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100 Best Young Players to Watch: History

100 TO WATCH IN 2017

PlayerAge (at the time)PositionClub (at the time)Country
Adam Ounas20MIDBordeauxAlgeria
Adrian Semper18GKDinamo ZagrebCroatia
Akram Afif20MIDGijon (on loan Villarreal)Qatar
Akram Komilov20DEFBunyodkorUzbekistan
Alban Lafont17GKToulouse France
Aleksandr Golovin20MIDCSKA MoscowRussia
Alex Gersbach19DEFRosenborgAustralia
Alex Iwobi20MIDArsenalNigeria
Alexander Isak17FWDAIKSweden
Almamy Toure20DEFMonacoMali
Amadou Diawara19MIDNapoliGuinea
Andre Onana20GKAjax AmsterdamCameroon
Andreas Christensen20DEFBorussia Monchengladbach (on loan Chelsea)Denmark
Andrei Ivan20FWDUniversitatea CraiovaRomania
Ante Coric19MIDDinamo ZagrebCroatia
Anton Mitryushkin20GKSionRussia
Antonio Sanabria20FWDReal BetisParaguay
Assane Diousse19MIDEmpoliSenegal
Augusto Batalla20GKRiver PlateArgentina
Bart Ramselaar20MIDPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Bartlomiej Dragowski19GKFiorentinaPoland
Ben Chilwell20DEFLeicester CityEngland
Benjamin Henrichs19DEFBayer LeverkusenGermany
Bersant Celina20MIDTwente (on loan Manchester City)Kosovo
Blas Riveros18DEFBaselParaguay
Cesar Montes19DEFMonterreyMexico
Christian Pulisic18MIDBorussia DortmundUSA
Davide Calabria20DEFAC MilanItaly
Davinson Sanchez20DEFAjax AmstedamColombia
Dayot Upamecano18DEFLeifering (on loan RB Salzburg)France
Dele Alli20MIDSpursEngland
Diogo Jota19FWDPorto (on loan Atletico Madrid)Portugal
Duje Caleta-Car20DEFRB SalzburgCroatia
Emanuel Mammana20DEFLyonArgentina
Enes Unal19FWDTwente (on loan Manchester City)Turkey
Ezequiel Ponce19FWDGranada (on loan Roma)Argentina
Felix Passlack18DEFBorussia DortmundGermany
Filip Benkovic19DEFDinamo ZagrebCroatia
Franck Kessie19MIDAtalantaIvory Coast
Gabriel Barbosa20FWDInter MilanBrazil
Gabriel Boschilia20MIDMonacoBrazil
Gabriel Jesus19FWDPalmeirasBrazil
Gianluigi Donnarumma17GKAC MilanItaly
Goncalo Guedes19MIDBenficaPortugal
Goran Karacic20GKAdanasporBosnia
Hee-Chan Hwang20FWDRB SalzburgKorea Republic
Hidde ter Avest19DEFTwenteNetherlands
Issa Diop19DEFToulouse France
Jack Harrison20MIDNew York CityEngland
Jairo Riedewald20DEFAjax Amsterdam Netherlands
Jerry St Juste20DEFHeerenveenNetherlands
Jesus Vallejo19DEFEintracht Frankfurt (on loan Real Madrid)Spain
Jonathan Tah20DEFBayer LeverkusenGermany
Jorge20DEFFlamengoBrazil
Josip Posavec20GKPalermoCroatia
Julian Brandt20MIDBayer LeverkusenGermany
Kasper Dolberg19FWDAjax AmsterdamDenmark
Kelechi Iheanacho20FWDManchester CityNigeria
Kieran Tierney19DEFGlasgow CelticScotland
Kristoffer Ajer18MIDCelticNorway
Kylian Mbappe-Lotin17FWDMonacoFrance
Leon Bailey19MIDGenkJamaica
Leroy Sane20MIDManchester CityGermany
Linus Wahlqvist20DEFNorrkopingSweden
Lorenzo Pellegrini20MIDSassuoloItaly
