Bellow are the hostest Teenagers in the world of football
Breel Embolo scores the first goal
Club: Schalke 04
Despite joining them aged just 17, Embolo managed 24 goals for Basel during his 18 months at the club and his scoring record in the league was better than one in three. That record, as well as with his Euro 2016 cameo for Switzerland, was enough for him to earn a £17million move to Schalke during the summer. Embolo’s agent, however, claimed that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was also very keen on the centre-forward.
Gabriel Jesus celebrates his goal
Club: Palmeiras (joining Man City in January)
Arguably the most exciting young talent in Brazilian football right now, Gabriel has already agreed to join Manchester City in January for a reported £27million. The 19-year-old can operate either as a centre-forward or on the left, and has proven himself to be a prolific scorer in either position. However, since the arrival of Cuca at Palmeiras in March, Gabriel has more often played through the middle, where his movement and footwork help create space for team-mates and bring others into play.
Mateo Cassierra of Ajax
Cassierra joined Ajax from Colombian side Deportivo Cali in July in a deal believed to be worth around £5million. The 19-year-old can play on either wing but is built like a centre-forward and that’s where he’s most comfortable. Casierra netted on his Ajax debut and the Dutch club have big hopes for their first Colombian player since Daniel Cruz.
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Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund
Undoubtedly the most exciting attacking talent in Europe at the moment, Dembele can play on either wing or as a central striker. Dortmund fought off competition from numerous clubs around the continent to sign the Frenchman from Rennes in July. There are so many qualities to admire about Dembele but it is his dribbling that really stands out. Once he improves his decision making and learns when to release the ball, he’ll have it all.
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Club: Manchester United
It seems remarkable to think that this time last year few outside of Manchester had heard of Marcus Rashford. Even at the beginning of 2016 he was an unknown quantity. But then came his debut. Rashford scored twice against FC Midtjylland and followed that up with a match-winning brace against Arsenal. He finished his first senior season with nine goals in 21 appearances for club and country and has already scored four in nine in 2016/17.
Club: Chelsea (on loan at Bristol City)
Tammy Abraham has been highly thought of at Chelsea’s academy for some time but few outside the club have been exposed to to his talents. That all changed this summer, however, when he joined Bristol City on loan. Abraham has now scored 11 in 14 games for the Championship club. Opportunities to prove himself back in west London may still prove hard to come by, but his performances are certainly leading many to sit up and take notice.
Club: Roma (on loan at Granada)
Nicknamed ‘The Tank’, Ponce is a classic No.9. He’s strong, a good finisher and great in the air. He is yet to feature for Argentina but was snapped up by Roma for around £3.5million last year and is currently on loan at Spanish side Granada, where he has scored once in his first five games.
Enes Unal of FC Twente
Club: Manchester City (on loan at FC Twente)
Man City signed Unal in the summer of 2015 and he’s been loaned out three times since then. Currently at Eredivisie side FC Twente, the 19-year-old is really beginning to find his feet. He has already scored four in six appearances for his new side. If his form continues throughout the campaign, the versatile forward could find himself part of Pep Guardiola’s first team squad next season.
Maximiliano Romero, soccer player of Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield
Club: Velez Sarsfield
Arsenal have been watching the Argentine youngster since last season and he remains on their radar. The Gunners were even reported to have made an offer in the region of £5million but no such transfer has materialised. Romero is not the quickest striker but has great technique, decent finishing and can link up well with midfielders behind him.
Capable of playing as a winger or second striker, Goncalo Guedes has come through the ranks at Benfica’s academy. Currently being trailed by 31 European clubs – including 11 from England – Guedes is the most sought after youngster on the continent. The 19-year-old is not prolific, often preferring to set up team-mates than take the chance himself, but is still developing and may yet add that to his game.