An ever-present figure in the French national youth teams Lucas Hernandez is the latest product of Atletico Madrid’s carousel of youth talents – following in the footsteps of now first team regular Jose Gimenez.
The Frenchman made his Atleti debut in 2014 but has yet been able to shake off any of the back four for a starting position. Quick, aggressive and able to play at left-back and centre-back, the 20-year-old’s play style is similar to Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo.
As reported by MEN Sport, Pep Guardiola attempted to sign Hernandez last summer and will make a renewed bid in the following transfer window. As Guardiola searches for a long-term centre-back partner for John Stone, Diego Simeone will again have to show resilience if he is to keep the youngster.
Signing for the Red Devils in the summer of 2016 from Feyernood, shaggy haired Tahith Chong is emerging to be one of the most exciting prospects in the bountiful United youth ranks.
The Dutch teenager came to Old Trafford with a big reputation in his homeland and after watching his performances it is not surprising. In full flow it is like seeing a reincarnation of a young Ryan Giggs – fast, direct and left-footed – a defender’s nightmare.
United lie second in the Under-18 League North and Chong has played a major part in that with impressive performances from the left wing.
Oliver Burke and RB Leipzig have enjoyed an impressive start to Bundesliga life as they remain just three-points off German giants Bayern Munich – not bad for a team only founded in 2009.
Signed from Nottingham Forrest in the summer for £13m, Burke became the most expensive Scottish footballer of all time and has now made 16 appearances for the newly promoted club and four for his national side.
With surging powerful runs from the right wing and an eye for a goal, the 19-year-old is likened to Gareth Bale, although Burke himself admits yet he is nowhere near the level of the Madrid star.
Borussia Dortmund secured the services of one of the most sort-after young talents in Europe in the summer. They snared FC Nordsjaelland’s Emre Mor for £5m away from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in the process.
Born in Denmark to a Macedonian mother and a Turkish father, it is safe to say Mor was spoilt for choice about where his international football ties lie. Turkey was his preference and the 19 year-old was part of their 2016 squad.
As blasphemous as it may sound his speed, close control dribbling and ability to beat multiple men can only be compared to the great Lionel Messi.
But firstly the Turk has to break into the starting eleven of most people’s favourite German team before we can freely use his and Messi’s name in the same breath.
Chelsea (Bristol City)
Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has been a revelation at Bristol City scoring 14 goals in his 24 appearances for The Robins – only two players in the Championship have scored more.
Yet to reach his physical peak, the 19 already poses a major threat to most defenders. Fast, powerful and standing at 6ft2″, the youngster can give most centre-backs a tough day at the office.
Abraham has always been prolific ever since he joined the Blues academy at the age of seven. Although it’s unknown if he will be part of Antonio Conte’s first-team plans for next season or if he will be loaned out again, one thing is certain… Tammy Abraham looks a player.