Five slots isn't really enough. Despite the short list being as high as 20 at one point, the executive decision was to keep the list as low as five.
Football is a ruthless business, after all.
However, when it did come to making cuts, these players were particularly unlucky to miss out.
Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid)
Pacy, direct and a goalscorer; unfortunately, he was beaten to the list by a Real Madrid colleague with not too dissimilar attributes.
Santi Mina (Celta Vigo)
The more traditional No. 9 made his first-team debut earlier this year, and it looks as if Luis Enrique is prepared to give the 17-year-old game time this season.
Fede Cartabia (Valencia)
Argentinian by birth, this attacking midfielder has been at Valencia since 2006, but only recently—since Miroslav Djukic's appointment—has he broke into the first team.
One goal, three assists and a string of fine performances have lined an impressive start for Suso at Almeria. This loan spell may give him the hunger to return to his homeland for good.
Crazy hair, balance like Bambi and a lot of pace; Thievy has already produced some electric moments off the bench for Espanyol this season. He's still raw, but has bags of potential.
Alvaro Vadillo (Real Betis)
The young wide man has drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo. However, while he no doubt owns a copious amount of talent, it's far too early to make those assumptions.
Ruben Pardo (Real Sociedad)
Sometimes brilliant, sometimes frustrating, always skinny. Ruben Pardo's ability on the ball belies his years at times. Now he needs to strive for consistency and add some bulk.
Iker Muniain (Athletic Club Bilbao)
It's easy to forget he's still only 20 given he's made over 150 appearances for Athletic Club. Exceptional in the club's Europa League campaign two seasons ago, he's struggled for consistency since.