Top 30 young players in Europe: Two Manchester City players included in list


Pep Guardiola now has a plethora of emerging young talents at his disposal, setting the path for the reigning Premier League winners to enjoy a sustained era of on-field success – likely beyond the Catalan coach’s tenure at the club.

Telegraph recently updated their list of the top-30 young players presently playing in European leagues, and Manchester City is represented by two youngsters in a star-studded lineup.

The list of the top-30 players in European leagues, dubbed ‘Project 2000’ by the British publication, includes players from some of the continent’s most prestigious teams, like Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

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Ferran Torres and Phil Foden of Manchester City are both featured in the top-30 for Pep Guardiola’s side, with the latter earning a top-five position in the final list. It is still too early in the 2021/22 season, and sports betting enthusiasts on 12bet, will be keeping a close eye on emerging talent. There will be betting opportunities for matches across different leagues in Europe, and 12bet will bring hundreds of markets for customers around the world.

It is no surprise that Phil Foden is ranked at a respectable 3rd, and the Telegraph explains “Left-wing, right-wing, false nine, central midfield. Wherever Foden plays, he impresses. The rising star of English football is already one of the most watchable players in the world.”

At 14th place, according to the Telegraph, “Torres has offered a regular goal-threat for arguably Europe’s best team. When he plays, he tends to score. The challenge now is for him to find a way of playing more regularly in a team of City’s attacking depth. He is deadly in front of goal for Spain.”

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Phil Foden was recently given a long-term contract extension at Manchester City, with the club clearly intending to build their future around him in a deal that would keep him at the club until 2027, with his earnings quadrupling if he accepts the new conditions.

His rapid ascent under Guardiola owes a great deal to his commitment to the club, which he demonstrated by sticking at the club despite the continual influx of players to the blue half of Manchester.

While Jadon Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund and continued his quick rise at the Westfalenstadion, Foden struggled for a spot amongst Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez.

Despite stiff competition for opportunities, which also includes summer acquisition Jack Grealish, Foden is important for both club and country now and in the future.

He is not just clearly one of Europe’s finest young players, but he is also establishing his status as England’s best young player since Wayne Rooney debuted over two decades ago.

The Top 30 List

  1. Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
  2. Pedri – Barcelona
  3. Phil Foden – Manchester City
  4. Alphonso Davies – Bayern Munich
  5. Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
  6. Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen
  7. Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
  8. Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid
  9. Mason Greenwood – Manchester United
  10. Jadon Sancho – Manchester United
  11. Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid
  12. Ryan Gravenberch – Ajax
  13. Ansu Fati – Barcelona
  14. Ferran Torres – Manchester City
  15. Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich
  16. Gio Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
  17. Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Leipzig
  18. Dusan Vlahovic – Fiorentina
  19. Sandro Tonali – Milan
  20. Aurelien Tchouameni – Monaco
  21. Gavi – Barcelona
  22. Nuno Mendes – PSG
  23. Jeremy Doku – Rennes
  24. Sergino Dest – Barcelona
  25. Jonathan David – Lille
  26. Emile Smith Rowe – Arsenal
  27. Rodrygo – Real Madrid
  28. Wesley Fofana – Leicester
  29. Bryan Gil – Tottenham
  30. Curtis Jones – Liverpool
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