Between now and 2025, the top players of today will begin to make way for the next generation of superstar talents. This list will attempt to pick out some of those players, in no particular order, and establish what will make them the best around.
#25 – Jann Fiete-Arp (Hamburg) – Centre Forward
One of the few positions that Germany lack a truly world class player is in the centre-forward position, step forward 18-year-old Hamburg talent, Jann Fiete-Arp. Making his debut at the end of the 2016/17 season, he’s gone onto be a real asset for Christian Titz’s side and promises to become a real asset for his national team. His style of play has drawn comparisons to some of Germany’s great strikers of the past and he is quickly living up to his promise.
Similar to: Miroslav Klose, Harry Kane, Alvaro Morata
#24 – Luka Jovic (Frankfurt on loan from Benfica) – Centre Forward
Being a wonderkid on Football Manager often becomes something of a poisoned chalice, just look at players like Cherno Samba and Carlos Fierro, but for Luka Jovic, he’s starting to live up to that digital promise. Going on loan to the Bundesliga has been something of a catalyst for growth with the young Serb, who has contributed 6 goals to his side’s tally. He certainly promises to contribute on a bigger stage in years to come, both for club and country, with his powerful forward play and intelligent interlinking moves.
Similar to: Falcao, Robert Lewandowski, Robin van Persie
#23 – Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Centre Back
Ajax has always been a hotbed of young talent, with Johan Cruyff, Patrick Kluivert and more gracing the shirt in the clubs history. Matthijs de Ligt, since arriving in the first team at 16 years old, has been something of a revelation at the Amsterdam Arena, with an intelligent football brain being connected to more than capable physical ability. He has also made an impact on his national side, at an early age, and has drawn praise from his teammates, such as Virgil van Dijk lauding his ability after dominating Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in a recent friendly win.
Similar to: Rio Ferdinand, Franz Beckenbauer, John Stones
What do you think of the first batch of players tipped to become the next generation of superstars? Let me know in the forums who your picks are for the stars of tomorrow!
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