Luka Jovic18FWDBenficaSerbia
Mahmoud Dahoud20MIDBorussia Monchengladbach Germany
Malang Sarr17DEFNiceFrance
Manuel Locatelli18MIDAC MilanItaly
Marco Asensio20MIDReal MadridSpain
Marcus Rashford19FWDManchester UnitedEngland
Mason Holgate20DEFEvertonEngland
Matthew Ridenton20MIDWellington PhoenixNew Zealand
Maxwel Cornet20FWDLyonFrance
Michael Estrada20FWDEl Nacional (on loan Macara)Ecuador
Mikel Oyarzabal19MIDReal SociedadSpain
Milot Rashica20MIDVitesseKosovo
Mohamed Hany20DEFAl AhlyEgypt
Moussa Dembele20FWDGlasgow CelticFrance
Nico Elvedi20DEFBorussia MonchengladbachSwitzerland
Oliver Burke19MIDRB LeipzigScotland
Orbelin Pineda20MIDGuadalajaraMexico
Ousmane Dembele19MIDBorussia DortmundFrance
Paul Bernardoni19GKBordeauxFrance
Renato Sanches19MIDBayern MunichPortugal
Riechedly Bazoer20MIDAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Rivaldo Coetzee20DEFAjax Cape TownSouth Africa
Rodrigo Bentacur19MIDBoca JuniorsUruguay
Ruben Neves19MIDPortoPortugal
Saeid Ezatolahi20MIDRostovIran
Santiago Ascacibar19MIDEstudiantesArgentina
Sebastian Driussi20FWDRiver PlateArgentina
Timo Baumgartl20DEFStuttgartGermany
Timo Werner20FWDRB LeipzigGermany
Valentino Lazaro20MIDRB SalszburgAustria
Viktor Kovalenko20MIDShakhtar DonetskUkraine
Yaw Yeboah19MIDTwente (on loan Manchester City)Ghana
Yosuke Ideguchi20MIDGamba OsakaJapan
Youri Tielemans19MIDAnderlechtBelgium
Yuning Zhang19FWDVitesseChina

100 TO WATCH IN 2016

PlayerAge (at the time)PositionClub (at the time)Country
Per Kristian Bratveit19GKHaugesundNorway
Valentin Cojocaru20GKSteau BucharestRomania
Gianluigi Donnarumma16GKAC MilanItaly
Bartlomiej Dragowski18GKJagiellonia BialystokPoland
Gaston Guruceaga20GKPenarolUruguay
Mouez Hassen20GKNiceFrance
Ethan Horvath20GKMoldeUSA
Paul Izzo20GKCentral Coast MarinersAustralia
Predrag Rajkovic20GKMaccabi Tel AvivSerbia
Simone Scuffet19GKCalcio Como (on loan Udinese)Italy
Timo Baumgartl19DEFStuttgartGermany
Hector Bellerin20DEFArsenalSpain
Timothy Castagne20DEFGenkBelgium
Andreas Christensen19DEFBorussia Monchengladbach (on loan Chelsea)Denmark
Rivaldo Coetzee19DEFAjax Cape TownSouth Africa
Cristian Cuevas20DEFSint-Truiden (on loan Chelsea)Chile
Kevin Diks19DEFVitesseNetherlands
Ruben Duarte20DEFEspanyolSpain
Brendan Galloway19DEFEvertonEngland
Jose Luis Gaya20DEFValenciaSpain
Jean-Philippe Gbamin20DEFRC LensFrance
Alex Gersbach18DEFSydneyAustralia
Jose Gimenez20DEFAtletico MadridUruguay
Declan John20DEFCardiff CityWales
Vukasin Jovanovic19DEFRed Star BelgradeSerbia
Lucao 19DEFSao PauloBrazil
Emanuel Mammana19DEFRiver PlateArgentina
Marlon Santos20DEFFluminenseBrazil
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo20DEFClub BruggeBelgium
Elmir Nabiullin20DEFRubin KazanRussia
Pedro Pereira17DEFSampdoriaPortugal
