Every year Europe’s top clubs are turning to weak leagues in order to find new stars – and possibly save money. Some of them fail to live up to their potential, and sometimes – they become really cool players. A year ago, Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg, and more recently Dominik Szoboszlai followed the same path, moving to Leipzig.
In this article, we will talk about other promising talents.
5. Charles De Ketelaere (Brugge)
Club Brugge are the reigning Belgian champions and Charles de Ketelaere is the club’s main star. There are a lot of experienced players like Simon Mignolet, Brandon Mechele and Hans Vanaken, but it is De Ketelaere who attracts the attention of both – the country and the whole of Europe. He is a talented footballer, but even the Belgians have not yet figured out which position suits him best.
The 19-year-old Charles de Ketelaere has broken into the club in the 2019/20 season, and he has already shown himself in the Champions League, where he has scored two goals and delivered two assists. A little luck and Club Brugge could have gone further, but 2-2 with Lazio stopped their progress in the continent’s most prestigious championship.
It is possible that soon Charles de Ketelaere will become a central figure in Brugge’s line-up, but many are sure that he will not stay long in his homeland. AC Milan are already showing interest.
Ketelaere is already considered Europe’s one of the hottest prospects and he is gradually gaining more attention from European elites. It is even supported by the fact that in almost every match he is a dominant player, and while he only scored 2 goals this season in the Jupiler league, his performance contributes quite a lot to the overall success of Club Brugge KV.
When checking the latest betting odds for the coming team’s match against Charleroi, we can clearly see that Brugge is a favorite in the match with the betting odds of 1.67, which is quite low when compared to the underdog, Charleroi, whose odds of winning are set at 5.50. Ketelaere has done a lot for the team’s progress. The following odds are provided by Sportsbet, an online bookmaker that lets its clients as well as fiat currencies.
4. Darwin Nunez (Benfica)
The young Uruguayan striker has already gained attention from the European top teams and is now under the radar of Manchester City and Pep Guardiola.
The Uruguayan joined Benfica last summer from Spain’s second division and has already scored eight goals.
Last season he scored 16 goals for Almeria – enough to justify the price tag of 24 million euros. This is a record signing for both Benfica and the humble Spanish club.
European spectators could see Nunez in the group stage of the Europa League. In the match against Rangers, he came on as a substitute and scored a saving goal in the 91st minute. Nunez is definitely a player that will be a proper heir to Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
3. Manor Solomon (Shakhtar)
Israeli winger Manor Solomon was in the interest of Manchester City a few years ago, but according to the Daily Mail, Maccabi did not accept the offered sum from the English giants.
But Shakhtar, who bought the Israeli winger in the middle of the 2018/19 season, did not save up money and as it usually happens with the Ukrainian team, bought another talented youngster.
Last season he scored 11 goals, but he really opened up only now. If we remember, he scored in both games against Real Madrid and in general made a significant impact.
2. Donyell Malen (PSV)
Donyell Malen is a PSV striker who played for Arsenal and Ajax at the youth level. Perhaps it was surprising that later he joined Ajax’s archrivals – PSV.
Malen is able to play in different positions in the offense. He is good both on the edge and on the flanks. The 21-year-old has 17 goals in 25 appearances this season. Such statistics explain the interest from Arsenal, who once again blame themselves for the inability to retain talent at the club.
If you’re not watching the Dutch championship, then Donyell Malen’s success can be watched in the national team, although here he is still trying to find his suitable role – and oust Steven Bergwijn and Calvin Stengs.
1. Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
Talking about talented players we could not miss Ajax. This time, the most gifted player in the Amsterdam squad is Ryan Gravenberch – a midfielder who is destined to succeed. If we take a look at the examples of Frenkie De Jong and Donny van de Beek. Even now he is seriously compared to Paul Pogba, whose style he partially imitates.
This season Ryan Gravenberch has shown himself in the Champions League, which ended in failure for Ajax. He was particularly good against Liverpool, but once again the Dutch side lost both matches.
Interest in the gifted and smart Dutchman is high, and above all, Juventus are already thinking of signing him. But they have to hurry because the price for a midfielder is rising every month.
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