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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).
Although Memphis Depay‘s Team of the Week streak was ended as he failed to make the latest one, he retains top spot in our Top 10 Young Forwards list by some margin. His incredible start to the season also earned him the #1 spot in our list of Top 10 Young Players of August 2014. There remains no doubt of Depay’s ability, with his performances at the World Cup also showing that he isn’t just in good form in a supposed weak league, he is infact arguably one of the best players coming through from Talent Radar this season.
Youngster Anwar El Ghazi continues his climb up the rankings after being trusted with firs-team opportunities by Frank De Boer while 19-yr-old Muamer Tankovic is close on his heels. Though he missed out on the Team of the Week, he was impressive one again, scoring one and setting up another, also earning a mention in the August list, like Anwar El Ghazi.
Jurgen Locadia is one that suffers as others from the Eredivise rise ahead of him, after a good start to the season with goals in the opening two games, he has faded away a bit in the following two, failing to even make the last PSV Eindhoven starting XI.
In fact, as the list above shows, the rise of El Ghazi and Tankovic in this latest Talent Radar Top 10 Young Forwards list, plenty of players from the previous issue have been in a bit of a free fall. Paul-Georges Ntep, Saido Berahino & Munir El Haddadi all drop places after not having shown the same level of performances after their initial display(s). Alexi Bosetti retains a 6th place spot, he too failing to improve on his position.
It is instead, the players who most impressed recently that effect the rankings in this issue (though that won’t be the case henceforth since we’ll have more players, more games and more options to consider). Paco Alcacer made the latest Talent Radar Team of the Week and he thus also enters this list at #9. Domenico Berardi who was in our Talent Radar Team of the Season for 2013/14 just about creeps in as well. You can expect both those players to rise further when the next issue is out on September 24th.
|1||Memphis Depay||20||PSV Eindhoven||Netherlands||3|
|2||Anwar El Ghazi||19||Ajax||Netherlands||1|
|3||Muamer Tankovic||19||AZ Alkmaar||Sweden||1|
|4||Jurgen Locadia||20||PSV Eindhoven||Netherlands||1|
|7||Saido Berahino||21||West Bromwich Albion||England||1|
|8||Munir El Haddaddi||18||Barcelona||Spain||1|
Written by Sami Faizullah. Chief Editor of this website.