In the footballing world today theres in far too much talent going about i quite simply can't keep up. Its not just from the five big countries that young starlets shine from - Brazil, England, France, Spain and Germany - but from all corners of the earth. I have conducted a list of the stars i feel big european clubs should look out for.
For any list like this that has been conducted recently it is most likely that the majority of lists will include Neymar. "The Wonder kid" "The new Phenomenon" "The next Pele" call him what you will but this guy is incredible, not just for his amazing fashion sense and dazzling mohawk. Santos's number 11 has been on the radar of europes elite for as long as i can remember, and its no surprise why, the guy has unbelievable tekkers! watching him against Scotland back in March and viewing highlights of the Copa America 2011 just shows not what a sneaky trickster he is, but he is also a clinical finisher, racking up an impressive 43 goals in 63 appearances in all competitions for Santos last year. With a whopping £40 million price tag on his head, clubs are gonna have to dig deep into their wallets for some guarenteed silverware.
2. Alexis sanchez
Hailing from the land of Peru, Alexis Sanchez was one of the most sought after talents in the 2010/11 season. Now having completed a £26 million transfer to the Camp Nou his true potential can be unleashed. Sadly he is currently out injured with a hamstring injury sustained against Real Sociedad, but from his performances in the SpanishSuperCup and his first three La liga games the guy is a real asset to the barca starting XI. Primarily a winger he can also play in the middle, at only 5ft 6in he posses incredible strength and resilience against defenders. His agility and movement make him like a leaf in the wind and causing defenders all sorts of problems. At only 22 years of age he has already capped an impressive 43 appearances for his country and is a regular in the starting XI, although he won't win anything with Chile due to other colleagues abilities he can become a Barca legend and win/do amazing things.
3. Eden Hazard
The name says it all really the belguim Maestro is a real threat to any team in the world and Lille are Lucky to have him. Nothing more can be said about him,for one so young he is just extraordinary! Hazard was apart of the Lille 2010/11 team that dominated the Ligue 1 and provided the club with there first league title since 1954, on the day that the title was one Hazard was awarded the Ligue 1 player of the year and became the youngest ever receipient at only a mear 20 years of age.His trickery and flair has had him compared to global superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Hazard is ambidextrous and able to play on both sides of the wing, a perfect example of this was when he blasted a shot with his left foot against Marseille from 38 yrds out -his weak foot believe it or not. Just recently Hazard turned down a move Arsenal and Chelsea in order to join the worlds greatest at Real Madrid, leaving Europe quaking in their boots if the are to be drawn against Real in the Champions League.
4. Mario Gotze
Described by German Football Association's technical director as "one of the best talents we've ever had" must be a huge compliment for a player who just turned 19. However, Mario Gotze, Borussia Dortmunds jewel in the crown, looks like hes been in the game for over a decade, he dominates the midfield and joins in the attack when the oppurtunity arises as indicated by his 2010/11 performances were he scored 6 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions. Hailed by German legend Franz Beckenbauer as "germans answer to Lionel Messi" shows he can go a long way at both club and international level.
5. Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva, or simply Lucas
Creative genius, flair and dribbling ability have established this attacking midfielder at the forefront of emerging Brazilian talent. Currently with Sao Paulo of Brazil he holds 12 goals and 6 assists in the 2011 Brazilian season. His teamate Luis Fabiano compared him to former Sao Paulo star Kaka he expressed "he is certain to become another revelation in Brazilian football, just as Kaka was before. Lucas has everything at his feet to become one of the best players in the world." His dribbling and balance is so elegant like a world class gymnast performing on a beam, I have seen various videos of him on YouTube and his finishing has to be one of his top attributes, he loves to cut inside when he's on the wing and smashes it low into the near post to catch the keeper of guard, a typical goal you might see the premier league. Overall an incredible young talent who would no doubt fit into any clubs tactics and formations and provide you with 3 points for the table.