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The future stars of Belgian, Dutch & German football

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Here we will explore the brightest talents around Europe and some of the players we may be seeing a lot of in the future...

Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay is a sizeable part of PSV Eindhoven's young exciting squad. He is 19-years-old, and has made a big impression on the Eredivise already.

The Netherlands international just obtained a call up for the national team squad for their World Cup Qualifying games against Hungary and Turkey - to receive a call up at 19 for such an imperious international outfit is an achievement that will only enhance his CV and his price tag.

Where does he play and what are his attributes?

Depay plays his football as a left-winger for PSV and is extremely comfortable when in possession. His predominant foot is his right, however both are strong.

Side-stepping defenders by coming in on his right is just one way in which he skips past opponents. Depay does enjoy cutting inside but can also cross the ball very well and executes most perfectly with his left foot.

Another aspect of his game is his strength - for a 19-year-old Depay is very physical - another impressive trait. Just to finish off - Depay is something of a free-kick specialist too and can generate tremendous curl.

Depay's confidence, strength, pace and skill combine together to make him an established all-round player. His price tag is rising all the time but would be a great asset to any counter-attacking club or a side looking to use the wings as best they can.

Maximilian Meyer

Max Meyer is a player fighting his way into the FC Schalke team. He is a playmaker and is doing his best to make his mark on the Bundesliga.

At the tender age of just 18, he found himself starting for Schalke in a Champions League fixture against FC Basel. The fact he's number 7 for Schalke highlights his importance to his club.

Where does he play and what are his attributes?

Meyer's stand-out attributes are his ball control and dribbling. His control is sublime and allows him to retain possession of the ball well and feed his team mates with the passes that spark up attacks.

As a playmaker Meyer has tough competition at Schalke, with the likes of Julian Draxler and Kevin Prince Boateng, but should soon enough be a first team player for the German side.

His dribbling is also superb; another attribute required to effectively play behind the forward; running at defences while waiting for those ahead of him to make a perfect run is his job and is a job he does so efficiently.

Meyer is a very similar player to Draxler and with speculation over his future, Meyer could be the man to take his spot.

Already showing glimpses of a top player, Meyer will be on the books of many teams requiring an attacking midfielder, but with Champions League experience under his belt, he will not be available on the cheap.

Dennis Praet

Dennis Praet is a young player developing rapidly. He plays his football in his homeland of Belgium where he stars for R.S.C Anderlecht. A number 10 for his side, he's extremely influential and involved in all attacks. He may only be 19-years-old but he is already a regular for Anderlecht.

Where does he play and what are his attributes?

Praet is another playmaker just like Meyer and his ability is similar. However, Praet has an excellent capability to pass a ball anywhere he wants on the pitch.

Praet is a box-to-box player and will help out his defence as best he can. His dribbling skills are also pleasing on the eye and he'll usually navigate past defenders and in to dangerous areas.

He would fit easily into the modern 4-2-3-1 - although he may not be ready for a big move yet. Desperate Premier League clubs could gamble now though, if they feel they are in need of a playmaker in the January window.

Praet's lack of experience is transparent but his undoubted potential is there. He too would not come cheap but in a few years could prove to be a worthwhile investment.

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