The club scene is returning after an international break and there are even more players out there ready to take over from Ronaldo and Messi – here’s a fantastic 5
Federico Chiesa – Fiorentina
Labelled the greatest Italian youngster around after his recent performances with the national team, the Fiorentina winger is ready to step up to the final stage and carry the Viola this season, after being one of the Serie A side’s key men last year.
Son of Enrico Chiesa – one of the best Italian strikers of the late 90s and early 2000s – he shares the shooting skills of his father, adding physicality and pace to his game. He scored six goals in last season’s Serie A: if he manages to find the back of the net more often he could become one of the best wingers in Europe.
Justin Kluivert – Roma
He is, of course, the son of Patrick, but is proving his worth beyond the surname. At the age of 19 he left Ajax for a much more ambitious club like Roma, and the pressure will be big this season.
His impact was great, with the assist for Edin Dzeko’s last minute winner in Roma’s first game of the season. Now he needs to find consistency and prove himself as one of the most talented young footballers around.
Houssem Aouar – Lyon
Lyon have a great playmaker in the 20-year-old, who was born in Lyon and grew up in their academy. He scored five goals in 25 games in Ligue 1 last season, and now he is willing to find more space with his club to continue his breakthrough, with a view to making an impact in the Champions League and finding his path all the way to a place in the French National team. If he continues his exponential growth, it will be difficult to see Aouar at Lyon next year as well.
Malcom – Barcelona
One of the most exciting youngsters on the scene, combining skill and pace in the most Brazilian of styles. A perfect fit for Barcelona, on paper, even though there’s plenty of competition for a starting role in the Blaugrana.
He was almost a Roma player, being at the centre of one of the most thrilling stories of the summer transfer window. Now he’s at Barcelona and needs to become that same thrilling story, but on the pitch. Last year he scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 for Bordeaux: if he can replicate similar numbers for Barcelona he could become a regular starter for his current club.
Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund
Unable to take the USA National team to the World Cup, Pulisic remains one of the most interesting, talented youngsters on the scene. Borussia Dortmund are the perfect team in which to grow even more, and fulfill his role of winger and playmaker.
He needs more pragmatism and more goals to his game, but everything is there for him to become the next big thing. The pressure from the media is huge, seeing as he is the biggest hope for American football, but if he keeps his cool, the USA could finally have a genuinely top player to lead their attack for a decade to come.