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The youth is out there

Four teen superstars who are proving that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes (GettyImages-619017564)


Age:
16
Club:
Man Utd.
Position: Attacking midfield

Why the fuss?

Started the U18 season with four goals and three assists in four games. Has mad pace, wicked skills and an end product. He’s Nani’s cousin, too! 

He’s the next... 

Ryan Giggs

Jose Gomes

Jose Gomes (GettyImages-514798718)


Age:
17
Club: Benfica
Position: Striker

Why the fuss?

Top scorer in the U17 Euros, and top scorer in the UEFA Youth League group stages. He’s fast, strong, is great at link play and is an ace finisher. Has scored 20 goals in 26 games for Portugal U17s.

He’s the next... 

Romelu Lukaku 

Gianluigi Donnarumma 

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GettyImages-625939376)


Age:
17
Club:
AC Milan
Position: Goalkeeper

Why the fuss?

Made his debut aged 16, and is aleady first choice at the San Siro. Mino Raiola reckons he’s worth £120m, and compared him to a piece of Italian artwork. 

He’s the next... 

Gianluigi Buffon 

Abdou Diakhate 

Abdou Diakhate (Alamy)


Age:
17
Club:
Fiorentina
Position:
Centre midfielder

Why the fuss?

Incredible ball skills combine with a superb natural fitness (think N’Golo Kante) to allow him to cover ground, and dictate play. He bags a few goals, too.

He’s the next... 

Paul Pogba 

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