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Who are the top 4 teenagers in Europe this season?

Sunday 24th December 2017

Every season, there is always a fascination with the most gifted youngsters in the game. All clubs strive to spot or create the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, something which of course, is no mean feat.

Indeed this campaign hasn't been any different. We've been thrilled by some exceptionally talented young players, particularly teenagers. While some already have very high profiles in Europe, others are less well known. Here, we take a look at the most impressive teens this term. Starting from bottom to top. 

4 - Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Christened the next Mesut Ozil, Kai Havertz is absolutely living up to the tag. Athletic, with an eye for goal and a killer pass, the 18-year-old is showing all the signs of becoming a top quality midfielder just like his idol. He's got something extra, though. At 6ft 1in, Havertz is taller, stronger and better in the air. While he is also comfortable with the ball on both feet, a monstrous assignment for Ozil. 

Having spent six years honing his craft with Bayer Leverkusen youth teams, Havertz finally got his breakthrough last season. But the presence of Turkish midfielder, Hakan Calhanoglu, somewhat lessened his relevance. His departure to AC Milan, however, appears to have boosted the performance of the 18-year-old. He's by far been his club's best player this season, with five assists and a goal in just 10 Bundesliga starts. 

3 - Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

The second teen sensation from the Bundesliga, Christian Pulisic clearly needs no introduction. Unlike Havertz, Pulisic is already an established player for both club and country. Although much of his game time has come on the flanks, the accepted wisdom is that the American is destined for a central role. It makes sense: he is adept with both feet and possesses the shape-shifting change of balance that is the signature of the best modern-era No.10s.

Borussia Dortmund, though, has struggled this term even with the Pennsylvania native on the team. Yet, the 19-year-old has shown flashes of his brilliance, making sure the departure of Ousmane Dembele wasn't felt much. In 14 starts, Pulisic has found the back of the net three times and laced one for his teammates. 

2 - Houssem Aouar (Lyon)

Only last season, Houssem Aouar was toiling with Lyon's B team. Fast forward to 2017, he's the most courted young midfielder in Europe. Perhaps, the story may have been completely different had the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso and Maxime Gonalons remained at Groupama. 

In Aouar, Lyon found a blend of the trio in one. The exciting 18-year-old is quick, likes to dribble and adept playing anywhere while his eyes for goals and killer passes is simply phenomenal. That he has demonstrated with aplomb thus far, contributing seven strikes to OL.

1 - Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Where else to finish than the youngster who has smashed all the records. On the pitch, the young Frenchman has continually displayed his class with jaw-dropping performances. Seamlessly slotting into Paris Saint-Germain's team, hitting a combined 25 goals and assists so far. 

Off it, his status is catapulting. Already, the pacy forward, who clocked 19 this month, has been adjourned as Europe's Golden Boy and the seventh best footballer according to the Ballon d'Or. He could as well become the world’s second-most expensive player when his season-long loan from Monaco to PSG is turned permanent next summer.

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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