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The Prospect List Top 100 Young Talent In The World
Steviebeefs (Arsenal) 4 years ago
Am not much for writing as you will soon find out. So please forgive me in that aspect, but I will need all the criticism I can get from you in the scouting aspect. I would like to get your opinions and thoughts on this list. Well as an American the sport Baseball is huge many of you might not be familiar with it, but that's not the point am trying to make. In Baseball they rank the new wave of players from lists from 1 to 50. I have been working on my own list, but not for Baseball. With Football it's different because I think it's a huge sport and spotting talent can be difficult. They're, so many talented guys all around the world who can make such a list and who can be snubbed out of it. For months now I have been working on my own list with any free time I get from school. I would look at teams and there full roster search guys under the age of twenty watch videos look at if they have any big appearances and where they're, at with there national teams. So each week I will do ten starting from one-hundred all the way down to ninety the first week. This is all opinion based based on the research I have conducted so please don't get offended. They are so many guys out there that some might not make my list, but feel free to point it out. So then let's get to it for the first week and thanks for your time and support.

Week One

100- M'Baye Babacar Niang Club- Caen Age-17 Nationality- France Position- ST

His one of those strong and pacey forwards. Still young and lots to learn, but I think he has the talent to do it. His been linked with a couple of big teams before like Man city. His got great legs and is very calm in front of the net. He can finish well for his age and is also good in the air. He just recently got moved up to the u-21 French team and scored in his first game. His had shown he can score in big games he scored against Marseille, and became the second youngest player in history to score in league 1. My comparison for him would be he reminds me of a little Loïc Rémy. This kid is a gem and could be coming over to the EPL in a year.

99- Adryan Tavares Club- Flamengo Age-17 Nationality- Brazil Position- CAM

Don't know how else to say it but Brazil have done it again producing another number 10. This kid is a gem alert only 17 with loads of talent. If you watched the u-17 world cup you saw him net 5 times in the tournament. Sir Alex has had his eye on him for a year now and has trained with Manchester United before. His the complete Attacking Forward with 5 star skill and great reading of the field he can create get passed defenders and score. He is also a good Free kick taker his small but plays big. The only problem is he is looking up at guys like Kaka, Ganso, lucas. Expect to see him in 2018 world cup and do damage.

98-Gabriel Appelt Pires Club- Juventus Age-17 Nationality- Brazil Position- cm/cdm

Complete opposite from Adryan this kid is more ready to make a impact. He was Signed by the current league leaders of Serie A Juventus last summer. His very disciplined not the fastest guys but he can hold really well and get in the way of passing lanes. His got good foot skills and good passing at his position. I think he will get minutes at Juve by next year. It's going to be a bit of time before he cracks the Brazil team. No doubt he will make it by 2018 world cup.

97- Jon Flanagan Club- Liverpool Age- 18 Nationality- England Position- RB

His already broke through but I think he still has a lot to show. He has great awareness that's what I like most about him. He can support the attack and can also track back well. He remind me a lot of Leighton Baines of Everton. His not as big as his teammate Martin Kelly or as complete, but I think his unique in his own way. Can tackle well and with lots of experience already he can turn out well. With Kelly on the team Liverpool might look to sell him, but you never know.

96- Emmanuel Frimpong Club - Arsenal Age-19 Nationality- Ghana Position - CDM
All Arsenal fans are familiar with Frimpong already a fan favorite. I like to think of him as an enforcer. His got a lot of experience already and has played in some big games. He can win you a lot of tackles in the middle and with a lot of pace and stamina. His missing the passing part of his game he looses a lot of balls in the middle which is a let down. His comparisons to current teammate Alex Song and Micheal Essien.

95- Nathaniel Clyne Club- Crystal Palace Age 19 Nationality- England Position rb/lb

I watched him a lot during the u-21 England group stages. His a up and down fullback with lot's of skill. He times his tackles really well and can cross the ball really well. Just a couple days ago Reading who are returning to EPL said they would go after him and teammate Wilfred Zaha. Also Manchester city and Fulham have been watching him closely.

