Martinelli, Hlozek, Livramento amongst U21 stars poised for breakthrough 2022

Martinelli, Hlozek, Livramento amongst U21 stars poised for breakthrough 2022

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  • Tor-Kristian Karlsen

In April, I checked out the next period of male football stars — the tip skills, inclined 21 or below, who have shown the promise and ability to turn out to be the next family names.

While the 39 avid gamers on that checklist were already moderately established at their clubs, there are also some lesser-identified names who have also raised their stage this 300 and sixty five days — ample to counsel that they is more probably to be the next breakout stars in 2022.

It is a checklist of folks that, with the correct development, success and opportunities in their respective first groups, could fabricate a right name for themselves within the Fresh Year.

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Adam Hlozek | 19 | Forward | Sparta Praha

The 19-300 and sixty five days-extinct has long been linked with a stride in one other country and remains to be being monitored by a number of of Europe’s elite clubs as he approaches his 200th league sport for Sparta. A transient, racy ahead who can both be fielded as a centre-ahead or in a deeper, more supporting/roaming characteristic, Hlozek is already a burly senior international for the Czech Republic and made three substitute appearances at closing summer time’s Euro 2020.

Despite standing moderately broad at 6-foot-2, Hlozek is happier when the ball is on the bottom, and he loves making runs in within the again of the defensive position. Time will repeat whether or no longer any top clubs — Liverpool, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have been talked about as imaginable suitors — are willing to meet Sparta’s reported €18 million valuation in January.

Gabriel Martinelli | 20 | Forward | Arsenal

After a promising commence following his arrival from Ituano in 2019, the Brazilian’s Premier League progression has been held again by routine injuries. Alternatively, his most recent performances have been impactful, and his two targets away at Leeds United were of the very ideal squawk.

Whether or no longer playing wide on both side or thru the heart up entrance, Martinelli excels with his ideal off-the-ball motion and agility, in overall finding say between the strains to set off on incisive runs. He also possesses a cultured touch on the ball and an incredibly high work rate — and given his ability to play posthaste combinations within the final third, he suits neatly into Mikel Arteta’s attacking plans.

Odilon Kossounou | 20 | Centre-again | Bayer Leverkusen

The Ivory Float international has loved a meteoric upward push since he became as soon as allowed to stride to Club Brugge by Hammarby after only six months in Sweden. Straight spectacular in Belgium, Kossounou spent two years on the membership before he earned a €23m stride to Bayer Leverkusen, amid reported passion from Premier League clubs, within the summer time of 2021.

Besides being posthaste, commanding within the air, centered and having the stability to fend off challenges when entering into midfield with the ball, Kossounou is aware of easy solutions to protect one vs. one. Even when he’s dragged out of central positions, he tends to advance out with the ball first.

Tino Livramento | 19 | Appropriate-again | Southampton

Having established himself as a Premier League regular in no time in any recognize this 300 and sixty five days, one wonders what new achievements await the teen in 2022. Despite being named “Academy participant of the season” at Chelsea and being occupied with the fundamental team space-up in opposition to the tip of 2020-21, Livramento grew to turn out to be down a new contract with Chelsea — where he noticed his pathway blocked by England international Reece James — to affix Southampton.

A transient appropriate-again who can wicked neatly, he has faithful approach and is a cultured ball-carrier. Livramento has blossomed at St Mary’s to point to himself to be a right prospect.

Tyler Morton | 19 | Central midfielder | Liverpool

The talented midfielder has made a first rate commence to his legit career, with two magnificent shows within the Champions League in opposition to FC Porto and AC Milan, even supposing he’s up to now struggled to replicate that assemble domestically. In the absence of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara, the Melwood academy product took on a deep playmaking characteristic for the Reds, distributing and circulating the ball with ease, where he caught the look.

