The old guard are fizzling out as the weeks pass, for many young players, it is time to take over the baton. Here we look at the brightest U23 stars who will light up the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season.
While Barca’s summer has been plagued by the contractual debacle between Messi and the Bartomeu led board, 17 year old Ansu Fati is on the way to the zenith as one of the go-to men for Barça especially when the chips are down.
Sports Writer, Rotimi Daramola opines that he is one who will blossom more this season because of his calmness and a keen eye for goal.
That goal for spain during the international break will only serve to boost his confidence and calmness for the season.
One of the highlights of Quique Setien short reign as Barca’s coach was the emergence of Puig. The midfielder gracefully manoeuvre Barca’s midfield all through the post Lockdown games. He is certainly one who will stamp his place in that midfield alongside De Jong and Pjanic.
Current Uefa Europa League champions Sevilla, have acted swiftly in replacing club Legend Ever Banega with former Madridista Oscar Rodríguez .
The 22 year old attacking midfielder who is also a dead ball specialist scored a total of 13 goals with 5 assist for his former side..
La liga TV pundit, Gulliem Balagué in a chat with 4-4-2 thinks he is one who will light up our screens..
He is Someone that may surprise many. He did very well at Leganes on loan. He also has the same free-kicks stats as Messi
Lopetuigi who is known for turning youngsters into superstars have struck gold with this signing.
The tricky and skillful Kubo will definitely increase the yellow submarines chances of fighting for a UCL spot this season. Kubo who is fresh from a loan at Mallorca has shown to be a bundle of talent with his impressive pace and a wicked left foot that leaves defenders helpless. The Japanese starlet was arguably Mallorca’s MVP last season. He is one to watch out for.
The Nigerian fine performances for the last two seasons at El Madrigal has seen him stamp a regular place for Villarreal. With Unai Emery coming in as the new manager, chances of being a regular is increasingly high because of the immense impact he has on the offensive and defensive part of the game.
Martin Ødegaard will finally get a chance at Madrid this season after a sensational loan spell for Sociedad. The Norwegian was Sociedad best player last season. He is favoured in the media to take over the no.10 role from the tired Modric.
Madrid for the last 3-4 seasons have lacked a player with the ability to create more open chances, Martin is certainly capable of doing that and more for the Bernabéu faithfuls.
The 23 year old is arguably Real Sociedad best player going into the season. His immense contribution in the attack saw Sociedad edge towards the UCL spot pre Covid-19 lockdown.
Rotimi Daramola strongly believes when he is the mood, Sociedad will blossom
He did fantastically well last season. He can only get more better
He is easily the best U23 defender in Spain. His exploits for the yellow submarines last season recently attracted a call up to the Spanish national team. He has all it takes to become better at the art of defending. Surely, his days at the El Madrigal are numbered as Manchester United and other top teams are on his radar.
Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Valverde
This list will be incomplete without this trio. Despite DON Perez splashing the huge cash on Hazard, Vinicius jr has proven to be an integral part of Zidane’s forward. His pace, agility and trickery is enormous. Same can’t be said for his scoring abilities but he is definitely not a push over.
Rodrygo who became one of Madrid’s youngest hatrick scorers in the UCL during his first stint has successfully pushed Bale to the bench. His offensive and defensive abilities has made him a first choice player for Zidane.
What more can be said of Valverde, he is easily the finest U23 central midfielder in Laliga. His aggressive and technical aspects was a major contributor to Madrid’s Laliga title victory. We expect more from him this season.