94- Giorgi Chanturia- Club-Vitesse Age-18 Nationality- Georgia Position- lw/rw/st

Love this kid he brings a lot of problems to defenders. I urge you guys to watch his video on YouTube very fun to watch. If I was rankings agility footwork balance he would be up there with guys like Neymar, Ox, Gotze, Very hard to tackle in my mind. He can cross well and put perfect balls in the box. He could be top 30 on my list in a year. His only problem he can hold onto the ball too long and has a hard time finishing. No big links but his market value is up.

93- Manolo Gabbiadini- Club- Atlanta Age-19 Nationality- Italy Position- ST

I like what he brings to the table. His very simple and is a complete forward he has good speed. He plays very big good in the air and has a wonderful first touch. The only major teams his linked with are Napoli and Manchester United. He scores with half chances and is not the most technically gifted but is very intelligent.

92- Nicola Leali- Club- Brescia Age 18 Nationality Italy Position- GK

Time to show the goalies some love. As a former goalie I think people really underrate this position. To win trophies you have to have a stud at goalie. Nicola is a very active and talented keep. His being watched by a lot of big club teams all over in Italy. Teams like Ac Milan Napoli Catania and Juventus all in a bidding war for him. He has great positioning lightning fast reflexes and draw comparisons of a young Buffon. Watch his videos on YouTube his a excellent talent.

91- Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro Club- Barcelona Age- 17 Nationality-Spain Position- st/lw/rw

- One of many Spanish/Barcelona players to make the list. This kid could be really high on my list in the future. His main position is strike, but I think his a better wing player. When you watch some his videos you can see he likes to drift to outsides. His big has good pace and excellent footwork. His also got a calm demeanor about him and front of the net. I don't think he will see any first team action for at least two years. Barcelona have great wingers and won't need his service for awhile. Don't really have any comparisons too early to tell. Guys keep an eye out for him for sure. Just because his one hundred on list does not mean his not talented it's a good list boys.

90- Granit Xhaka Club- FC Basel Age-18 Nationality- Switzerland Position- Midfielder

- We are all familiar with FC Basel by now especially Man united fans. That was a joke ironically you might see this kid wearing a United jersey. His a midfielder but the question is what kind of midfielder is he a roaming, attacking, or holding mid. In my opinion I think his a attacking midfielder. His got good speed his very crafty and has excellent visions. He reads the field well and can also hit a shoot outside the box. I think he can score and create and could also move up the list. The good thing about his got experience for his age. His already played over six hundred minutes in the champions league. His made appearances for both Switzerland under 21 and the national team six caps and has scored a goal.

Would love some feedback and your own prospects if your in to that type of thing thanks for the read. I will have week two ready by next week friday again.
Canook (Arsenal) 4 years ago
Nice post! I enjoyed reading it and I am looking forward for the next 10!
Felips (Tottenham Hotspur) 4 years ago
#93 Atalanta, not Atlanta, other than that, looking forward to seeing the next 90
LumpOfCelery (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Good list, Look forward to the next 10
Franky4fingers (Barcelona) 4 years ago
I haven't been following young prospects for a while now. It takes up a lot of effort but I'm glad you are putting the list together. Out of this list, I know Gerard Deulofeu. He is quite an exciting player. Like Tello and Cuenca he is more of a winger but has enough skills to be a striker as well. I know a lot of La Masia youth players are going to feature on the list so I'm going to wait to comment on them when you post their names. I like Giorgi Chanturia but like you mentioned he is a massive dribbler. As someone who played striker, I absolutely detest players who hog the ball. But he does have good movement and passing abilities. Frimpong is great midfield holder. It always makes me happy when I see good defensive midfielders coming up because it is a dying art since all the glory goes to goal scorers these days.

Looking forward to the next 10.
Steviebeefs (Arsenal) 4 years ago
@franky A lot more Barcelona players left on my list Cuenca would be on this list but he just turned 21. I think Tello is a gem and him and Cuenca will fight for a spot next year. It's amazing how many Barcelona kids are on the rise. Really respect that last bit I think you have to have a glue type midfielder that's disciplined. Guys like that don't get as much credit attributed to them

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