With the 2020/21 season beginning in Spanish football, there is no dearth of talent in the La Liga teams. Today we will look at 10 talented young players in La Liga clubs who can make this season their very own with stellar performances. So let’s see the top 10 Young players to watch out for in La Liga 2020/21 season.
Rodrygo Goes (Forward) – Real Madrid
The Brazilian teenager joined Real Madrid last season and he is considered as one of the brightest prodigies of Brazil at the moment. Many experts consider that he possesses even more qualities than Vinicius jr. , another Brazilian wonder kid who joined Real Madrid one year earlier. Rodrygo Goes made his debut for Real Madrid last season under manager Zinedine Zidane last season and scored on his debut match, that too after coming as a sub. He also made a record of scoring a Champions League hat-trick as the youngest player ever last season.
He plays as a right-winger or second striker and has good speed and dribbling abilities. But most importantly he is very efficient when it comes to scoring goals. Although, last season with Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez, and Marco Asensio in the squad, his game time was limited as he plays in a similar position. However, with Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez leaving Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, it is safe to assume that Rodrygo will get more match times and his performance throughout this campaign could be a treat to watch.
Ansu Fati (Forward) – Barcelona
The 17 years old Spanish teenager is currently being considered as one of the best prospects of Barcelona and has started to become popular among the fans. Ansu Fati is a player who has come from Barcelona’s La Masia academy, one of the best academies in Europe that has gifted many legends over the years. Fati made his senior team debut only last season and became the youngest player to score for the club in La Liga and also the youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League.
After a dream debut season for the club, Ansu Fati also made his debut for the Spanish national squad during the UEFA Nations League. He became the youngest goalscorer for Spain as well. In addition, he has scored two goals in the first match of La Liga this season for Barcelona. The tales of Ansu Fati are already spreading across the world and it will only increase in the coming years.
Takefusa Kubo (Forward) – Villareal
19 years old Takefusa Kubo is another young sensation who can amaze you with his magical skills. He was also a player in the Barcelona youth system earlier and was considered as one of the most promising from the Barcelona academy. He was even nicknamed as Japanese Messi. Last year Real Madrid signed him on a free transfer and the player got to spend the pre-season camp with the senior squad. He also made appearances in some of the pre-season matches they played. However, the club decided to send him on a loan to RCD Mallorca to gather more experience.
He is gifted with impressive skills and his maturity on the field is amazing despite such a young age. Although he impressed everyone with the few match time he had, however, Mallorca ended the season being relegated from the top tier and Kubo returned to Real Madrid. This season he has been loaned out to a much stronger side Villareal. With Unai Emery being appointed as the new manager of Villareal, Kubo will be an important player on his side. He will definitely get more match time this season to show his abilities and you won’t want to miss seeing him in action.
Emerson (Defender) – Real Betis
The next player on the list of Young players in La Liga is Brazilian right-back Emerson. Emerson is a Barcelona player who was loaned out to Real Betis for two years in 2019. He is a very balanced fullback who contributes to both attack and defense for his team. Emerson has already impressed everyone last season and this season he will be the first choice for the right-back position in Real Betis squad and will be a regular starter.
Their newly appointed manager Manuel Pellegrini is very keen to watch his performance and puts his trust in him very much. He has all the potentials to become a great right back in the future for his club and national side Brazil. So other than the Real Betis fans, if you are a Barcelona supporter or Brazil fan, you should keep an eye on this young player.
Alexander Isak (Forward) – Real Valladolid
Alexander Isak plays as a Centre Forward and can be described as a perfect goal poaching striker. He was signed by Real Sociedad from Borussia Dortmund in July 2019. Real Sociedad had an impressive season in 2019-20. They finished at 6th position in La Liga, qualified for UEFA Europa League, and also managed to reach the 2019-20 Copa Del Rey final and Isak played an important role in that.
Although Isak was Sociedad’s second-choice striker, he scored 16 goals in all competition for them including two goals against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final to secure his team’s victory. His impressive goal scoring form last season has earned him a starting position in the squad and the manager is ready to put more trust in him. If he continues to score like his first season at Real Sociedad many big clubs will be trying to sign him in the coming years.
