5 Most Exciting Young Spanish Midfielders
Going back to the formation of national football teams, there may not be a more talented, deeper pool of talent than the current age of Spanish midfielders.
La Roja has so much talent at the position that they could form at least three teams capable of competing for a World Cup title.
Not only is the current generation loaded with elite players, it is also full of some of the brightest young players in the world.
Spain has dominated every age group at the international level and looks set to continue its Golden Age for at least another generation.
This article looks at the five most talented and exciting young Spanish midfielders in football.
Most will be targeting the 2018 and 2022 World Cups when they should be in their prime, but a couple may don the famous red shirt as soon as 2014.
Take a look at this list and then let us know who else you are looking forward to watching develop over the coming years.
Note: The only prerequisite for this list is to be 21 or younger on January 1, 2013.
The 19-year-old has barely featured this season but already has shown signs of being the next Spanish midfielder to take England by storm.
Oliver Torres (Atletico Madrid)
Atleti supporters have been dying to see their teenage phenom wearing the stripes since he was first signed as a 13-year-old.
Torres got his first cap this past August and, if his progression continues, he could be partnering Koke in the Vicente Calderon very soon.
Ruben Pardo (Real Sociedad)
La Real have produced the likes of Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso and now might have another great starlet blossoming in Basque Country.
Pardo played a key role in helping the Spanish win the Under-19 European Championship and looks ready to battle for a first-team spot soon.
Sergi Roberto has only featured once for Barcelona this season, but many Cules expect him to be fully promoted to the senior side next season.
The 20-year-old La Masia star bleeds Blaugrana and continues to show tremendous potential for the club, whether he is leading Barca B or playing in the Champions League.
Roberto may need to be loaned out soon to get experience at the senior level, but Barcelona will not be eager to let their next great prospect go for too long.
His petulant, undisciplined behavior at last summer's Olympics has stopped him from having any chance of playing for La Roja for now, but Iker Muniain can rebuild his reputation on the pitch.
The Basque prodigy has had many of Europe's biggest clubs targeting him for a couple of years already and he only just turned 20.
Muniain is an extremely versatile and talented player, but he needs tough, yet nurturing leadership to reach the potential he has shown.
Koke has been the best young midfielder in Spain this season and might have an even higher ceiling than Malaga's Isco.
The 21-year-old is really blossoming under Diego Simeone and looks almost ready to don the famous red jersey of the Spanish national team.
Koke's vision, touch, intelligence and understanding of the game is spectacular for such a young player, and he will be closely watched over the next couple of years.
Many consider Isco to be the next great Spanish midfielder and Malaga's "Little Iniesta" certainly deserves the praise he's received over the last two seasons.
The 20-year-old has demanded respect and attention this season, helping form one of the best midfields in Spain.
Isco may be getting a bit too much credit for Malaga's successes this season, but his talent is undeniable; he looks as bright as any young midfielder in football right now.
Thiago is a truly special talent who already looks poised to break into the best midfield on the planet.
After leading Spain to Under-17 and Under-21 European Championships, an injury forced the Barcelona star out of the 2012 Olympics, and the team missed him greatly.
Of all the midfielders currently at Vicente del Bosque's disposal, no one is more similar to the great Xavi, and that gives Thiago a great chance of making the 2014 World Cup squad.
Please check out my recent column looking at the Best Starting XI for the City of Madrid This Season.