Now that the transfer window is upon us, teams from all across the world will be looking to strengthen their sides. Much of the focus belongs in Europe, where the giants of the club game rule the footballing realm. Their financial power makes signing almost any player possible. However, young talents can fly under the radar.
These are the types of players many European powerhouses are looking for. When they can save funds and still bring in a promising player, that is a win for them. The real challenge is scouting throughout the world to find these future stars. The sheer amount of professional leagues to scout makes it a massive undertaking for those involved. We here at Transfer News Central gave it our best shot! Let us know what you think in the comments, share this article, and with that being said, let’s get into 10 young “unknown” stars European giants should sign.
(All player values are found on https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/)
The first player on this list, Meslier started 28 matches for FC Lorient in Ligue 2 this season. In those 28 matches, Meslier conceded 32 goals while keeping 9 clean sheets. That’s solid work from the 19 year old! He also saved 33% of the penalties he faced this season. Standing at 6’6″, Meslier cuts a striking profile as a keeper. He fills the net similar to Thibaut Courtois and has already drawn the supposed eye of Chelsea and Monaco according to Goal.com
TransferMarkt Value: €5 million
Mitchell van Bergen
With 8 goals and 2 assists, 19 year old Mitchell van Bergen has gone about his business in the Eredivisie this year. He was signed by SC Heerenveen last summer and he may not be there long. His blazing speed and slippery agility on the ball makes him a nightmare for fullbacks. His physical gifts are very evident on the field and it’s only a matter of time until either Ajax purges him like they do with other top Dutch talent, or he moves elsewhere.
TransferMarkt Value: €1.13 million
After lighting Serie B ablaze this past season, Okereke’s phone should be ringing off the hook. Playing primarily as a striker, Okereke scored 10 goals and had 12 assists for Spezia Calcio in Italy’s second division. The 21 year old Nigerian was involved in 41% of his teams goals and helped them finish sixth in the league. His pace is phenomenal and he has solid technical skills as reflected by his stats this past season.
TransferMarkt Value: €2 million
Flourishing under the large amount of playing time he is receiving at LAFC is Uruguayan striker, Diego Rossi. At 21 years old, Rossi has started every match for his club. Versatile in his positioning, Rossi can line up anywhere across the forward line and has bagged 8 goals in 16 matches for LAFC. He’s also added on 3 assists to that tally and is adding to his value every match it seems like.
TransferMarkt Value: €8 million
Capable of playing anywhere in the middle of the park from attacking to defensive midfielder, Mykola Shaparenko enjoyed a breakout season with Dynamo Kiev. In 15 league matches, he tallied 5 goals and 3 assists. On top of that, Shaparenko has European experience, having featured in 7 Europa League matches for Kiev. An incredibly well-rounded player at only 20 years old, Shaparenko could slot into any midfield and perform admirably.
TransferMarkt Value: €3.5 million
Hailing from Argentina, 21 year old Tomas Belmonte is currently playing for Lanus in the Primera Division. Belmonte excels in a holding to central midfield role as a deep lying playmaker. He started all 24 matches that he played for Lanus this season. As a holding midfielder he registered four goals and two assists this season, while helping Lanus to a mid-table finish.
TransferMarkt Value: €2.5 million
Leading the line for Radnik, is 21 year old Serbian striker, Igor Zlatanovic. In 35 matches this season, Zlatanovic found the back of the net 13 times and added 7 assists as well. He started 95% of the matches that he played in and demonstrates great attacking intelligence. Zlatanovic has that true strikers instinct, he knows where to place himself to be open for simple goals. However, he also shows a confident finishing ability that would benefit him if he were to earn a move away from Radnik.
TransferMarkt Value: €1 million
As pure a center forward as they come, Wamangituka featured in 30 matches for Paris FC this past season as a 19 year old. He led all players under the age of 20 in Ligue 2 with ten goals and had two assists as well. Quick on the ball and composed in front of net, Wamangituka won’t be in Ligue 2 for long if he continues his great play.
TransferMarkt Value: 3 million
Standing at 6’2″ and capable of marshaling a defense is the Japanese center back Takehiro Tomiyasu. Tomiyasu appeared in 27 matches for Sint-Truiden in the Belgian Pro League. His ability to play with both feet and pass out of the back would make him an asset to any team. At 20 years old, Tomiyasu could take the next step soon in his career. Already a mainstay in the Japanese national team, Tomiyasu has a bright future ahead.
TransferMarkt Value: €8.1 million
Strong and powerful in the air, Ajeti found the back of the net 14 times for Basel this past season and racked up 8 assists as well. Ajeti primarily leads the line as an out and out striker but can play out wide if needed. Solid quickness and finishing makes him a threat in front of goal and his playmaking shows promise as well. At 22 years old, Ajeti may be one of the older players on this list, but he has much of his career ahead of him.
TransferMarkt Value: € 6.3 million