20 Footballers Poised for Breakout Seasons Next Term

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20 Footballers Poised for Breakout Seasons Next Term
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Here are the top 20 teenage footballers playing for European clubs poised for breakout seasons next term.

The teenagers will be subjectively ranked on upside in their position. 

What is a breakout season? It varies from person to person, but this article will take the stance that a breakout season is when a prospect transitions into a star.  

To give you an idea of the selection process, here are six teenage footballers who were breakout stars this season, thus will not be included in the slideshow.

  • Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Bilbao CB, Age: 19
  • Domenico Berardi, Juventus RF, Age: 19 [1]
  • Luke Shaw, Southampton LB, Age: 18
  • Raheem Sterling, Liverpool RF, Age: 19
  • Richairo Zivkovic, Ajax CF, Age: 17 [2]
  • Tonny Vilhena, Feyenoord CM, Age: 19

[1] Starred for Sassuolo. Co-owned by Juventus.

[2] Starred for Groningen. Moving to Ajax in the summer.


Long-List Cuts

  • Adrien Rabiot, Paris Saint-Germain CM, Age: 19
  • Anthony Martial, Monaco CF, Age: 18
  • Bilal Basacikoglu, Heerenveen LF/RF, Age: 19
  • Bryan Cristante, AC Milan CM, Age: 19
  • Carlos Gruezo, Stuttgart DM, Age: 19                    
  • Corentin Tolisso, Lyon RB, Age: 19
  • Daley Sinkgraven, Heerenveen LF, Age: 18
  • David Costas, Celta Vigo CB, Age: 19
  • Fabrice Olinga, Malaga LW/RW, Age: 18
  • Jairo Riedewald, Ajax LB, Age: 17
  • James Wilson, Manchester United CF, Age: 18
  • Jeremy Toljan, Hoffenheim LB, Age: 19
  • Jorrit Hendrix, PSV Eindhoven CB/CM, Age: 19
  • Junior Malanda, Wolfsburg CM, Age: 19
  • Kaan Ayhan, Schalke CB, Age: 19
  • Kurt Zouma, Chelsea CB, Age: 19
  • Lucas Ocampos, Monaco RAM, Age: 19
  • Moi Gomez, Villarreal RW/LW, Age: 19
  • Morgan Sanson, Montpellier CM/RAM/CAM, Age: 19
  • Nahuel Leiva, Villarreal LW, Age: 17
  • Neal Maupay, Nice CF, Age: 17
  • Niklas Sule, Hoffenheim CB, Age: 18
  • Oliver Torres, Atletico Madrid CM, Age: 19
  • Santi Mina, Celta Vigo CF, Age: 18
  • Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid CM/CB, Age: 19
  • Serge Gnabry, Arsenal RAM, Age: 18
  • Shadrach Eghan, Twente CM, Age: 19 
  • Steven Moreira, Rennes LB/RB, Age: 19
  • Yassine Benzia, Lyon RAM, Age: 19
  • Zakaria Bakkali, PSV Eindhoven RF, Age: 18


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