ISP Exclusive: World's Top 30 Young Talents
IranSportsPress.com: Nima Backi from IranSportsPress team showcases the top 30 young talented players from around the world.
Here are from 30 to 16. The top 15 will be posted on Thursday.
30. Levan Kenia, Schalke 04,
Joined Schalke from Lokomotiv Tblisi before the start of the season, but he has only played for the 2nd team so far, except for a game in UEFA-Cup.
The magician from Georgia have already scored and played for his nation at highest level. At age of 18 he have scored 3 times for Georgia. His dribbling and pace is a major fear for every opponent. Klaus Toppmoeller said he had never before seen a player of his age with such accomplished technical abilities.
But the question is, why doesn't he play any game at the highest level at club level?
This is one of the reasons he isn't higher in this list.
29. Jack Rodwell, Everton
Made his debut at the age of 15 for Everton reserve team. Lately he has also played more and more for Everton A team. Jack can play as a defender ore defensive midfielder. He is physical strong player. It’s very hard to make it at EPL at age of 17 specially if you are a defensive player, but Jack has really shown signs of new star at the rise. He can shoot from distance. Everton don’t want to protect their new star by not letting him play as a defender at young age, and therefore let him play as midfielder before their throw him out as a defender. He has also been used as right midfielder and not too much role in central defense, the same way Spurs did with Ledley King and Sol Campbell in the beginning
28.Sascha Bigalke, Hertha Berlin
Can play at every offensive post in the team. His main strength is what he can do with the ball. An exciting and a new generation is at the rise in Germany. This midfielder will be a new kind of player. Good with the ball, knows where the goal is and also mature for his age. Plays with a lot of confidence. This year Hertha have brought up some young players, Bigalke was one of four players brought up to the A team. Bigalke has one problem that is a worry especially since he will play in Germany, he is extremely immature when the team loses the ball.
27. Nacer Barazite, Arsenal (loan to Derby)
Nacer hasn’t made a name for himself yet in Arsenal. But at Derby he is starting to make a name for himself. The tall player born in Arnhem controls the ball like if he was born with the ball in his feet. Extremely high confidence when he have the ball. Barazite didn’t get that many chances in Arsenal, many agree that he deserved more time, but this season he can play some games and this way easier get back to Arsenal and be in the next years plans. Barazites problem might be his lack of work rate.
26. Adam Lajic, Partizan
Manchester United is on the verge of getting themself their 2nd Serb. This is a different kind of player nicknamed “Little Kaka. What will happen after his transfer to Manchester is not known. Will he be a part of the main squad or will he be sent on loan and be forgotten? Former Yugoslavia has always produced good players, the question is will he be good taken care of or has he moved too early to a big club?
25. Konstantin Rausch, Hannover
Lahm watch out a new full back is on his way! Is good both when the team loses ball and very good touch on the ball when they have the ball. But sadly he doesn’t attack enough. Maybe the reason is that he plays for Hannover, and Hannover don’t like to keep the ball long time, so the fullbacks don’t often get the chance to move up. Teams like Feyenoord and Werder Bremen have been watching this boy for a while. He has also been awarded the next best player of his age in Germany.
Rausch has expressed he won’t stay long in Hannover.
24. Gai Assulin, Barcelona B
The new Messi? Well he is a long way from where Messi where when he was 17 years old. But players improve differently. Assulin has already played for his national team. He is extremely good with the ball, has a tremendous pace, but lacks the speed of Messi when he moves with the ball. He has been in a great youth team and Barcelona B, but will Barca have any chance of giving him the needed chance in the teams main team? With so many good young players it seems like Assulin soon will go on loan and have to change club, how will he deal with that?
23. Fernando Forestieri, Genoa (on loan to Siena).
This technical player is very mature for his age. He even got the chance to play for Argentina’s U-team but turned it down as he wanted to play for Italy. His dribbling is world class, even at age of 18! But Forestieri have so far played for team like Newell’s, Boca, Genoa and know in Siena is that healthy for a young boy? Gazzetta gave him last year 6 on average after the season.
22. Jonathan Urretavizaya, Benfica
An expensive player for Benfica. This offensive player scored 9 goals in 15 games in Uruguay. Can play as a midfielder, winger or striker. Dangerous in front of the goal.
21. Alfred N`Daye, Nancy
What a midfielder! Physical strong for his age, aggressive player and okay with the ball. But his main strength is 1 on 1 when the team loses the ball. The new Patrick Viera. Starting to get a regular at club level as well.
20. Rabiu Ibrahim, Sporting
This 17 year old midfielder played for Nigeria in WC-U17 and won the cup! Was then signed by Sporting right away. Is compared with Jay Jay Okocha. But this little boy lack physique. If he doesn’t get some muscles, he will never make it at highest level. But there is nothing to say about his extreme dribbling, aggressive style of play is a joy to watch. Ibrahim has a bad tendency to hold on to the ball for too long. He has already debuted for national team and been linked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton. But since the clubs have partnerships, if Ibrahim want to move to England Manchester United will be his new club.
19. Mamadou Sakho, PSG
Been in PSG since he was 10 years old and used to play as striker in his younger days.
This central defender is a typical old fashioned defender. Strong, great header, tough marker but lacks any technical ability with the ball. His basics are too low for a star player. Was captain of France U17-World Cup Team. Has also captained at club level, can also play as left back if needed. Resembles very much Thuram. He has played in all U-teams for France. Sakho is also very close to get a call up by the French national team!
18. Baris Memis, Trabzonspor
One of the biggest name in Turkey in these days. Been a regular in his club and played for Turkey U-21.Is a hero for the fans. His great pace and dribbling make him a great wing. But he likes himself better as a striker ore attacking midfielder. He plays at highest level in his own country, which has a good level and he plays a lot. So this player has everything set up for him to make it. Barış Memiş is going to wear 61, the most important number on squad since it is the city code of Trabzon. He has also played on every age level for Turkey. He just miss to play for the A team. Memis is also a smart player that knows how to keep away from problem off and on the pitch a professional player that the fans just love.
17. Daniel Aquino, Real Murcia
Played beside Bojan in U-17 World Cup and scored 3 goals. Wear jersey nr 10 in Real Murcia and many believe this is the 2nd player Calderon have promised to Real Madrid fan. He also has some good crosses so he can also play as left wing. Is also very good at finding himself empty space, good with ball but extremely good without the ball to! A star we in future will see in Spain’s national team.
16. Franco Zuculini, Racing Club
A midfielder that like to control the pace of the game. Works hard, good with the ball and plays big role for his club. Have also great shots that can result in some few goals. Reminds me much of Nekounam in playing style. But can also use both foot.
But lack muscles to control the midfield at highest level.