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European youngsters ready to shine this season

Zaha is a star in the making. (©GettyImages)
Zaha is a star in the making. (©GettyImages).

These five young players, all under the age of 22, have the chance to come good this year in Europe. But will they? GMS Academy member Josh Pope thinks so...

5) Wilfried Zaha - Manchester United

A key component in Crystal Palace's Premier League promotion at the end of last season, Wilfried Zaha will be hoping to catch the Premier League on fire under Manchester United.

The forward or midfielder has already appeared for the England national team, and though this may not be a massively significant achievement anymore, but his combination of power, pace and skill could see him become a regular in David Moyes' first team.

4) Adem Ljajic - Fiorentina 

The man of much transfer speculation from a few English clubs, Serbian international Ljajic is no longer one of Italy's best kept secrets. The Fiorentina attacking midfielder has scored 15 goals in 78 appearances since his Viola debut in 2010, 11 of them last season.

First team football is not a problem for Ljajic, but if the Serb wants to challenge the top players in Europe, a move to a bigger club may suit him very well indeed.

3) Xherdan Shaqiri - Bayern Munich

Already, Shaqiri is at one of the biggest clubs in the world, but the pacey winger is yet to hold down his own space in the first team. He did however play some role for Bayern in their treble winning season last year and is a regular in the Switzerland side.

The ex-FC Basel player may find it in his best interests to move to a slightly smaller club in search of regular football. However, if he doesn't, he may well have a more active season with the Bundesliga champions this year. His strength and speed make him one of the most versatile players in Europe, he just needs the chance to show it.

2) Marco Verratti - PSG

Already being credited with the potential to be the next Andrea Pirlo, Verratti is a classy playmaker with a large amount of vision and skill. He was signed by big French spenders PSG last summer and topped a terrific debut season by being named in the team of the year for Ligue 1.

After one great season already under his belt, Verratti will be looking to have a true breakout season with the Parisians, as they look to repeat their domestic success and go even further in Europe, having only gone out to Barcelona last year because of away goals.

1) Isco - Real Madrid

Isco has already shone in games with overachievers Malaga during the past two seasons, but this season will prove to be the deciding one for the 21-year-old Spaniard. He recently completed a move to Real Madrid and the entire world is waiting to see if he's the real deal.

With 14 goals in just 69 appearances with Malaga over two years, Isco looks more than ready for his big chance. This will be the big season for him though, as Madrid look to take back the La Liga crown from Barcelona and find glory in Europe as well. Will Spain ever run out of top class 5'9"ish midfielders?

Do you agree or think their are others who will do better? Comment below!

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Wilfried Zaha
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La Liga
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Bundesliga
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