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Europe's wonder kids with a point to prove next season

Saturday 29th July 2017
A Plethora of youngsters got us dumbfounded with their incredible performances last season. These promising prospects will aim to continue their progress in the upcoming campaign to avoid being branded a one season wonder.

Here are nine wonder kids, aged 20 or below, from across Europe with a lot to prove ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season.

1 - Kylian Mbappe

Monaco starlet, Kylian Mbappe, has been compared to some of the greatest of all time, despite playing just one season as a professional. Indeed, the young Frenchman possesses all the requisite qualities to become the best. But first, he must prove to be a consistent performer by at least replicating his debut season exploits.

2 - Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham was undoubtedly last season's Championship breakout star with 23 strikes in 41 games for Bristol City. However, he is unproven at the highest level - the Premier League - having previously featured just twice for Chelsea. Now on loan at Swansea City, the 19-year-old will be poised to show he can compete against the very best in the business.

3 - Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke's case is a peculiar one considering the manner he left Chelsea for Liverpool. The 19-year-old will be motivated to hunt down his former employers as well as repay the Reds' faith in him. Solanke's goalscoring prowess has never been in doubt but he will need to do a little bit more in the elite division at Anfield.

4 - Youri Tielemans

For a player who arrived France with a reputation as not only the brightest prospect in Belgium but also the best, there's certainly a lot of pressure to deliver. Youri Tielemans is Monaco's biggest summer recruit at around £22 million from Anderlecht. He is expected to fill in for Tiemoue Bakayoko who moved to Chelsea.

5 - Jordi Mboula

Jordi Mboula's situation is similar to that of Solanke. Despite showing so much promise at La Masia, Barcelona seemingly refused to hand him first team opportunities, not to speak of improving his current deal. But that's in the past now thanks to Monaco's willingness to meet both. He owes a lot to the Principality club and must work to prove Barca wrong.

6 - Henry Onyekuru

Not until Arsenal showed up, many had no knowledge of Henry Onyekuru. Well, today the 20-year-old is an Everton player after signing from Belgian side, KAS Eupen, where he struck 22 times last season. Onyekuru, on loan at Anderlecht, will have to justify the hype which trailed his switch to Goodison Park.

7 - Rodrigo Bentancur

Uruguayan youngster, Rodrigo Bentancur, was Juventus' first signing of the summer from Boca Juniors. A household name in Argentina, the tall, powerful and sleek midfielder needs to do much more to earn similar plaudits in Europe.

8 - Theo Hernandez

Not always do we see players move across the Madrid divide. But surprisingly, young left-back, Theo Hernandez sealed that deal in spite the animosity existing between both sides. Now, the 19-year-old must show just why both sides broke their pact for his signature.

9 - Dani Cabellos

Not too long after capturing Theo, Real Madrid added another youngster, Dani Cabellos, to their squad. He may have made almost a century appearances for Real Betis, yet the 20-year-old midfielder will be under pressure to blend at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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