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12 Days of Football 2019/20: Ten lads-a-leaping

Monday 30th December 2019
They say it's a young man's game. Here comes the next wave.
They say it's a young man's game. Here comes the next wave.

On the tenth day of football,
UEFA gave to me
Ten lads-a-leaping,
Nine ladies playing,
Eight managers managing,
Seven sides-a-sinking,
Six games amazing,
Five Golden Goals!
Four calls blown,
Three French clubs,
Two title races and 
Liverpool and Man City

Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the holiday fixtures, our writers will look back on the 2019 calendar year and ahead to the season's end in a series of 12 articles covering different issues and leagues in European football. Today, Rob Pratley celebrates football's new blood. Enjoy.

Every passing season, it appears that the beautiful game gets younger. Speed, pace, movement and work rate are now the buzz words. If you're over 30 and your name isn't Messi or Ronaldo, your career may be over. Teenagers such as Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Joao Felix no longer pop up once or twice a year. More like once a week. Even as the ten starlets listed here became household names, others such as Erling Haaland,  Fede Valverde and Mason Greenwood emerged. Like ageing players, we can't keep up. 

So, here are ten of the most exciting new stars from 2019. Get them while they're fresh.

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Rob Pratley

When not found watching almost any European football coverage, Soccer Saturday, EFL Review on Quest, or the English Premier League, Rob enjoys crying passionately at repeats of Chelsea's Champions League Final triumph because it is so emotional. An avid football fan, he has an opinion on every team, every league and every player - from Perry Ng to Tammy Abraham, to Mark Creighton, Kim Jin-Su and Aarom Kuhl. Outside of writing for It's Round and White, Rob is a Black Belt at Tae-Kwon-Do and has an impressive collection of accidents and injuries.

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