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WhoScored Europe’s 10 Best Young Stars
Naby Keita – RB Leipzig (7.58)
Having been linked with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool over the summer, the Guinean midfielder opted to swap Austria for Germany and he’s undoubtedly the player fuelling RB Leipzig’s surprising title pursuit. A WhoScored.com rating of 7.58 is the fourth best in the Bundesliga this season.
Thomas Lemar – Monaco (7.47)
Monaco has scored more goals (64) than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues this season, with Lemar directly involved in 11 (7 goals, 4 assists) of those.He excels on either the right or left flank and routinely utilises a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘key passes’, noted in that 1.7 per game is better than any Monaco player, while he also ranks highly for dribbles per game (1.4).
Ousmane Dembele – Borussia Dortmund (7.42)
No player has created more clear-cut goalscoring opportunities than the Frenchman (9), who ranks second for assists (7) and first for successful dribbles (60) in Germany’s top tier this season.Last season, Ousmane Dembele was earning rave reviews for Rennes and was courted by the biggest clubs on the continent. Borussia Dortmund won the race to secure the teenager’s services and he’s again thriving in domestic competition. Thomas Tuchel’s side is awash with young talent, with Alexander Isak the latest to join the ranks, though it’s Dembele who is again earning the plaudits.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lazio (7.41)
Lazio currently sit 4th in Italy’s top tier in their quest to secure a European finish with youngster Sergej Milinkovic-Savic starring.The Serbian youngster has maximised his standing to win more aerial duels (94) than any other player in Serie A this season and has chipped in with four goals and three assists to return a WhoScored.com rating of 7.41.
Wylan Cyprien – Nice (7.38)
Remaining in Ligue 1 and it’s little surprise to see youngster Wylan Cyprien impress for high-flying Nice. Having broken through the ranks at Lens, the 21-year-old had outgrown Ligue 2 and Nice were more than willing to offer him a route to France’s top tier. He’s taken to his new surroundings like a duck to water as his WhoScored.com rating (7.38) suggests. He ranks second for accurate passes (1347) and is the second most fouled player (53) in the league as opponents resort to desperate measures to limit Cyprien’s influence. The young Frenchman has been linked with a Premier League switch and for good measure considering his excellent form under Lucien Favre this term.
Adrien Rabiot – PSG (7.33)
Rabiot’s made just eight league starts under Unai Emery, but it’s not to say he has not impressed under the Spanish manager. A 91% pass success rate ranks among the top-10 player in France’s top tier this term and reinforces a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘passing’ to help earn a rating of 7.33.
Dele Alli – Tottenham (7.33)
The Premier League’s highest rated player aged 21 and under, Dele Alli’s fine goalscoring exploits having rightly been praised in recent weeks. The England international’s last six league appearances have yielded eight goals and one assist. A conversion rate of 21.2% is more than respectable, with Alli’s WhoScored.com rating of 7.33 the 7th best of all young players in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Marco Llorente– Alaves (7.26)
21-year-old Llorente is better served in a deeper position. Currently on loan at Alaves, the Spaniard is averaging 4.1 tackles per game, one of the best returns on the continent, with his fine form understandably earning him numerous admirers in Europe.
Timo Werner – RB Leipzig (7.26)
After a period of stagnation at VfB Stuttgart, RB Leipzig gladly secured his services upon their relegation and they are all the better for it with his league tally among the better returns in the Bundesliga and helping return a WhoScored.com rating of 7.26.
Bernardo – RB Leipzig (WhoScored.com rating 7.24)
21-year-old right-back Bernardo has played a big role in their fine start to life in Germany’s top tier, with 3 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per game placing second and third, respectively, of all RB Leipzig players this season.
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