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20. Kelechi Iheanacho
He's the scorer of six goals in seven games from attacking midfield at the recent Under-17 World Cup. Reports from the Mirror suggest that Iheanacho's transfer to Manchester City is set to be announced in the near future.
What makes the Nigerian so special is that he combines his height and speed with wonderful technical ability that allows him to pick out difficult passes from his central position behind the striker.
African football has been deprived of top-level playmaking talent in recent years with the emphasis firmly on physicality. Iheanacho, though, could be the rightful successor to Jay-Jay Okocha and Abedi Pele.
19. Leon Goretzka
Former Bochum midfielder Goretzka joined Schalke last summer, having previously been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs.
While he is yet to make himself an automatic starter in Gelsenkirchen, the former Under-17 international captain's qualities are well known. It is understandable that he should take time to adapt to a much higher standard of football.
A brilliant passer of the ball, Goretzka should eventually go on to take a prominent role at the heart of midfield for both club and country. His ability to create chances from deep is an invaluable quality in any side.
18. Angel Correa
The revelation of Argentine football in 2013, forward Correa was an important member of the San Lorenzo side that recently claimed long-awaited success in the Torneo Inicial.
The 18-year-old was linked to Arsenal last November, per the Sunday People, and will have attracted plenty of other interest with his pace and dribbling skills.
It remains to be seen whether he will remain in Argentina come the end of January, but Correa has already done enough to ensure that he will leave his homeland with a burgeoning reputation whenever the time may come.
17. Junior Malanda
Strapping defensive midfielder Malanda caused somewhat of a scene when he walked out on Zulte Waregem in the summer to sign with Wolfsburg. However, he was somewhat surprisingly loaned back to his former club straight away.
While Essevee are not quite performing at last year's levels, Malanda is once more having a fine campaign and continues to show himself to be one of the lesser heralded members of Belgium's next generation of talents.
He will likely graduate to the senior national side after the coming World Cup, with Euro 2016 a realistic target, but he must first prove that he can carry his form into the high-level competition that the Bundesliga will offer next season.
16. Raheem Sterling
Since his arrival from Queens Park Rangers as a 15-year-old, Jamaica-born winger Sterling has made steady progress at Anfield to now be acknowledged as a regular member of the first-team setup.
While his breakthrough into a starting role early last season showed his considerable ability, the Reds' over-reliance on their young star saw the England international lose form toward the end of the campaign.
However, properly rested and in a side now with increased attacking options, Sterling is beginning to once more show the impressive technique and movement that made him such a handful when he first arrived on the scene.