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    Next Gen 2018 - Guardian Articles

    The Guardian have done their annual picks of the best young talent at each of the Premier League clubs, and their 60 best young players in world football (players born in 2001). It's a bit of an odd one in some ways - for example we have two mentioned in the World list (Curtis Jones and Yasser Larouchi) but apparently the brightest talent at Liverpool is actually Niall Brookwell according to their Premier League list...)

    They make for interesting reading though, it seems Monaco have been splashing their Mbappé cash on youngsters, and Real have also spluffed €50m on another Brazilian kid...

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/oct/11/next-generation-2018-60-of-the-best-young-talents-in-world-football

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/oct/10/next-generation-2018-20-of-the-best-talents-at-premier-league-clubs

    Anyone familiar with any of these players? Or is there anyone that has been overlooked for either list?

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    I'd take these lists with a pinch of salt. My nephew made a world top 50 back in 07 when he was 15 . Sadly injuries and no bloody luck has him plying his trade now in the Irish league.

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    True, it's a long way from being an exact science predicting which kids will make it and which won't - you just have to look at the volume of players that enter clubs' youth systems to see that. In keeping with the very unscientific manner, here's a quick pick of who the Guardian picked out since 2014 that has (sort of) made it so far;

    2014

    Premier League
    Dominic Solanke
    Marcus Rashford
    Cameron Carter-Vickers

    World
    Youri Tielemans
    Nikola Vlasic
    Ousmane Dembele
    Jean-Kevin Augustin
    Ruben Neves

    2015

    Premier League
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
    Reece Oxford

    World
    Manuel Locatelli
    Timothy Fosu-Mensah
    Christian Pulisic

    2016

    Premier League
    Ben Woodburn
    Jadon Sancho


    World
    Gianluigi Donnarumma
    Matthijs De Ligt
    Diogo Dalot
    Alexander Isak

    2017

    Premier League
    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    World
    Vinicius Junior (although he had already signed for Real by that time)
    Timothy Weah

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