For fans of the beautiful game, watching the next crop of talent emerge is a pleasurable experience. Football fans, just like supporters from other sports, enjoy following the progress of the best young players around, particularly if they’re turning out for their beloved club. Thankfully, football isn’t short on promising youngsters at the moment, either.
Competing at an elite standard and earning plenty of plaudits along the way, the best young players from the world of soccer showcase their immense skill to worldwide audiences given the global appeal of the sport. Make no mistake about it either; succeeding in soccer isn’t easy, given both the physical and mental demands of a typically grueling calendar.
While some youngsters and their respective teams dominate the football betting predictions ahead of major tournaments like the World Cup in Qatar, others are turning it on in lesser-known competitions but are showcasing just how much potential they have. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top young talents in football right now.
If you play for Real Madrid at the tender age of 19, then you must have something about you. Young France midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga, is a gifted individual with a ball at his feet, that’s for sure. The Spanish giants did everything they could to capture the former Rennes midfielder, and due to his combative style and ability with and without the ball, it was a pursuit well worth embarking on.
Now, with more responsibility at his door due to the departure of Casemiro and a number of aging players around him, Camavinga is showing Madridistas just how good he is. With a Champions League win and a La Liga title to his name already, more honors will surely be coming the way of the French starlet.
One of the star performers of the Premier League season so far, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli is one of the most talented youngsters in football at the moment. Aged just 21, the Brazilian has helped fire the Gunners up the table and left people wondering if Arsenal are back to being genuine title contenders or set for a third-place finish at best. While the debate will rumble on, there is no denying just how impressive Martinelli has been so far this campaign. The dynamic and explosive wide player is blessed with immense speed, he loves running at players, and he appears to have the mental toughness required to succeed in the game. If Arsenal are to have a successful season, then keeping Gabriel Martinelli fit is vital.
The latest in a long line of talents to emerge from the esteemed La Masia youth academy, Gavi’s potential is scary. It has been a huge year for the youngster already after winning the Kopa Trophy, which is awarded to the best player in the world under the age of 21, and then breaking into the Spain side and receiving a number of rave reviews from manager Luis Enrique.
As you’d expect, given his education, Gavi is comfortable on the ball, his passing range is excellent, and he’s an intelligent player. The epitome of what a modern-day footballer is, Gavi looks set to become one of the best players in football. His Barcelona teammate, Pedri, is also right up there with some of the top talents in the game right now.
While many might feel that Erling Haaland is perhaps too old to make such a list, at the age of just 22, the Norwegian beast is still a young player. Adapting to life in the Premier League with ease, Haaland is proving impossible to contain, resulting in an astonishing 19 goals in his first 12 games for Manchester City. In a modern game where out-and-out strikers are harder to find, Haaland’s style is refreshing to see.
Special mention must also go to Jude Bellingham, Jamal Musiala, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Bukayo Saka.