5️⃣ upcoming young players that deserve your attention

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What happened to teenagers bursting on the scene and surprising everybody?

Scouts are everywhere, computer games leave no stone unturned and basically every match is filmed.

But here are five upcoming youngsters who deserve your attention.


Odilon Kossounou

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  1. Age: 20
  2. Club: Club Brugge

For young footballers in Scandinavia, South America or MLS, Belgium presents an exciting opportunity for minutes without overwhelming pressure.

Odilon Kossounou joined Club Brugge from Hammarby IF in 2019 and already looks ready for a top five European league.

The 20-year-old can play at right back and centre back, and impressed in the Champions League this season with Brugge narrowly missing out on the knockout stages.


Adrien Truffert

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  1. Age: 19
  2. Club: Rennes

Rennes have struggled to hit the heights of last season, but Julien Stephán has never held back opportunities for young players.

Adrien Truffert is the latest SRFC teenager to impress and has established himself as first choice left back, making 18 appearances across all competitions.

The 19-year-old is very much a modern full back, with impressive stamina and crossing ability – already assisting three goals this term.


Sofiane Diop

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  1. Age: 20
  2. Club: AS Monaco

We can talk about Jacks of all trades and then we can talk about Sofiane Diop.

After spending last season in Ligue 2 with Sochaux, the 20-year-old has risen to prominence for high-flying Monaco under Niko Kovač.

He has played in central midfield, out wide and behind the striker this term, scoring six goals in 26 appearances.


Christos Tzolis

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  1. Age: 19
  2. Club: PAOK

Greece aren’t known for producing exciting attacking talent – just ask Giannis ‘the next Messi’ Fetfatzidis – who currently plays his football in Qatar.

But Christos Tzolis looks to have bucked that trend. The 19-year-old is an electric forward who can play on either flank or up front, with great pace and finishing ability.

He has scored 11 goals and assisted seven in 32 appearances this season, making him the second most productive PAOK player.


Matthew Hoppe

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  1. Age: 19
  2. Club: Schalke

It’s fair to say that Schalke haven’t got much to shout about, but Matthew Hoppe has been a bright spark in their otherwise dismal season.

The 19-year-old has scored five goals in the Bundesliga this season, despite the most hardcore Schalke fans not knowing his name six months ago.

His style is a throwback to strikers of old; he likes to press, he likes to put himself about and he can finish. This teen is too good for the 2. Bundesliga.