10 best youngsters in football right now
Ah, potential - that duplicitous, seductive mistress. Potential is what gets plenty of people interested in football - when you can see a brilliant youngster that no else can identify as such. There's still time for him to go either way - towards dominating the world of football or falling by the wayside as a wasted talent.
Note that the criteria for 'youngsters' is if they are under 23 years of age, so there are some notable 23-year-olds missing from this list.
Without further ado, here are the best youngsters in football right now:
#10 Leon Goretzka - 22-years-old
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Juventus - when pretty much every top club in the world is chasing your signature, you better be good. Leon Goretzka is better than good, and what's best is that he comes for free.
How Schalke allowed one of the most promising youngsters to come out of Germany this generation to run down his contract remains a mystery, but here is where we are.
Goretzka may only have the 4 goals and a solitary assist for his side this season, but the youngster is a large part of the reason why Schalke lie 2nd in the Bundesliga table during the winter break. It's only a matter of time before the midfielder makes a move to a 'bigger' club, and his presence in the German midfield of the future is pretty much assured.