With new seasons getting underway teams are getting the chance to show off new talent. This is especially a chance for young players to make a name for themselves. I’ll be taking a look at five players you may not have heard of that you need to familiarize yourself with! If you all enjoy this article on these young talents, I’ll write another! You don’t have to twist my arm I love this kind of stuff. Without further ado let’s get into it!
- #1- Jonathan David, KAA Gent (Belgium) ST, Canada
OH CANADA!! David, who was actually born in Brooklyn, New York, chose to play for the Canadian at age 17 quickly making his way up to the senior team. The now 18 year old striker made the move to KAA Gent in Belgium after shredding opposition as a member of the Ottawa Internationals. David is known for his pace and quality finishing. In 370 minutes of game time, he has scored 6 goals which gives him an average of one goal every 62 minutes! If he can continue to tear up the Belgian league like he currently is, bigger clubs will come calling. Keep an eye on this Canuck as he looks to bring some football relevance to his homeland.
- #2- Timothy Weah, PSG (France) ST, USA
Okay this is totally an American bias pick but I love this guy. Weah’s father George was one of the best players of his era and his son is looking to carry on that legacy. Having already made his national team debut at 18 years old, Weah now looks to crack an incredible line up at PSG. With teammates like Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani playing his position it certainly won’t be easy. However, in limited playing time Weah has shown electric speed and a solid ability to find the back of the net. He’s found the back of the net twice in three matches this season and will look to add to that tally as the year progresses. LET THE PATRIOTISM RUN FREE FELLOW AMERICANS!! U-S-A! U-S-A! Just let me have this one okay guys?
- #3- Dan-Axel Zagadou, Borussia Dortmund (Germany) CB, France
Shifting from attack to defence, Zagadou is a formidable player for his age. At 19 years old, he is already cementing himself as a regular in the Dortmund starting lineup. Five games under his belt this season and he has started all five of those matches. His quality play has pushed Dortmund to first in the Bundesliga after seven games with a tally of seventeen points. Zagadou is an extremely gifted prospect in terms of his physical attributes. At 6’6″, weighing in at about 200 pounds, Dan-Axel is naturally strong but also surprisingly rapid. He is also solid on the ball, showing the capabilities to dribble and pass at a quality level for a defender. Expect to hear this name more often as his play for Dortmund will force France to keep an eye on him.
- #4- Jacob Bruun Larsen, Borussia Dortmund (Germany) Winger, Denmark
This young man had to make his way onto my list based on the way he has been playing lately! In five games this season, Larsen has scored three goals and has two assists. Larsen put himself on the international stage this past week with an impressive showing in the Champions League. He came on as a substitute at halftime and immediately turned the tide of the match. He found the back of the net and also got an assist as well. This in turn, led Dortmund to a 3-0 over French side AS Monaco. Larsen displays great positional awareness because he always seems to be in the right place when he needs to be. Paired with solid finishing abilities, Larsen looks to continue his impressive season. Side note, Dortmund do a fantastic job with their young players do they not?
- #5- Ronaldo Vieira, UC Sampdoria (Italy), Midfielder, England
All hail the queen! For my final player, I’ve decided to highlight this young lad. Formerly of Leeds United, Vieira turned heads last season which led to his transfer to Sampdoria. Since his arrival to the Italian side, Vieira has not seen a large amount of game time. However, the potential is absolutely there. Leeds fans were furious that he was sold this past summer, which speaks to how highly they view him. Currently, Vieira has made three appearances for the England U-21’s and will look to make his way to the senior team. Vieira is best when he can put his physical tools to work and run the midfield. He tends to play centrally and lean towards the defensive side of play. Keep an eye on Vieira, especially if he can force his way into Sampdoria’s starting line up.
That brings us to the end! What do you think? Would you like to see another U21 highlight article? Let me know! I thoroughly enjoyed writing this article! Until next time have a great day and God bless!