Top 30 talents: the biggest hopes in world football under 20 (10-6) – football

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They are young, they are talented. And the world is just waiting to see them shine. The English version of Eurosport invites you to discover its selection of the 30 best young people who will be playing the football of tomorrow. The only condition? They must be born after January 1, 2000. Place in places 10 to 6.

10th – Sandro Tonali (Brescia)

  • Age : 19 years old
  • Position: Midfielder
  • End of contract : June 30, 2021


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Sandro Tonali was born in Lodi, in Lombardy, on May 8, 2000. From an early age, the young Italian showed impressive technical skills and vision of the game during his visits to Lombardia Uno and Piacenza. Brescia quickly smells talent and recruits him the year of his 12 years. Tonali continues to learn, continues to amaze northern Italy and attracts the attention of the country’s biggest clubs.

Launched in Serie B when he was only 17, the Italian midfielder quickly gained his place in the first team of Brescia. During the 2018-2019 season, Tonali explodes. With his goals and assists, the young Lombard shows exceptional maturity for his age and is a key member of the team of Eugenio Corini, champion of Serie B and promoted to Serie A at the end of the exercise.

Technical, he has a right foot allowing him to distribute perfect passes, whether short or long. And the transalpine is also far from being clumsy with his left foot. Tonali is the perfect player in regista (playmaker who evolves in a very remote position which organizes the game in front of the defense), but he also takes pleasure in carrying the ball and playing in a more offensive register, as during his years in youth team.

Able to score from outside the penalty area, control the pace of the game and play in small spaces, Tonali is a complete midfielder. And at 19, he put all of Italy in his pocket.

Tonali is the first player born in 2000 to have been called up with the Squadra Azzura.

He is considered the “new Pirlo” on the other side of the Alps, but the young Italian said his idol was another rossonero legend, Gennaro Gattuso.

  • Comparison: There’s a lot of Pirlo in Sandro Tonali’s game, but Luka Modric is also a good comparison for the current Brescia player.

Unsurprisingly, almost all European cadors. However, his future is still in Serie A, according to the latest releases of his agent. Inter Milan is working the track and seems to be on the pole to recover Tonali. The nerazzurri are notably considering a loan from Sebastiano Esposito in the deal. Juve, Naples and AC Milan are also on the front line to snatch the Italian environment.

  • Market value : 31.5 million euros (Transfermarkt estimate)

Sandro Tonali

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9th – Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)

  • Age : 19 years old
  • Position: Midfielder
  • End of contract : June 30, 2022

This season, Dominik Szoboszlai’s merits have been somewhat overshadowed by the XXL performances of Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino. However, unlike his former teammates, who left cheaply at BVB and Liverpool, the Hungarian midfielder will undoubtedly be the future big transfer of the Austrian club, which will achieve an exceptional added value. Rumors indicate that the RB community will not be selected if a check for more than 25 million euros arrives on the table of Austrian decision-makers. And that’s almost all a good deal considering the player’s level and potential.

On loan to FC Liefering, the home club of RB Salzburg in the Austrian D2, Szoboszlai returned to the Austrian champion with a reputation as a midfielder. In Salzburg, the Hungarian became more of an outfitter. His ability to carry the ball, dictate the game and find the pass at the right tempo set him apart from other midfielders. Even if his decision-making can still be improved, the potential of Szoboszlai is impressive.

  • The anecdote: His father Zsolt was his youth coach.
  • Comparison: Dominik Szoboszlai has repeatedly said that he was inspired by Paul Pogba and Toni Kroos to structure his play. There is also a very strong resemblance to Kevin De Bruyne in the way he carries the ball.

Liverpool is very interested in the Hungarian environment. Like Amadou Haidara, Marcel Sabitzer, Konrad Laimer or Dayot Upamecano before him, Szoboszlai could also be tempted to join the other Red Bull in Leipzig. Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and more and more Serie A clubs including AC Milan are following developments in the international Magyar.

  • Market value : 13.5 million euros

Dominik Szoboszlai (Red Bull Salzburg) wird von Arsenal beobachtet

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8th – Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus Turin, on loan to Parma)

  • Age : 20 years
  • Position: Attacking midfielder
  • End of contract : June 30, 2024

Before the interruption of the championships due to the coronavirus, Kulusevski was one of the beautiful surprises of the season in Serie A. Like many players in this ranking, the young Swedish combines both great technical skills and great athletic skills. His ability to find spaces, mixed with his intelligence of play, his vivacity and his game with ball, undoubtedly make him a special player.

