Guardiola to play against Watford in the Premier League.
Garcia is gifted with the ability to command the defense with maturity and maybe his comfort on the ball means he could appertain nicely to Man City’s side. Perhaps Garcia could be a solution in these dire times as Man City have to cope with several injuries in their defense? Nobody knows; what we know is that he's definitely on the list of best young footballers of 2020.
Ansu Fati (Winger)
Few under-18 players around the world are as commanding as Fati is, the youngster who could become Lionel Messi's heir at the Nou Camp. Barca have already put a €100million release clause on Fati lest they might lose him.
The fearlessness in his play and the exuberance of youth has seen him go through all the junior ranks at the club. However, he must be thankful to Messi’s injury at the start of his career that allowed him to be considered as a player fit enough to be in the first team.
Since his debut, Fati has become the second youngest first-team debutant in Barca’s history, the youngest player to score at the Camp Nou, the youngest Barca player to score and assist in the same game and the youngest ever scorer in the Champions League.
His impact on the football world is similar to that of Messi’s 15 years or so ago. With all these triumphs, could he be a good candidate to replace Messi in the future among the best u18 footballers in 2020?
Willem Geubbels (Winger)
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Having scored 12 goals in 21 games in France's youth teams up to under-18 level, Geubbels made his Ligue 1 debut last season at the age 16, becoming the first young footballer born in the 21st century to play in Ligue 1.
"Willem has already demonstrated a lot of qualities and great potential. With patience and a lot of work, we are convinced that he will arrive at the top level," said Monaco CEO, Vadim Vasilyev once about the young footballers who is indeed among the best young footballers of 2020.
Sergio Gomez (Attacking Midfielder)
About two years ago, Gomez made headlines worldwide when plucked from Barcelona by Dortmund, who paid €3 million to bring him to Germany. Dubbed “the new Iniesta”, Gomez’s quick thinking and equally rapid feet when in small spaces is particularly impressive.
He can get himself out of the tightest situations to pick out a pass or unleash a ferocious shot with his preferred left foot. Scoring four goals in seven games, Gomez was voted the second best player at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India. He's indeed one of the best u18 soccer players in 2020.
Takefusa Kubo (Attacking Midfielder)
Kubo was spotted by Barcelona’s scouts at the age of 11 and joined Barca’s La Masia Academy to shine in the Spanish club's schoolboy teams. However, his move to Barcelona was found to have violated FIFA transfer rules, so he was forced to get back to his homeland.
|Kubo was one of the most exciting talents at Barcelona's academy before he was forced to return to Japan. He was expected to return to Barca after 18, but he shocked everyone by signing with Barca’s hated rivals, Real Madrid. Nicknamed “the Japanese Messi”, he excelled during the pre-season tour, and joined Mallorca on loan in August|
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