A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled into an XI from across Europe’s top six leagues. You can read this for all details on Talent Radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.
[Eligibility: As of 1st June 2015 – 21 years old and below for outfield players // 22 years old and below for goalkeepers]
Timo Horn // 22 // Kohn // Goalkeeper: 22 year old German keeper Timo Horn is now into his final year as a Talent Radar goalkeeper. The youngster was seen in action in the game against Darmstadt this past weekend. The final whistle ended the game with both teams sharing the points after neither team managed to put the ball in the back of the net. Horn was called into play several times and was key in keeping a clean sheet for the away side.
Almamy Toure // 19 // Monaco // Left back: After being in and out of the squad at intervals so far this season, Almamy Toure finally got his second 90 minute game in a row and made the most of it. The game was against Marseille and ended in a 3-3 draw. Toure managed to score twice in the game, capping off impressive performance.
Sven van Beek // 21 // Feyenoord // Center back: Another Talent Radar regular, Sven van Beek makes it into this week’s Talent Radar Team of the Week despite featuring in a game that saw his team concede twice. The match against Excelsior ended with a 2-4 scoreline in favour of Feyenoord with van Beek impressing yet again.
Jonathan Tah // 19 // Bayer Leverkusen // Center back: Jonathan Tah has featured in every game for Leverkusen this season and rightly so with him churning out quality performance after quality performance. The Hamburg youth product was a part of the Leverkusen side that took on Schalke over the weekend; the game ending in a 1-1 draw. The youngster still has much to learn but has impressed so far with what he’s shown.
Nathan Ake // 20 // Watford // Left back: The youngster is on loan at Watford, and he’s doing really well too. Quique Sanchez Flores is doing really well, and may have more of a chance of staying here than some of his predecessors, and it may owe something to the form of many of his players. Ake is one such player, and he’s giving the Chelsea staff some headaches. Watford’s exciting win over strugglers Aston Villa saw some good play from him. Defensively, he made just 1 tackle, but 8 interceptions, and that is surely the sign of a good defender. Going forward too, he got 2 dribbles, and this was good for Watford going forward from the wings.
Ross Barkley // 21 // Everton // Midfield: Seen as the future of England’s midfield, Ross Barkley was amongst the drama that took place at Bournemouth this weekend. The 21 year old scored in the dying minutes of the game which earned his team the lead only for that lead to be short lived. Drama aside, Barkley ought to be one of the more level heading youngsters in the game today.
To know more about football’s young stars, read our 100 Young Players to Watch in 2015 feature.
Kenan Karaman // 21 // Hannover // Midfield: The Turkish midfielder recently got back into the Hannover side after a short term injury. Karaman played a key role in helping his team get back to winning ways by contributing an assist and a goal in the 4-0 drubbing of Ingolstadt.
Lucas Andersen // 21 // Willem II // Midfield: Danish youngster Lucas Anderson is currently at Willem II on loan from Ajax. The Willem side took on FC Twente this weekend away from home where Andersen managed to bump up his goal tally to four for the season thanks to a hattick in the 90 minutes played.
M’Baye Niang // 20 // AC Milan // Forward: After spending majority of this season out injured due to a metatarsal fracture, Niang was a key part of the AC Milan side that took Sampdoria to the cleaners. The game ended with a 4-1 scoreline; the French youngster a part of 2 goals and assisting a third in the 74 minutes he was on the pitch.
Nadiem Amiri // 19 // Hoffenheim // Forward: Nadiem Amiri has spent most of this season with the second team but if there was any game that he would pick to prove his valuation, it would be this weekend’s game against Borrusia Monchengladbach where he managed to score one and assist two others.
Sebastian Haller // 21 // FC Utercht // Forward: Frenchman Sebastian Haller concludes this weekend’s Team of the Week making a bid to be including thanks to his performance against Heracles Almelo. The youngster took his season tally to 10 after scoring a brace and helping with an assist as well.
Read all our Talent Radar Team of the Week articles here
Razim Refai is a co-founder and editor of Outside of the Boot.
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