Jairo Riedewald19DEFAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Alessio Romagnoli20DEFAC MilanItaly
Eduard Sobol20DEFShakhtar DonetskUkraine
Petar Stojanovic20DEFMariborSlovenia
Niklas Sule20DEFHoffenheimGermany
Jonathan Tah19DEFBayer LeverkusenGermany
Emre Tasdemir20DEFBursasporTurkey
Kenny Tete20DEFAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Almamy Toure19DEFMonacoMali
Dele Alli19MIDTottenham HotspurEngland
Kingsley Coman19MIDBayern Munich (on loan Juventus)France
Ante Coric18MIDDinamo ZagrebCroatia
Angel Correa20MIDAtletico MadridArgentina
Adrian Cubas19MIDBoca JuniorsArgentina
Mahmoud Dahoud20MIDBorussia Monchengladbach Germany
Anwar El Ghazi20MIDAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Gerson18MIDFluminenseBrazil
Jonathan Gonzales20MIDLeonEcuador
Alen Halilovic19MIDSporting Gijon (on loan Barcelona)Croatia
Jorrit Hendrix20MIDPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Will Hughes20MIDDerby CountyEngland
Jordon Ibe20MIDLiverpoolEngland
Dostonbek Khamdamov19MIDBunyodkorUzbekistan
Hirving Lozano20MIDPachucaMexico
Gelson Martins20MIDSporting CPPortugal
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic20MIDLazioSerbia
Adam Nagy20MIDFerencvarosHungary
Ruben Neves18MIDPortoPortugal
Marko Pjaca20MIDDinamo ZagrebCroatia
Adrien Rabiot20MIDParis Saint-GermainFrance
Sergi Samper20MIDBarcelonaSpain
Leroy Sane19MIDSchalkeGermany
Pione Sisto20MIDMidtjyllandDenmark
Ramadan Sobhy18MIDAl AhlyEgypt
Marc Stendera20MIDEintracht FrankfurtGermany
Youri Tielemans18MIDAnderlechtBelgium
Ozan Tufan20MIDFenerbahceTurkey
Julian Weigl20MIDBorussia DortmundGermany
Andrija Zivkovic19MIDPartizan BelgradeSerbia
Sardar Azmoun20FWDRostov (on loan Rubin Kazan)Iran
Federico Bonazzoli18FWDSampdoriaItaly
Ogulcan Caglayan19FWDKayseri ErciyessporTurkey
Sebastian Driussi19FWDRiver PlateArgentina
Munir El Haddadi20FWDBarcelonaSpain
Breel Embolo18FWDBaselSwitzerland
Gustav Engvall19FWDGoteborgSweden
Gabriel Barbosa19FWDSantosBrazil
Andrei Ivan19FWDUniversitatea CraivoaRomania
Corentin Jean20FWDTroyes (on loan Monaco)France
Gabriel Jesus18FWDPalmeirasBrazil
Luka Jovic18FWDRed Star BelgradeSerbia
Kelechi Iheanacho19FWDManchester CityNigeria
Cyle Larin20FWDOrlando CityCanada
Malcom18FWDCorinthiansBrazil
Anthony Martial20FWDManchester UnitedFrance
Takumi Minamino20FWDRB SalzburgJapan
Gaston Pereiro20FWDPSV EindhovenUruguay
Ezequiel Ponce18FWDRomaArgentina
Antonio Sanabria19FWDSporting Gijon (on loan Roma)Paraguay
Ivan Saponjic18FWDBenficaSerbia
Siebe Schrijvers19FWDWaasland-Beveren (on loan Genk)Belgium
Davie Selke20FWDRB LeipzigGermany
Dominic Solanke18FWDVitesse (on loan Chelsea)England
Isaac Success20FWDGranadaNigeria
Sander Svendsen18FWDMoldeNorway
Muamer Tankovic20FWDAZ AlkmaarSweden
