As we head into the first international break of the season, it seems a good time to look at the best young players around and which countries will benefit from their promise.
- Christian Pulisic (USA)
The Borussia Dortmund star is already making a name for himself at club level and he has the ability to become a star on the international stage as well.
Pulisic was born in Pennsylvania but lived in England for a year when he was seven, helping to aid his love of football, or soccer depending on which side of the Atlantic you live!
The 19-year-old could have played for Croatia, the birth place of his Grandad, but rejected their interest to commit to the USA. The forward has already scored nine goals in 21 appearances for his country and continues to impress in the Bundesliga.
- Daniel Arzani (Australia)
Born in Iran, Arzani moved to Australia at the age of seven and became the youngest player to play for Australia in a World Cup in Russia this summer.
The 19-year-old has played for his country at U17, U20, U23 and now senior level and his displays in the Australian league have caught the attentions of Europe’s big clubs.
Arzani joined Manchester City this summer, with the Premier League champions straight away loaning the attacking midfielder to Celtic on a two-year loan deal.
- Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria)
The midfielder is only 21, but seems to have been around for longer having already made a big impact on the club front in both Belgium and England.
Ndidi made his debut for Genk in January 2015 and ever since then, the Nigerian star has caught the eye.
He spent two years in Belgium before sealing a £17million move to Leicester City – who saw him as the replacement for N’Golo Kante.
Despite Leicester failing to hit the heights of previous seasons, Ndidi’s displays have caught the eye of several of Europe’s top clubs who were linked with moves over the summer.
But having made the Super Eagles’ World Cup squad, the Lagos-born star decided to continue his progress with the Foxes and displays suggest he’s in for another big season in the Premier League.
- Phil Foden (England)
Despite only turning 18 in May, Phil Foden is already being talked about as a player to watch and a future England regular.
The midfielder, who won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with England, has already become the youngest ever player to receive a Premier League winners medal.
There’s no biggest praise in the game these days as being talked up by Pep Guardiola. Following a pre-season game against Manchester United, Guardiola said: “It’s a long time since I saw something like this. His performance was another level.”
Foden starred in City’s Community Shield win over Chelsea in August and is likely to feature more as the season progresses.
- Arthur (Brazil)
The Barcelona player is the oldest in the list, having turned 22 in August, and he does look to have an outstanding career ahead of him.
Arthur was 19 when he made his senior debut for Gremio and just three years later, he was completing a €31million switch to European giants Barcelona.
Lionel Messi has already described the Brazilian as having the potential to be ‘the new Xavi’ and Arthur looks to have a big future ahead at the Nou Camp.
His inclusion in the Brazilian squad for their upcoming friendlies with the USA and El Salvador also highlights how highly he is rated in his homeland.
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