Having played extra up the pitch at academy stage, Morton is also ready to characteristic as a “No. 8” and at the same time as an out-and-out attacking midfielder. An brilliant footballer who does moderately heaps of scanning sooner than receiving the ball, he has impressed with his composure and range of passing while playing for the fundamental team.

Jesper Lindstrom | 20 | Central midfielder | Eintracht Frankfurt

A €7m signing from Brondby within the summer time, Lindstrom already looks to be like adore one of many bargains of the season within the German Bundesliga. After taking a number of months to settle in, the Denmark international has been in inspirational assemble for Frankfurt, scoring within the closing three games before the Christmas break.

While capable of playing in most midfield positions — he does are inclined to plod loads, no matter where he begins — Lindstrom has flourished in an attacking midfield characteristic, sitting honest within the again of the lone striker in Frankfurt’s 3-4-2-1 gadget. A cultured ball-carrier, he is a dynamic presence in midfield, in overall considered taking on opponents in central areas, and his ambidexterity makes him capable of scoring from long range with both foot. He’s a well-liked, multi-talented midfielder.

Kamaldeen Sulemana | 19 | Winger | Rennes

Any doubt that the €15m summer time signing from FC Nordsjaelland became as soon as value the file price paid to a Danish membership has been immediate removed. The Ghana international, who at cases looks to be playing at 1.5x poke, scored on his debut in opposition to Lens again in August and has shown his impossible ability in spells for the French side this season.

Sulemana’s finest sport came within the 2-0 employ in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain (incidentally his only burly sport for Rennes this season) all the map thru which he tormented one of many arena’s finest burly-backs, Achraf Hakimi, with his posthaste turns, accelerations and mesmerising dribbling. Calm inclined to u.s.a.and downs in the case of live product, Sulemana’s capacity already ranks amongst the very ideal in Ligue 1.

Jurrien Bushes | 20 | Centre-again/Appropriate-again | Ajax

Arguably one of many most all at present bettering defenders in European football, Bushes can look again on a handsome six months. As a key member of an Ajax defence that has conceded an impossible four targets in 17 league games, the 20-300 and sixty five days-extinct has struck up an efficient partnership with Argentine Lisandro Martinez and has saved the extremely rated Perr Schuurs out of the starting line-up at cases.

Swiftly thinking and aesthetic focus fabricate Bushes advance out on top in 70% of his defensive challenges, while he’s silent on the ball with an agility that enables him to reach it into midfield (in overall finding runners wide with a neatly-placed stride.)

Yuri Alberto | 20 | Striker | Internacional

In an age where younger strikers are inclined to be all about admire flicks, lay-offs and a approach-based all-spherical sport, Alberto is a rather refreshing throw-again. While he does have a tight first touch and is growing his preserve-up sport, the younger Brazilian — who scored 12 league targets for Internacional this season — comes neatly to existence when he’s coping with procedure.

Equipped with a pleasing change of tempo, as neatly as strength and stability, he’s complex to knock off the ball and tends to poke previous opponents at will when say opens up in entrance of him. Developed at Santos, the striker has currently attracted passion from several mountainous European clubs, including Barcelona, after an engrossing season.

Gabriel Veron | 19 | Forward | Palmeiras

Tipped by many because the next Brazilian celeb, the Palmeiras teen has the natural ability to head the total manner. Whether or no longer his technical skills and flair will sooner or later be backed up by tactical self-discipline and an ability to manufacture an impact across the burly 90 minutes remains to be an open question, on the opposite hand.

An unused substitute as his membership currently acquired the Copa Libertadores, Veron — who’s nothing adore the Argentine central midfield story he became as soon as named after, Juan Sebastian — is a sturdy, appropriate-footed winger who excites followers with his posthaste body feints and changes of direction. Seemingly regular location for Palmeiras could restful be the fundamental precedence for the fancy attacker before a stride to Europe but, as a result of his engrossing performances for the Brazil’s national early life groups, he’s already on the radar of many top clubs.

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