One of the interesting pieces of deadline day business, in the January transfer window, was Chelsea FC snapping up Kevin De Bruyne from Racing Genk.
De Bruyne is one amongst the talented crop of next generation midfielders who, by virtue of their performances, have caught the attention of the world’s top clubs.
A golden generation of world-class midfielders—Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Xavier Hernandez to name a few—are in the twilight of their careers.
But as is the norm, the wheel has kept spinning meaning younger stars have emerged and are captivating football fans around the world with their talented displays.
While some of them have already placed a firm step in the path to stardom, others are on the threshold of international recognition.
Taking these two factors into account, I have put together a list of under-21 midfield players who have the potential and indeed the skill to one day become the next Zidane, Gerrard, Xavi and Scholes.
Some of the under-21 stars listed here may find themselves on the move come this summer. On that note, let’s start with the man who might have just started the trend…