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#TalentRadar Top 10 Young Forwards // As part of our Talent Radar feature, we will regularly publish Player Rankings of Young Players divided across the four primary positions (goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders & forwards) and focusing on the 6 big leagues of Europe (Bundesliga, La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1 & Eredivisie).
Some FAQs worth reading just to clarify any doubts about this.
What is Talent Radar? Read this for complete details on the feature.
What is the eligibility criteria? Players that were aged 21 years and below on June 1st 2014, are eligible for Talent Radar.
How often will these be published? The rankings will be updated and published every week, along with our Talent Radar Team of the Week.
On what basis are these rankings made? These rankings are purely based on our opinion of the players and their performances. Our opinions are based on various factors; if you do have a question/criticism/feedback about the inclusion/exclusion of a player, then do leave a comment below.
What’s the point of all this? Good question. Well for one thing, it’s fun (isn’t it?). Secondly, we always track the progress and performances of youngsters under our Talent Radar feature. Those who are featured here and in our weekly, monthly pieces, will also be recognised in our end of season Talent Radar Young Player Awards and ofcourse will also influence our hugely popular 100 Best Young Players to Watch list (at the end of the calendar year).
Memphis Depay has been absolutely dominating our Talent Radar Team of the Week and this has been reflected in the first Talent Radar Player Rankings piece focusing on Young Forwards. He’s got an incredible return thus far of scoring 5 goals in just 3 games, while also racking up a couple of assists (one in particular for Wijnaldum was incredible; hard to believe he has that part to his game as well). He’s proving to be one of the best young players in the World and although poor form is a possibility, expect Depay to continue at the top well into the latter stages of the season.
One may also state that Depay is actually a winger, but his game is such that it would be weird to include him in a list of best young midfielders.
Memphis Depay’s team-mate, Jurgen Locadia, made it into the first Team of the Week and nearly into the second one as well, scoring goals on each of the opening two games where he started. Anwar El Ghazi also has two goals to his name this season, the second coming against PSV Eindhoven in a 3-1 loss. This was his first start and he got on to the end of Klassen’s perfect pass, putting it past the keeper.
Paul Georges-Ntep had come off the bench to score a brace in an entertaining 6-2 victory over Evian, the first of those goals being an excellent solo run into the box. Saido Berahino who is next on the list also bagged a brace this season, in the opening game against Sunderland. The problem with both these two is that they either haven’t been given chances or been consistently performing well besides the aforementioned games. Hanging on to their respective spots might just become all the more difficult.
Alexy Bosetti makes this list as well with his recent goal being a beautiful Outside of the Boot curler, just how we like them. Munir El Haddaddi also gets in there after scoring on his debut for Barcelona with another Outside of the Boot effort. Tankanovic from AZ Alkmaar comes in at 8th while Lukaku & Sanogo from the Premier League complete the list.
Obviously these will make more sense once more games are played by the youngsters; Lukaku for example has been poor bar one or two moments but makes the list anyway. Depay though is expected to remain the stand-out performer, and retain his top spot for weeks to come.
|1||Memphis Depay||20||PSV Eindhoven||Netherlands||3|
|2||Jurgen Locadia||20||PSV Eindoven||Netherlands||1|
|3||Anwar El Ghazi||19||Ajax||Netherlands||1|
|4||Paul Georges Ntep||22||Rennes||France||1|
|5||Saido Berahino||21||West Bromwich Albion||England||1|
|7||Munir El Haddaddi||18||Barcelona||Spain||1|
|8||Muamer Tankovic||19||AZ Alkmaar||Netherlands||1|
Written by Sami Faizullah. Chief Editor of this website.