A good centre-back partnership is crucial to a team’s success and finding a a good young one is quite difficult.
Any young player needs time to learn but perhaps, with the exception of goalkeepers, centre-back is the probably the most unforgiving position for it.
Mistakes by a young centre-back have a much higher chance of resulting in a goal, so to succeed there requires a strong character and excellent concentration levels.
There are plenty of talented young centre-backs across Europe but only very few are look likely to have the talent to become the next Rio Ferdinand, Vincent Kompany or Laurent Koscielny.
GMS have picked out five young men that look as though they may have what it takes to be considered at the top of the game.
There is no rigid age limit for the players, they just need to be in the early stages of their respective careers and showing lots of promise.
Click on to find out who they are...