Five Future Midfield Superstars To Look Out For
Everyone is always looking for that next superstar with many saying Wilshere, Kroos or Hazard are the next big thing in football but who else? here’s a list of five midfield players that could be future greats:
1. Not many Japanese footballers make it big in Europe but they now have one of the most exciting players in world football playing for their country. In 2010 Dortmund signed 20 year old Shinji Kagawa from Cerezo Osaka and since then he’s taken the Bundesliga by storm. The tricky winger who has been dubbed the “new Messi” has scored eight goals in 17 games in his first season for Dortmund which has seen the German club race clear in the title race. His impressive form has alerted clubs such as Manchester United which means Dortmund will have a tough time in the summer trying to keep hold of their prized asset.
2. Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann has shown sparkling form in helping the newly promoted LaLiga side stay away from the relegation places this year and will no doubt spark a transfer frenzy in the summer. The French u-21 international has scored five goals in his first season in the Spanish top flight and has terrorised even the likes of Real Madrid’s defence. He has been linked with many clubs and is sure to gain his first full French cap in the near future.
3. Ajax are famous for bringing through youngsters and the next star in their young line up is Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen who at just 19 is not only one of the first names on the Dutch clubs team sheet but also his countries as well. He has been compared to the great Michael Laudrup and is blessed with incredible skill and vision for someone his age and has an eye for goal. He states himself that he intends to stay at Ajax for a few years but dreams of playing for Barcelona. With Arsenal also looking at this young star he is set for a bright future.
4. Dortmund may have Kagawa but they also have another “Wonderkid” in German winger Mario Gotze who at 18 is already playing for his national side. German legend Matthias Sammer has called Gotze “one of the best talents we’ve ever had” and its easy to see why with Gotze having great technical ability and lightning pace. He is one of the reasons why it looks as though Dortmund are going to win the Bundesliga this year and is likely to take next years Champions league and euro 2012 by storm.
5. Palermo signed Argentinean midfielder Javier Pastore in 2009 despite interest from all over Europe and since then he has become one of the best midfielders in Seria A and is still only 21. He won the award for Seria A young player of the season in 2010 and has gained several call-ups to the Argentinean national side. This season however has been his most prolific with 10 goals in 25 appearances for the man nicknamed “el flanco” (the skinny one) who’s play has been compared to Kaka. Anyone who wants to sign him however will have to pay a hefty transfer fee with Palermo’s president stating they think he’s worth 60 million Euros.