Friday, 12 April 2013

The Hottest Prospects in Football (Part 4)

With young talent being so sought after in the modern game, we take a look at some of the hottest young prospects in football at the moment. I've put together a number of different reports from a variety of different sources to give you a wide range of writing. Make sure you check out some of the writers as this is only a flavour of their work! I'm not claiming this is a fully comprehensive list of all young talent, simply a selection! I've also included an edited picture of each player, hope you like them!

Mario Gotze (20)

Mario Gotze seems to have been around for a while now but when watching him play, it is often very easy to forget he is only 20-years-old. Couple this with the fact that at this age he already has a staggering 22 caps for the national side and you can see how much potential Gotze possesses. 

Gotze is most known for his ability on the ball and his creativity. Normally employed as an attacking midfielder, he can also play out wide if he needs to. After working his way through the Dortmun youth system he has now become a regular in the side and forged a formidable partnership with fellow German, Marco Reus. Together the two of them have been a thorn in many a side this season, building an impressive understanding of each other.With his phenomenal vision and excellent vision, Gotze is quite a player. One of his main assets is his composure on the ball, something rare in players his age. Not afraid to take people on, he glides through players, making sure he holds on to the ball before playing the killer through ball. 

It has recently been reported that Manchester City are interested in the young German and I'm sure other clubs will be chasing his signature come the Summer, however, whether he stays at Dortmund or not, there is no doubt he has the potential to be up there with the very best, a big future lies ahead.

Written By: Me! (@Latest_Footy)

Isco (20)

Spain has consistently upheld a justified reputation for producing exceptional talents, and none so in recent years have emerged more spectacularly than Isco. The Andalusian born playmaker is a product of the Valencia academy, but after his decision to depart for the shores of the Costa Del Sol due to his dissatisfaction with the amount of first team football, he hasn’t looked back. While the whispers of his remarkable talent were partly demonstrated last season, he’s arguably been the star of the Málaga side throughout this campaign.

His glorious ability in the final third, vision, link-up play and tendency to dazzle with his dribbling capability has understandably earned him plaudits in abundance, with his frequent involvement in the build-up play, final ball and finish in Málaga’s goals being a major factor behind their outstanding campaign. Despite being aged just 20, he’s already earned comparisons to the great Iniesta – the hallmarks of Andrés’ style certainly appear to echo in Isco’s play. His recently understandably gained the title of ‘The Tuttosport Golden Boy’ (effectively most promising young player in the world) in 2012, which certainly hasn’t helped ease interest – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern, Manchester United/City, Chelsea and almost every elite club on the face of the planet appears to be chasing his signature. His new contract bumped his release clause up to roughly £30 million, so he’ll be far from cheap, but at his rate of progression, he has the potential to prove more than worth it. 

A recent call-up to the Spanish national squad highlights just how highly rated he has become in his own nation, and his scintillating performances have boosted his reputation beyond all imagination. Provided no major injury strikes, there’s one thing for sure – Isco has the potential to be a star of colossal proportions within world football.

Written By: (@Fo0tbalista)

Viktor Fischer (18)

The name of Viktor Fischer is likely to be the next to join those of van Basten, Davids, Kluivert and Bergkamp as successful products of the Ajax youth system. He has pace, technical ability and vision, but most significantly, he scores goals.

Fischer chose Ajax as the club at which to develop his ability. However, even Chelsea, Inter Milan and Manchester City were interested and scouting the youngster while he was at FC Midtjylland, but the prospect of being groomed by a club with such an emphasis and reputation on young talent was too good to turn down.

Fischer plays either as a central striker or on the left hand side of a three-pronged attack. His technical ability means that he has the potential to play as a number 10, but Ajax are well aware that his greatest talent lies on the receiving end of a playmaker’s work.

Currently stepping up to become a regular first-teamer for Ajax now, Fischer plays alongside Eriksen generally and the two Dane’s have formed a rather formidable partnership, helping Ajax currently top the Eredivisie. Over the last two weeks, Fischer has been touted as the next Bergkamp, due to a sensational ‘dinked’ chip he scored a week or two ago. Much like Bergkamp, he is a versatile player with a genuine ability of close control and astounding balance on the ball, that not many players develop at such a young age.

No doubt Fischer will become more emphatic in the eyes of fans and players alike. Brewing within a sparking generation of young, eager and aspiring players at Ajax, typically, there is a high limit in which he can follow on to like many others of Ajax foundations have before him.

Written By: (@ManToManMarking)
Julian Draxler (19)

Julian Draxler is one of the most well-known young talents in world football; plying his trade with Bundesliga side Schalke, even as a young player, he has become a regular in the side at the Veltins Arena. His impressive performances for Schalke undoubtedly justify why he has appeared quite often of late. There are many exciting young German stars around at the moment and you can certainly put Draxler on that last; he has magnificent technique, a flawless touch and formidable vision, meaning he is on course to become a regular member in the Germany squad for years to come.

This season, Draxler has really come into his own, having had limited game-time when Lewis Holtby was still at Schalke, he know finds himself as one of the key players at the Bundesliga outfit. While Holtby was still at the German side, Draxler was mainly used as a left-midfielder; a position which he was not entirely comfortable with. But since Holtby’s move to Spurs, Draxler has been shifted into a more central position, where he is able to both create and score goals. Despite being only 19, Draxler has made over 100 appearances for Schalke; for a player of his age to play so many games just goes to show how well he is regarded at Schalke.

 There is no doubt that he will excel on both the domestic and international scene, so make sure you remember the name Julian Draxler.

Written By: (@BackOf_TheNet)
             Thanks to all the writers who got involved. If you liked any writer in particular then be sure to leave a comment or follow them on twitter! I do requests on photo edits of players so if you liked the pictures then get in touch on twitter (@Latest_Footy)

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