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Top 10: Attacking youngsters

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Lukaku looks set for stardom (©GettyImages)
Lukaku looks set for stardom (©GettyImages).

Many youngsters have been taking the footballing world by storm in recent time and look set to shine in the 2013/14 season. 

Here's 10 of the best attacking youngsters in world football: 

10. Kacper Przybylko (FC Köln)

This young talent, from Austria, has many positive aspects to his play. Born in 1993, he is only 20-years-old and he stands at 6ft 3. His most impressive feat is his heading ability and his strength, which combine perfectly to make him a lethal aerial threat.

9. Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona B)

Currently on loan at Everton, the Spaniard is nothing short of a hot prospect. He is capable of playing both on the wings and in the the centre and his blistering pace and efficient dribbling co-operate brilliantly enabling him to thunder past onlooking defenders.

8. Artun Akcakin

Currently playing for Gençlerbirligi, this young talent is rather incognito. However, he is a fantastic prospect for the future. His bulk and physicality enable him to retain possession and hold off defenders.

7. Julian Draxler

One of FC Schalke 04's star players last season, confidently replacing Tottenham bound Louis Holtby. His dribbling is effective and the accuracy on his passing is next to impeccable. 

6. Zakaria Labyad

Sporting Lisbon's right sided player who is also able to play down the centre, sparkled in recent seasons earning him worldwide recognition. The Morocco international demonstrates exceptional speed and dribbling on a regular basis.

5. Connor Wickham

This Sunderland player hasn't featured too often in the Black Cats line-up, and new boss Paolo Di Canio is constantly bringing in big names which suggest his time hasn't come yet. The youngster's finishing is his best trait and his positioning and work rate is also admirable.

4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Arsenal winger has featured regularly in the north London starting XI, and seems destined for great things. His speed agility and awareness is very mature and he plays in a ver experienced manner, which is odd for a youngster such as himself. He has lots to learn, but he surely is one to watch.

3. Harvard Nielsen 

The Norwegian player is currently playing for Red Bull Salzburg. He was born in Oslo and stands at a comfortable 1m87. His strength, heading and finishing are all very good.

2. Wilfried Zaha

The Ivorian-born England international plays for English champions and has been dubbed as the next big thing. His pace and dribbling are mesmerising and he also uses a large variety of 'silky skills' which regularly feature a quick, efficient selection of step overs.

However he has been pipped to number one by:

1. Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku  had a relatively dismal first season in West London, and many grew doubtful of his ability, ignoring the fact that he was just 17-years-old. Although, a loan at midlands club West Bromwich Albion saw him net 18 times in the Premier League season. 

He has then since been described as the new Drogba, controversially denied by Blues boss Jose Mourinho. His strength, pace, heading and finishing are all absolutely brilliant. He will surely become on of the best if he maintains his form and fulfils expectations.

The reason many clubs invest in youngsters, is for their price. In an ideal world, they could let them develop with the tender care and encouragement they need, without the hassle of loans, but this would just see their price tags rise massively. 

 

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