However, the versatility of Kulusevski poses a problem on its place on the field: is it better to make it evolve on one side or in the heart of the game? In Parma, he played in several systems, in 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 alternating between the right wing and midfield each time. Although he is able to accomplish great things regardless of his position on the field, the young midfielder does not necessarily have a mentor to frame him and help him settle in a position in a sustainable way ( as was the case for Kevin De Bruyne with Guardiola, for example). If he is still on the Bianconeri bench next season, the role of Maurizio Sarri will be decisive in helping Kulusevski to build.

The environment formed at Atalanta Bergamo is the Old Lady’s first major investment for a player born in the 2000s. Last January, Kulusevski signed a contract with Juventus until 2024 for 35 million euros. A substantial sum which proves that Turin’s decision-makers firmly believe in the potential of the young Swedish.

Born in Stockholm to Macedonian parents, Kulusevski is part of the new generation of Swedes who are transforming the demography of the country. His love for football came from his older sister Sandra, with whom he played in his early years. The latter did not hesitate to “shake” the young Dejan by tackling or provoking him.

Like many young Swedes, Dejan Kulusevski modeled his game in futsal, which is played in winter in Sweden.

It was discovered by Maurizio Costanzi, the director of the Atalanta academy.

  • Comparison: A little bit from Nicolo Zaniolo, a little bit from Kevin De Bruyne and you get Dejan Kulusevski.
  • Who is interested ?

Juventus went all out to offer the young Swede last January. It could potentially be loaned next season.

  • Market value : 31.5 million euros

Kulusevski – Parma-Lecce – Serie A 2019/2020

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7th – Ferrán Torres (Valencia)

  • Age : 20 years
  • Position: Wingman
  • End of contract : June 30, 2021

Electric. This is perhaps the most suitable term to describe Ferran Torres. His story is that of a kid from Valence who joined his club at the age of 6 after being spotted on a futsal field with his friends before going through all the stages and categories of young people to break into professionals, and follow in the footsteps of David Silva and Juan Mata.

The young Torres was integrated into the first team during the 2017-2018 winter transfer window. Little by little, the young Spanish entered the rotation of Marcelinho. The technician Los Ches relied heavily on the complementarity of José Gayà and Gonçalo Guedes on the left flank especially in the offensive phase, somewhat abandoning the right side to bring danger. The contribution of Ferrán Torres has greatly contributed to revitalizing this gaming sector.

Extremely fast winger, the Spanish winger is very comfortable with leather and his touch of ball treats the Valencia fans. Anything but surprising when you know the quality and DNA of the elements from the Spanish club’s academy. Its quality of center is one of its big strengths and allows to create many hot situations in front of the goal.

In 2017, entering the game against Eibar, he became the first player born in the 2000s to make his appearance in La Liga.

  • Comparison: Marco Asensio.

One year from the end of his contract, Torres attracted the envy of many European leaders such as FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. If he wants to stay in Valencia – as mentioned in a video interview with AS a few days ago, the contract extension of the Spanish drag on and the competition could jump at the chance to fold Valencia.

  • Market value : 45 million euros

Ferran Torres (FC Valencia) wird von vielen Klubs umworben

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6th – Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais)

  • Age : 17 years
  • Position: Midfielder
  • End of contract : June 30, 2022

If you ask observers which position is the most difficult to impose on professionals when you are young, everyone will answer the same or almost the same thing: defensive midfielder. They will also mention the position of central defender, but the position of “sentry” requires such tactical discipline, optimal concentration, with and without the ball, that it is difficult for very young players to hold this role when they arrive. among professionals. And that’s what makes Eduardo Camavinga so special.

The kid trained at La Piverdière is disconcertingly easy for his age. As if he had been evolving among professionals for several years. Camavinga plays without fear and never seems worried even when he is under pressure or when he has to recover the ball from the opponent’s feet. Relaxed, liberated, lively, the young Rennes player delivered his best performances of the season against the champions of the championship. Against PSG, in August 2019, a few days after having extended with his training club, Camavinga had delivered an anthology service which had revealed it to the whole world. The machine was started.

At just 17, he is coming out of a colossal season and has done wonders. And it would be almost scary to imagine the level that Eduardo Camavinga can reach in his best years …

With his thundering August 2019, Eduardo Camavinga is the youngest player in the history of the French championship to have received the player of the month trophy.

  • Comparison: Sergio Busquets. However, it is difficult to find an ideal comparison with Eduardo Camavinga as his profile seems really unique.

Manchester United has never hidden its interest in French international hope. But it is especially Real Madrid which leads the race for the signing of the young prodigy. If Camavinga wishes for the moment to continue the adventure among Red and black, some rumors say that he would already be from Madrid if the coronavirus pandemic had not made its own …

  • Market value : 37.5 million euros


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