The Footballing World's Talented Youth Players

Ryan HobbyContributor IFebruary 12, 2009

The footballing world consists of many young players to look out for. The player in the picture above is Gabriel Obertan of Bordeaux who is an excellent 19 year old attacking-midfielder. He is bursting on to the pitches of the french ligue one and is on loan to FC Liorent. He has caught the eye of many other clubs such as Hoffenheim, Palermo and Monaco but they were beaten by FC Liorent.

Henri Saviet is also a young talent at Bordeaux, at 18 his lightening pace and neat dribbling skills has seen him compared to the like of Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka. He signed a contarct with Bordeaux at just 16 has already turned into not just a Bordeaux hope but a french hope too.

Turning to English young talent players like Fraizer Campbell and Jay Simpson spring to mind but overall the most interesting English talent looks to be Jonjo Shelvey. At 16 he is Charlton's youngest player in history and the Romford born midfielder is interesting teams like Manchester United and Newcastle. The hard working and strong tackling midfielder is certainly a talent to look out for.

Looking back at the tons of youth talent in France at the moment Mamadou Sakho caught my attention. The 18 year old defender has been one to watch from a very young age and eventually got his first team cap at the age of 17. He plays for PSG originally born in Paris and is the youngest captain in PSG's and the French Ligue's history.

Crystal Palace youth players are by far the best in Europe they consistently produce stunning youth players and on the scene right now are the recently transfered Jon Bostock who now plays for Tottenham Hotspur arguably the best young player in Europe, Sean Scannell has caught the attention of Aston Villa, a young 17 year old forward with a superb eye for finishing has earned himself a call up to the Republic Of Irelend squad.

Victor Moses has had enquiries made about his availibilty by teams such as Manchester United and Barcelona but Neil Warnock insists after losing Jon Bostock he is unwilling to part with anymore youngsters.

James McCarthy of scottish team Hamilton has rustled the feathers of Liverpool and Barcelona, the strong tackling 18 year old midfielder born in Glasgow, represents the Republic of Ireland National Side and has played a few times for the Republic Of Ireland national side.

By far my favourite youngster is Mario Balotelli of FC Internazionale he is 17 years old and a brilliant goalscoring attacker. He is adament that he should be part of the first team squad and has played a few times for the club, he has recently been playing in the youth team but is eyeing an exit away from the club. His fisty attitude and supreme speed make him almost a complete package.

Players like Alexandre Pato and Aguero go without saying but are already established players. Steven Defour and Axel Witsel should be leaving Standard Liege soon.

These are my pick of the best, tell me about yours.