Enes Unal18FWDGenk (on loan Manchester City)Turkey
Timo Werner19FWDStuttgartGermany
Richairo Zivkovic19FWDWillem II (on loan Ajax)Netherlands

100 TO WATCH IN 2015

PlayerAge (at the time)PositionClub (at the time)Country
Valentin Belon19GKRC LensFrance
Predrag Rajkovic19GKRed Star BelgradeSerbia
Alessio Cragno20GKCagliariItaly
Mouez Hassen19GKNiceFrance
Simone Scuffet18GKUdineseItaly
John Stones20DEFEvertonEngland
Elmir Nabiullin19DEFRubin KazanRussia
Nicola Murru19DEFCagliariItaly
Joshua Brenet20DEFPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Kurt Zouma20DEFChelseaFrance
Matthias Ginter20DEFBorussia DortmundGermany
Ruben Vezo20DEFValenciaPortugal
Jetro Willems20DEFPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Chancel Mbemba20DEFAnderlechtDR Congo
Abdul Rahman Baba20DEFAugsburgGhana
Kaan Ayhan20DEFSchalkeTurkey
Andrew Robertson20DEFHull CityScotland
Karim Rekik20DEFPSV Eindhoven (on loan Manchester City)Netherlands
Eric Dier20DEFTottenham HotspurEngland
Bjorn Engels20DEFClub BruggeBelgium
Terence Kongolo20DEFFeyenoordNetherlands
Tin Jedvaj19DEFBayer Leverkusen (on loan Roma)Croatia
Jordan Amavi20DEFNiceFrance
Luke Shaw19DEFManchester UnitedEngland
Raphael Guerreiro20DEFLorientPortugal
Sven van Beek20DEFFeyenoordNetherlands
Daniele Rugani20DEFEmpoli (on loan Juventus)Italy
Niklas Sule19DEFHoffenheimGermany
Benjamin Mendy20DEFMarseilleFrance
Alessio Romagnoli19DEFSampdoria (on loan Roma)Italy
Aymeric Laporte20DEFAthletic BilbaoFrance
Calum Chambers19DEFArsenalEngland
Jose Gimenez19DEFAtletico MadridUruguay
Jose Gaya19DEFValenciaSpain
Marquinhos20DEFParis Saint-GermainBrazil
Corentin Tolisso20MIDLyonFrance
Awer Mabil19MIDAdelaide UnitedAustralia
Emre Can20MIDLiverpoolGermany
Jean-Paul Boetius20MIDFeyenoordNetherlands
Joaquin Correa20MIDEstudiantesArgentina
Carlos Mane20MIDSporting CPPortugal
Humam Tariq18MIDAl AhliIraq
Sergi Samper19MIDBarcelonaSpain
Kekuta Manneh19MIDVancouver WhitecapsGambia
Anwar El Ghazi19MIDAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Arturo Gonzalez20MIDAtlasMexico
Saul Niguez20MIDAtletico MadridSpain
Derlis Gonzalez20MIDBaselParaguay
Ruben Neves17MIDPortoPortugal
Giorgian De Arrascaeta20MIDDefensor SportingUruguay
Maximilian Arnold20MIDWolfsburgGermany
Lucas Piazon20MIDEintracht Frankfurt (on loan Chelsea)Brazil
Gerard Deulofeu20MIDSevilla (on loan Barcelona)Spain
Julien De Sart19MIDStandard LiegeBelgium
Lucas Ocampos20MIDMonacoArgentina
Adnan Januzaj19MIDManchester UnitedBelgium
Mohamed Elyounoussi20MIDMoldeNorway
Max Meyer19MIDSchalkeGermany
Ozan Tufan19MIDBursasporTurkey
Oliver Torres20MIDPorto (on loan Atletico Madrid)Spain
Marc Stendera19MIDEintracht FrankfurtGermany
Morgan Sanson20MIDMontpelleirFrance
Denis Praet20MIDAnderlechtBelgium
Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg19MIDBayern MunichDenmark
