As the new season creeps upon us, we are taking a look at 10 young talents that could make a big impact on the football world this year.


I will be focusing on players under the age of 21.


GK – Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The 20-year-old has made a name for himself with Monchengladbach reserves, last season he solidified his place as the first choice keeper with some outstanding performances. After being touted as being as good as Manuel Neuer, expectations are high for the young stopper.

Star Rating 4/5


LB/CB – Danny Wilson

Liverpool’s 20-year-old defender began life at Rangers and captained the Under 19 team and was compared to Alan Hansen, with such a big label it was only a matter of time before a big club came calling. Liverpool signed the Scot in July 2010, he has featured regularly in the reserves along with a few first team appearances. He will be looking to stake a claim on a first team place this year.

Star Rating 3.5/5


CB – Raphael Varane

19-year-old Varane has a big future ahead of him, already the youngest foreign player to score in a competitive match for Real Madrid and a few first team starts already under his belt; he will no doubt be featuring through this season as he develops further.

Star Rating 4/5


CB – Steven Caulker

The 20-year-old England Under 19 International currently contracted to Tottenham has spent the last few seasons on loan, he has impressed in League one, Championship and Premier League throughout his loan spells and has no doubt caught the eye of the Spurs staff.

Star Rating 3/5


LM – Xherdan Shaqiri

The 20-year-old was outstanding at Basel and has secured a 4-year deal with Bayern Munich, a player that is likely to be playing a key role within the team, he will surely light up the European stage in the Champions League along with the domestic league.

Star Rating 5/5


CM – Zakaria Labyad

After impressing at PSV 19-year-old Labyad signed for Sporting C.P with a 5-year contract, the young Moroccan has brilliant attacking awareness and knows how to find the back of the net. Sporting will be hoping for a quick impact from the youngster.

Star Rating 3/5


CM – Lucas Moura

The 19-year-old Brazilian star has already earned himself a first team spot at Sao Paulo, along with 15 appearances for the National first team scoring 1 goal, with big clubs chasing the young start, the question is where will he be plying his trade this coming season?

Star Rating 4/5


ST – Yaya Sanogo

I must admit I am a huge fan of Yaya, tall and technically gifted Auxerre’s 18-year-old has lethal goal scoring ability. Having represented France at Under 16, 17, 19 and 21 his record speaks volumes, with 18 goals in 18 games at Under 16 level and 9 goals in 16 at under 17, I believe Yaya will be one of the best strikers in Europe within 3-4 years.

Star Rating 5/5


ST – M’Baye Niang

The 17-year-old has had a trial with Arsenal recently after impressing at French outfit Caen.

A raw yet very talented player, who given the chance will make a huge impact in world football. Yet another French youth international.

Star Rating 4.5/5


ST – Carlos Fierro

17-year-old Mexican striker who has been closely matched to a certain Javier Hernandez,

The Guadalajara starlet possesses incredible fitness, tactical awareness and an eye for goal. No doubt he will be closely watched by top clubs over Europe, I for one wouldn’t mind seeing him join his compatriot at Manchester United.

Star Rating 4/5


You may have noticed I have not included some big names, this is because I was only choosing 10, also I wanted to focus on players that may be unknown or just not known worldwide.


Please feel free to give your thoughts and feedback regarding these youngsters,

As this reflects my opinions, why not include some of your own, who knows maybe throughout the season I can provide an update with the performances of these players, along with any you may like me to watch.

By Lee Holness