2010 FIFA World Cup: Best Youngsters On Display So Far
The 2010 FIFA World Cup is well underway and experience is key for teams to get the necessary points and advance.
At times, the young legs are needed to take their team into the next gear with their desire to experience victory.
All teams have gone through at least one round of play; youngsters have strutted their stuff and have shown what they have done.
Here are the youngsters that have impressed so far.
Giovani dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos has been the creative force for the Mexican side and has been unlucky to still be without a goal.
He is always everywhere, looking to make runs and bring his teammates into the play with his vision. He makes good decisions on the ball and has a great shot power to test the keeper too.
Dos Santos almost pulled out of this competition for personal reasons. It’s a good thing he didn't or Mexico would be missing a gem.
The versatile player was present in Ghana's hard-working win against Serbia and looks to cement his place as one of the best young African midfielders. Luckily, he has the great Michael Essien to learn from.
Asamoah is a creative force in midfield, making darting runs and threading killer balls in the final third.
"The coach's son" has loads of experience at just 22 and is definitely being mentored correctly.
His greatest attribute is his passing ability, which is helping the US team. He also picks out his teammates well and has a long range shot.
He also pops up to score crucial goals, for example in the Slovenia match.
A very exciting prospect courted by the best clubs in the world and rightfully so, Ozil has lit up Germany's midfield in absence of Ballack.
He is a creative force with his trickery; he also gets into scoring positions quite often, but is a pass-first person.
Ozil has amazing field vision and the German strikers benefited from it by routing Australia 4-0.
He still needs to work on his finishing though.
The winger, who was on full display against Honduras, was unlucky with his finishing and he could have had a hat trick.
He is skilled on the ball and very fast on the counter; he has close control and makes penetrating runs down the wing.
When Spain plays Chile during round three, he will cause them problems.
Gregory Van der Wiel
Van der Wiel is a very attacking-minded right back. He surges forward to create chances, and he is a good crosser of the ball.
He can be likened to England's Glen Johnson and is just as skillful.
Against Denmark he was a creative force, making darting runs and freeing up space for the forwards by drawing players and laying the ball.
If Holland goes far, we could be in for a treat.
Lee just came of a stellar individual season for Bolton and was named their player of the year.
He has been a force on the right wing/midfield and was crucial to Korea beating Greece on opening day, getting in behind defenders and finding players.
He scored against Argentina after robbing Martin Demichelis of the ball.
He could be one to watch out for in the future.
The young German can play as an attacking midfielder and a striker.
He has been one of the many bright spots in midfield for Germany, with a well-taken goal against Australia.
Mueller gets into very good positions and has a few tricks up his sleeve that free up space for him.
He would have to step it up against Ghana to make sure Germany qualifies.
Higuain came into this tournament after scoring 27 goals in the league; he was in red-hot form, obviously.
In the first game against Nigeria he was a non-factor, but he stepped up against South Korea and scored a hat trick.
He got into position nicely and took his finishes nicely, could be a lethal force with Messi and Tevez to make Argentina champions.