The top clubs in European football are constantly producing new talents for scouts to keep their eyes on. Here are five more who could be catching the public’s eye in the next few years.
This Chelsea forward was a revelation at the UEFA Under-17 Championships earlier this years as he finished the joint top goalscorer. His towering presence and sharp shooting alongside Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong were the main reason behind England’s victory in the competition. At only 16, he’s unlikely to play for Chelsea anytime soon but a loan move to a Football League club could be on the cards in the next year or so.
One of the most creative and technically gifted footballers at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Nathan stood out as one of the more impressive cogs for the Brazil side that fell short at the Quarter-Final stage. Currently with Atletico Paranaense in the Brazilian league, the failings of the national team could see be given regular football with the public calling for an overhaul of the league. Perhaps a drastic change could be giving more games to the youth players in the sides.
Munir El Haddadi
Top scorer in the UEFA Youth League as he helped Barcelona win the title, Munir El Haddadi is quick and intelligent forward who could the next player to emerge from La Masia. His Moroccan descent could see him feature in the African Cup of Nations in January should the host nation choose to call him up. If he produces the same as he did last season, there’s no doubt there’ll be a tug of war between Spain and Morocco for his international career.
One of the players to watch at the ongoing Under-19 Championship, Sinan Bytyqi is a bright spark in the Manchester City academy. A constant in the EDS team at Eastlands, he was integral in a side that reached the playoffs of the Under-21 Premier League. The City website describe him as: “Sinan Bytyqi is a versatile forward, equally adept at playing on the wings or in behind the main striker and from his style of play, it’s easy to see why he considers Barcelona striker Neymar as his idol.”
A regular for both Leeds United and England under-19s, Alex Mowatt could one of the Championship’s biggest stars next seasons. In the wake of Ross McCormack’s exit, the 19-year-old could step up to lift a team that is at risk of underperforming next season. A tricky and pacey midfielder, he has all the attributes to be a future England international.