Youri Tielemans17MIDAnderlechtBelgium
James Ward-Prowse20MIDSouthamptonEngland
Daley Sinkgraven19MIDHeerenveenNetherlands
Mateo Kovacic20MIDInter MilanCroatia
Raheem Sterling20MIDLiverpoolEngland
Hakan Calhanoglu20MIDBayer Leverkusen Turkey
M'Baye Niang19FWDAC MilanFrance
Stipe Perica19FWDNAC Breda (on loan Chelsea)Croatia
Maximilian Philipp20FWDFreiburgGermany
Yassin Benzia20FWDLyonFrance
Hirving Lozano19FWDPachucaMexico
Michael Frey20FWDLilleSwitzerland
Lucas Boye18FWDRiver PlateArgentina
Sardar Azmoun19FWDRubin KazanIran
Davie Selke19FWDWerder BremenGermany
Carlos19FWDAtletico MineiroBrazil
Valentin Lavigne20FWDLorientFrance
Sandro Ramirez19FWDBarcelonaSpain
Franck Boli20FWDStabaekIvory Coast
Balde Keita19FWDLazioSenegal
Denis Davydov19FWDSpartak MoscowRussia
Anthony Martial19FWDMonacoFrance
Breel Embolo17FWDBaselSwitzerland
Munir El Haddadi19FWDBarcelonaSpain
Timo Werner18FWDStuttgartGermany
Mauricio Tevez18FWDNewell's Old BoysArgentina
Domenico Berardi20FWDSassuoloItaly
Divock Origi19FWDLille (on loan Liverpool)Belgium
Anderson Talisca20FWDBenficaBrazil
Aleksandar Mitrovic20FWDAnderlechtSerbia
Diego Fagundez19FWDNew England RevolutionUruguay
Angel Correa19FWDAtletico MadridArgentina
Arkadiusz Milik20FWDAjax Amsterdam (on loan Leverkusen)Poland
Gabriel Barbosa18FWDSantosBrazil
Ezequiel Ponce17FWDNewell's Old BoysArgentina
Memphis Depay20FWDPSV EindhovenNetherlands

100 TO WATCH IN 2014

PlayerAge (at the time)PositionClub (at the time)Country
Sandro Rossbach17GKOdds BKNorway
Andreas Leitner19GKAdmira WackerAustria
Nikolaos Giannakapoulos20GKPanionisGreece
Jan Oblak20GKBenficaSlovenia
Sean Mcdermott20GKSandnes UlfIreland
Loris Karius20GKMainzGermany
Jack Butland20GKStoke CityEngland
Alphonse Areola20GKRC Lens (on loan Paris Saint-Germain) France
Oliver Zelenika20GKDinamo ZagrebCroatia
Stefanos Kapino19GKPanathanaikosGreece
DeAndre Yedlin20DEFSeattle SoundersUSA
Bjorn Engels19DEFClub BruggeBelgium
Nicola Murru19DEFCagliariItaly
Chancel Mbemba19DEFAnderlechtDR Congo
Sead Kolasinac20DEFSchalkeBosnia
John Anthony Brooks20DEFHertha BerlinUSA
Dimitri Foulquier20DEFRennesFrance
Uros Spajic20DEFToulouseSerbia
Eric Dier19DEFSporting CPEngland
Ben Davies20DEFSwanseaWales
Toni Vilhena19MIDFeyenoordNetherlands
Massimo Bruno20MIDAnderlechtBelgium
Valon Berisha20MIDRB SalzburgNorway
Ryan Gauld18MIDDundee UnitedScotland
Adrien Rabiot18MIDParis Saint-GermainFrance
Manuel Lanzini20MIDRiver PlateArgentina
Dennis Praet19MIDAnderlechtBelgium
Jordan Veretout20MIDNantesFrance
Leonardo Bittencourt20MIDHannoverGermany
Yannick Ferreira-Carraco20MIDMonacoBelgium
Saido Berahino20ATTWest Bromwich AlbionEngland
Adam Taggart20ATTNewcastle JetsAustralia
Balde Keita18ATTLazioSenegal
Bruma19ATTGalatasarayPortugal
