Mattia de Sciglio
After making just two Serie A starts for the Italian giants last season, the 2012-13 campaign has already been considerably good to Mattia de Sciglio, with the youngster making 21 appearances for AC Milan this term.
The 20-year-old right-back is one of a few defenders being considered as a future staple in the Italian back line, and 2013 is set to be the year he really makes his name felt on a worldwide stage.
An unselfish playmaker built in the Mario Götze mould, Leonardo Bittencourt is in good hands in terms of youth development at Borussia Dortmund.
The Yellow and Blacks haven’t done too badly in building somewhat of an academic dynasty in recent years.
Although Bittencourt was brought in from Energie Cottbus last summer, he’s set to be nurtured into the German club’s first team this season, and one would be smart to remember the 19-year-old’s name for future reference.
As Sid Lowe tells via Sports Illustrated, Jonas Ramalho made Athletic Bilbao history after becoming the first ever black player to feature for the club, putting to bed some longstanding notions that the Basque club held racist beliefs.
A centre-back or right-back by nature, Ramalho is yet to feature greatly for the San Mamés club as of yet, but he is likely to get more of a shot in 2013, considering his potential displayed in the club’s Europa League campaign as well as with the Spanish Under-19 setup.
One doesn’t receive the honour of being labelled “the next Juan Roman Riquelme” without showcasing the talent necessary to the comparison, especially in Argentina.
However, seeing the skill Leandro Paredes has and how he earned the comparison, it seems he certainly will.
Like Riquelme did, Paredes plays for Argentine giants Boca Juniors, and despite being just 18 years old, is influencing club matters quite substantially.
With four goals in just nine starts this season, the attacking midfielder has already shown that he has a knack for scoring goals and in his most prominent campaign as a professional, is likely to continue his burst onto the main stage in 2013.