Last April, I analyzed the next generation of soccer figures; Top talent up to age 21 who have shown enough promise and talent to become the next stars known to all.
While the 36 players who made the list were already reasonably established with their respective clubs, there are also some lesser-known names banging on the door for inclusion. Since then, the performance of some of them has made them genuine candidates to enter the Top 10 of next year’s list.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the footballers who could become the next football revelations and who are making life in clubs across Europe (with the exception of the Premier League).
The Dutch-born defender who chose to represent the United States over his home country because of his American-Surinamese father was a mini-revelation last season after making a welcome impression with Ajax in competitions at domestic and European level. As one expects to see in a modern Ajax alumnus, Dest assumes high positions on the court when the team begins to arm from the rear and certainly does not deny himself the opportunity to find spaces and carry the ball forward when he recovers it in positions. deeper. Dest is enthusiastic, full of energy and always ready to take on opposing defenses. You can improve your definition and, as is the case with most young defenders, your personal marking.
While it is true that he has the grounds to be considered one of the best in his position last season in Ligue 1, the consistency and high potential of the 19-year-old have passed under the radar for some reason. Despite playing for a relatively low-key team, there is nothing to underestimate about Ait Nouri’s active style. He is happy to come and go throughout his band throughout the meeting; he is aggressive and frequently takes on challenges with the kind of physical impact that is only tolerated by a permissive referee.
He’s still a bit immature, considering his young age; while its production in the final third still leaves much to be desired. He has a tendency to lose patience or get out of focus when defending, but it is undeniable that France’s Under-21 international is one of the most promising defenders in all of European football.
The England Under-21 player is acclimating well to his new club, having assumed the title in the first two games of the Bundesliga campaign wearing the Dortmund jersey. Considering the existing wave of young talent within European football, it is remarkable that a 17-year-old young man recently arrived from the English Championship is a first baseman within one of the best clubs in Germany.
Bellingham’s first campaign with BVB was supposed to be the time to take his first steps onto a new football level. However, the Englishman has already made enough of an impression within the Bundesliga to be much more than just a part-time player. If well managed, the talent of this athletic, intelligent, versatile and natural footballer, a genuine back and forth midfielder, will have no limits.
Despite scoring a goal on his debut for the Netherlands team, the 19-year-old is still relatively unknown outside his home country and surprisingly is set to spend another season with AZ.
On the one hand, he is quick to overflow and direct (he rarely participates in creation, dedicating himself to running behind the opponent’s defensive line); while, on the other hand, he is a poacher with an excellent sense of timing and movement.
It is true that he scores outside the opponent’s area infrequently, but he can convert his chances with both feet or a header. It is a matter of time to take the leap and climb one notch above the Dutch Eredivisie.
Kubo, able to motivate comparisons with Messi thanks to his skill and creativity, spent his formative years in the Barcelona youth quarry at La Masía, until FIFA ordered his departure due to the fact that the culé club violated rules regarding the recruitment of footballers under the age of age. His football intelligence allows him to play fast combination football, often thanks to his precise touches and turns; while his swift and responsive feet allow him to execute movement with precision and grace. You can play for both bands or as a support gunner.
Creative and brilliant, Kubo spent the previous season on loan to Mallorca and his subsequent advances during another loan to Villarreal in 2020-21 could see Zinedine Zidane keep an eye on him next summer.
Instead of returning to Ajax after a positive season on loan to Heerenveen, the 6-foot-4 center-back joined Lille, replacing Gabriel, who moved to Arsenal. Like the Brazilian, Botman is left-handed and so far, he has fit well within the line of 4 for Lille, the French club that remains undefeated, with a pair of goals conceded in five games.
The Netherlands Under-21 defender plays with an aura of authority that far exceeds his age. He is particularly assertive in his marking and has a dominant presence, winning about 75% of his aerial duels. Within the mold of the Brazilian defender who has just left, Botman is cautious and not excessively daring in his passing game.
With exceptional soccer genes (his parents, Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan, were international with the United States teams), the emergence of the 17-year-old American is not a real surprise to anyone. Reyna has already started this season in the same number of league games from the entire previous season (2). He even scored a goal on the opening date, when BVB beat Borussia Mönchengladbach (added to the goal he converted in the German Cup commitment from the previous week).
As an offensive midfielder, creative and technically talented (he prefers to enter from the left wing or as a traditional 10), it is difficult to find weaknesses in his game. Reyna makes forceful and intelligent movements to take possession of the ball in dangerous positions, passes the ball well and is always ready to mark his rivals. Therefore, it fits perfectly within Dortmund’s attack style, characterized by its freedom of flow and combinations.
With the high expectations that surround her, it is imminent that Reyna lives her great revelation moment in national football.
Cheri, who made a name for himself with his second-half substitute appearance in the Champions League semi-final match against Bayern Munich, is alongside the brilliant Maxence Caqueret, the latest product to emerge from Lyon’s talent pool. Due to the breadth of options available to the French club in attack, the 17-year-old is placed in any position behind the gunner. Perhaps he is still somewhat stylistically anxious (he has exceptionally fast feet and loves a high heel); however, when he achieves the precise combination of consistency and maturity, the fast, technically gifted and creative French player will have all the elements to become one of the most exciting footballers on the world stage.
At 17 years and 34 days, Wirtz became the youngest player to score a goal in the Bundesliga last June. If the Germany U-17 international continues his development, all eyes will be on him very soon.
While both are offensive midfielders of very different species, so far Wirtz has been able to fill the void left by Kai Havertz. While Chelsea’s flamboyant left-handed creator preferred to play in high positions, left-hander Wirtz is not averse to taking the ball from behind and getting involved in the early stages of assembly. They both share the vision to signal a key pass, aside from a wonderful touch of the ball.
Jeremy Doku | 18 | Forward | Anderlecht
Doku, already considered an outstanding player at the youth level with club and national team for the last two years, is already beginning to show his skills in the senior field, taking advantage of his changes in rhythm, balance and tricks. It just leaves rivals swallowing dust.
After starting in senior football as a substitute for impact, or leaving the pitch at the start of the second half, he already begins to complete 90 minutes of play with the Anderlecht shirt, reaching his first call-up with the senior team. Belgium, scoring against Iceland last September.
He still has a lot to improve when it comes to his defensive discipline; although with its dizzying races, unpredictability and elegance, it has already become quite an attraction.
After a promising season with Verona, the Italian-born Albania player joined Roma on loan that will eventually become permanent. Last weekend, the 20-year-old had to face Juventus, the reigning Serie A champions, as a center back in a line of three. Kumbulla was comfortable, frequently anticipating the movements of his rivals in the area, winning aerial duels and prevailing in personal marks. Taking into account that he is a calm and constructive player with the ball under full pressure, Kumbulla has the physical and mental attributes to be successful, even in an environment as demanding as Roma.