Aleksandr Mitrovic19ATTAnderlechtSerbia
Alonso Escoboza20ATTSantos LagunaMexico
Richmond Boakye20ATTElche (on loan Juventus)Ghana
Domenico Berardi19ATTSassuoloItaly
Diego Fagundez18ATTNew England RevolutionUruguay
Jurgen Locadia19ATTPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Issiaga Sylla20DEFToulouseGuinea
Brandon Mechele20DEFClub BruggeBelgium
Jonathan Tah17DEFHamburgGermany
Ali Adnan20DEFCaykur RizesporIraq
Antonio Rudiger20DEFStuttgartGermany
Doria19DEFBotafogoBrazil
Karim Rekik19DEFPSV Eindhoven (on loan Manchester City)Netherlands
Calum Chambers18DEFSouthamptonEngland
Samuel Umtiti20DEFLyonFrance
Stefano Denswil20DEFAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Thorgan Hazard20MIDZulte Waregem (on loan Chelsea)Belgium
Mateo Kovacic19MIDInter MilanCroatia
Otavio18MIDInternacionalBrazil
Suso20MIDAlmeria (on loan Liverpool)Spain
Hakan Calhanoglu19MIDHamburgTurkey
Ravel Morrison20MIDWest Ham UnitedEngland
Fred20MIDShakhtar DonetskBrazil
James Ward-Prowse19MIDSouthamptonEngland
Max Meyer18MIDSchalkeGermany
Maximilian Arnold19MIDWolfsburgGermany
Mauro Icardi20ATTInter MilanArgentina
Zakaria Bakkali17ATTPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Yassine Benzia19ATTLyonFrance
Lazar Markovic19ATTBenficaSerbia
Angel Correa18ATTSan LorenzoArgentina
Lucas Ocampos19ATTMonacoArgentina
Jese Rodriguez20ATTReal MadridSpain
Federico Cartabia20ATTValenciaSpain
Imoh Ezekiel20ATTStandard LiegeNigeria
Timo Werner17ATTStuttgartGermany
Aymeric Laporte19DEFAthletic BilbaoFrance
Matija Nastasic20DEFManchester CitySerbia
Juan Bernat20DEFValenciaSpain
Eder Alvarez Balanta20DEFRiver PlateColombia
Luke Shaw18DEFSouthamptonEngland
Matthias Ginter19DEFFreiburgGermany
Marquinhos19DEFParis Saint-GermainBrazil
Jetro Willems19DEFPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Raphael Varane20DEFReal MadridFrance
Kurt Zouma19DEFSaint EtienneFrance
Geoffrey Kondogbia20MIDMonacoFrance
Adnan Januzaj18MIDManchester UnitedBelgium
Rafinha20MIDCelta Vigo (on loan Barcelona)Brazil
Davy Klassen20MIDAjax AmsterdamNetherlands
Florian Thauvin20MIDMarseilleFrance
Adam Maher20MIDPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Juan Quintero20MIDPortoColombia
Ross Barkley20MIDEvertonEngland
Paul Pogba20MDJuventusFrance
Julian Draxler20MIDSchalkeGermany
Gerard Deulofeu19ATTEverton (on loan Barcelona)Spain
Vinicius Araujo20ATTCruzeiroBrazil
Jean-Paul Boetius19ATTFeyenoordNetherlands
Lucas Piazon20ATTVitesse (on loan Chelsea)Brazil
Raheem Sterling19ATTLiverpoolEngland
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain20ATTArsenalEngland
Memphis Depay19ATTPSV EindhovenNetherlands
Juan Iturbe20ATTHellas VeronaArgentina
Michy Bathshuayi20ATTStandard LiegeBelgium
Romelu Lukaku20ATTEverton (on loan Chelsea)Belgium