The landscape of football sometimes changes so quickly that it's impossible to keep track of. Finding a gem amongst the always-eager talent of today is a truly massive prize.
This is why, for football managers, chairmen and fans alike; it is sometimes so easy to get wrapped up in the brightest, most gifted young players the world currently has to offer.
Here is a selection of the most promising youngsters in world football.
Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach)
The 21-year-old German has been in inspired form throughout this season for Borussia Monchengladbach, where he is enjoying his second full season with the Bundesliga side. His fine shot-stopping ability has attracted attention from Barcelona, who may well be in need of a goalkeeper come the summer.
Left Back: Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Despite being at the tender age of 17, the Southampton defender has still been one of the most impressive figures in what has been an all around impressive campaign for the Saints in their first season back in England's top flight. Lighting fast and with an effective cross, he has been compared by some to Everton's highly sought after Leighton Baines.
Centre Back: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Probably the easiest pick in this team, the 21-year-old Frenchman has been a revelation for Real Madrid this year. After Mourinho paid £8.75 million for an untested centre half in 2011, many were rightly dubious. But after managing to silence Barcelona on more than one occasion this season, few would doubt he will soon be one of the forces in world football.
Centre Back: Samuel Umtiti (Olympique Lyonnais)
A possible surprise, as the Olympique Lyonnais defensive rock beats off competition from the likes of Matija Nastasic, Steven Caulker and Phil Jones to the starting XI. After making himself a regular for the first team, the 21-year-old Fremchman has put in some dominant physical performances this season. Watch this space.
Right Back: Serge Aurier (Toulouse)
Another Ligue 1 defender in Serge Aurier makes the grade for the young world XI. Another physical player, his speed and strength are his main assets. The Ivorian is already enjoying his fourth season of professional, top-flight football.
Central Defensive Midfielder: Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)
The Watford man, on loan from Chelsea, has undoubtedly been one of the Championship's most surprising packages. With the ability to control the midfield with maturity beyond his tender 18 years, and his ability to suddenly conjure brilliance he will surely be in the England fold in the years to come.
Right Midfielder: Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04)
One of the Bundesliga's revelations this season, the 19-year-old Draxler has been free-scoring to say the least for FC Schalke 04, with 12 goals from midfield this season. A recent new deal has keeps him in Germany for now, but don't be surprised if his talents take him elsewhere.
Left Midfielder: Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan)
Even though he has been a driver of the rumour mill for a few years now, AC Milan's young winger is still only 20. In 2008 he became the fourth-youngest player in Serie A history, and has delivered a huge 18 goals from 30 appearances this campaign, a scoring record which any striker would surely be content with. Who could argue with the attention he's getting?
Centre Attacking Midfielder: Lucas Moura (PSG)
The first Brazilian on this list, but he really is a shoe-in. Joining PSG from Sao Paolo last summer for a whopping £35 million when he was only 19, he really has to be on this list. Making waves for both his club and the Brazil U-19s (which is renowned for producing midfield genius) he will surely be one of the forces in world football come 2015.
Striker: Heung-Min Son (Hamburg SV)
The 20-year-old South Korean, who is not exceedingly well-known outside of Germany, has been quietly building himself into a rather stunning striker. Known for his explosive pace and dribbling ability, Son usually plays as a second striker for Hamburg SV, but has still managed to score 11 goals from 29 appearances this season.
Striker: Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion)
A name probably already known to anyone reading this, Romelu Lukaku has this season proven himself to be the closest thing to the next Didier Drogba anyone will ever find. His ability to finish and his almost superhuman strength have earned him great plaudits this season, but for some unfathomable reason he has not been recalled to Chelsea from his loan at West Brom. At 21 Lukaku is part of a sudden rush of young, talented Belgian players, of which he is one of the most promising.
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