Francisco Trincão (Forward) – Barcelona
In recent years many Portuguese young stars have emerged from various youth academies of clubs from Portugal and Francisco Trincão is the latest inclusion in this list. The player has emerged from the youth academy of Sporting Club Braga and is a very gifted player. Barcelona signed him this season from Braga and he is a part of Barcelona’s future plan.
He is only 20 years old and can play in all positions in the front line, but is more comfortable on the right side. As the new manager of Barcelona, Ronald Koeman also has faith in the player. He will definitely get sufficient match time to prove his worth and probably can form a good partnership with Ansu Fati. Definitely, he finds a place in the list of best young players in La Liga 2020/21 season.
Óscar Rodríguez (Midfielder) – Sevilla
Óscar Rodríguez is one of the highly praised young midfielders in La Liga currently and he has all the qualities to become one of the best young players in La Liga. Being raised from the youth system of Real Madrid, he was valued as one of the most promising in the Madrid U19 team along with Federico Valverde. He spent the last two seasons at CD Leganes on loan, and his performance was very impressive. However this season Real Madrid decided to sell the player only because there are too many players in the current squad for the central midfield position.
So Óscar ended up joining Sevilla, as Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui himself wanted to make this transfer happen. Sevilla under Lopetegui emerged victorious in UEFA Europa League last season and the manager is looking forward to bolstering his squad even further. Óscar Rodríguez is a great addition to the team who has very good vision, passing abilities, dribbling skills and he can be dangerous in set-pieces. As the manager himself has faith in the quality of this young midfielder, it will be interesting to see how he performs in his new team.
Andriy Lunin (Goalkeeper) – Real Madrid
The next player on the list of best Young players in La Liga is the young promising goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. The Ukrainian was signed by Real Madrid two years ago when he was only 19 and was registered as a Real Madrid Castilla player. However, the player spent the next two seasons on loan in order to gain more experience and now ready to play for Real Madrid. This season Lunin is the only goalkeeper in the Madrid squad other than Thibaut Courtois, which means he will be the second choice goalkeeper for the season and will definitely get match time under Zidane.
After joining Madrid, Lunin has won the FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Gloves award for his country in 2020. He has already made his debut for the national team. Lunin can become the long-term solution in the goalkeeper position for Real Madrid in the coming days, one that Real Madrid didn’t have after Iker Casillas left the club.
Fran Beltrán (Midfielder) – Celta Vigo
Fran Beltrán is another promising midfielder in La Liga whom you should watch playing. The Rayo Vallecano academy graduate joined Celta de Vigo two years back and has earned a starting position in a very short time and is a very strong contender to be amongst the top young players in La Liga. Despite being of only 21 years, the player is the midfield general for Celta who pulls the string of the team and controls the game from behind.
He plays mainly as a central midfielder or central defensive midfielder who acts as a shield in front of the defensive line as well as contributes in attack with his ball-carrying abilities and long balls. His passes and tackles are what provides stability to Celta midfield.
Lee Kang-in (Midfielder) – Valencia
The final player in this list of best young players in La Liga is Lee Kang-in. He is the necessary attacking force that Valencia requires right now in their midfield in order to play as per their reputation in La Liga. The club is currently suffering financial problems and they had to sell some of their regular squad members like Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Ferran Torres, and Rodrigo to other clubs, just to save the club from going bankrupt. However, this comes as a golden opportunity for the 19 years old South Korean Lee Kang-in.
Lee joined Valencia youth academy back in 2011 and has been a member of the club since then. He plays as an attacking midfielder, but can also play as a winger. He is highly valued by the club as one of the most promising to emerge from their academy and was promoted to the senior team last year, but was a bench warmer for most of the season. However, with some of the regular players leaving the club, Lee will definitely earn a position in the regular starting XI. The fans also have very high expectations from him to shine for the club and keep them relevant in La Liga’s top flight.
With the season just beginning, we are predicting these 10 players to shine and prove their worth. Despite their young age, they all are capable to turn the matches on their own head. So we are expecting the battle for the Breakthrough Star of the Year to be intense. May the best prevail. We wish good luck to all of them.
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