Jude Bellingham of Dortmund, Pedri and Gavi of Barcelona, ​​Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid among the top teenagers of Europe of 2022

With the summer transfer window almost upon us, Europe’s top clubs will execute the rule over the most talented young players from around the world who have shown that they have not only the talent but also the experience of the first team to make an impact to create at the elite level.

Fortunately, the CIES Football Observatory has done some of the hard work for them by providing a comprehensive overview of all those players who have yet to celebrate their 20th birthday who have had the most minutes of playing time so far in 2022.

The CIES index is primarily based on the number of minutes football of the first team each teenager has under their belt since the turn of the year, but it also uses a custom “experience capital” metric to assess the value of those minutes in terms . of the level of games at which they came.

The only stipulation is that all players considered should be 20 years old by May 30, 2022.

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Destiny Udogie (Udinese): Date of birth Nov. 28, 2002 (19 years old); 1,585 minutes

A roaming left-back / midfielder who has already represented Italy at under-21 level, Udogie seems destined to pick up his first full cap for long as his growing career continues on the same upward trajectory. Udogie played 35 Serie A matches for Udinese in 2021-22 and have scored five goals so far this year, the latter a beautiful curling effort with right foot against Salernitana on the last day of the season.

The first player on record to play two games for the U.S. national team before he turned 18, Musah, born in New York City, came through the Arsenal academy, and captained England at U18. level before making his name on the wing for Valencia in Spain. The float-footed striker made 36 appearances for Los Che in 2021-22 and scored three goals, including in great opener against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga in January.

With 14 Bundesliga appearances in 2022, creative midfielder Musiala is just starting to find a foothold in Bayern’s first team. His claim to more playing time next season was strengthened by the fact that he signed this term with two goals in his last four games when the Bavarians grabbed a 10th consecutive title. Born in Stuttgart, Musiala represented England from U15 to U21 level before pledging his senior allegiance to Germany in February 2021. He has since won 11 caps for his country and scored one goal.

With 13 goals involved (six goals and seven assists) in 23 championship games since the start of 2022, Fulham midfielder Carvalho is the highest ranked player on the list who has played outside of Europe’s top five leagues. However, all this will change next season, as the Portugal U21 international has already agreed a deal to join Liverpool which will become official on July 1, after the Reds previously failed to sign him in the January transfer window.

A versatile central midfielder who is comfortable to push and chase back, Camavinga has provided reliable midfield support for Madrid in a season that ended with him becoming a LaLiga and Champions League winner. Camavinga has been the youngest player since 1914 to make his French national team debut when he won his first cap against Croatia in 2020 at the age of 17.

In a team full of superstars, the Portuguese international Mendes has still managed to make a name for himself this season with a series of outstanding performances at left-back. During his loan spell at Sporting CP (which has since been made permanent), the flying back-up made an overall 40 appearances in his debut campaign with PSG and showed impressive levels of athleticism, work speed and a flexibility that saw him deploy as a winger. on also several times.

French football has a tradition of producing strong central defenders and Lukeba seems to be the last of the production line to become a mainstay for Lyon since breaking into the first team in early December. The defender also became the youngest player to score for OL since Karim Benzema (in 2006) when he did not find it in a 3-0 win about Marseille earlier this month.

Pedri (Barcelona): Nov. 25, 2002 (19); 1,500

A recurring hamstring injury has ruined Pedri’s involvement in 2021-2022 with the problem causing him to miss a total of 25 LaLiga games this season, including the last eight games of the campaign. Still, the midfielder is seen as one of the most gifted young players of his generation and without a doubt a return to fitness in the summer will see him return to his best as things rise and run again in August.

2. Gavi (Barcelona): Aug. 5, 2004 (17); 1,716 th most common

Gavi is the second of Barça’s twin midfielders to be on the list, and he is above Pedri by being both significantly younger and by having more than 200 minutes more action than his Catalan side team-mate since the turn of ‘ the year. A product of the club’s renowned academy system, Gavi has the technical composition that will show him in the footsteps of all those great La Masia alumni who came before him – including his current head coach, Xavi.

Already a chapter in the first team of Dortmund despite his tender years, Bellingham made a total of 44 appearances in all leagues for the Bundesliga team in 2021-22 and scored six goals. The English international midfielder is the second youngest player in the entire top 10 and is already set on course for a great future at the highest level with his all-round ability to score and score goals, to play box-to-box and to make defensive contributions.


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