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The three brightest young prospects in Europe

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Monaco have a real talent among their ranks (©GettyImages)
Monaco have a real talent among their ranks (©GettyImages).

In order for football to progress, more young players must be brought in to the game.

Now, it might be difficult due to their lack of experience but then come along a few players that manage to show talents beyond their age and these are the prospects of today who have the ability to be the stars of tomorrow.

Lucas Ocampos, Monaco

Lucas Ocampos of Monaco is a player who hasn't been in the game very long - he only made his debut for River Plate two years ago at the tender age of 17.

After a year in River's first team, making 39 appearances and scoring an impressive seven goals for a right winger of his age, he moved to Monaco for €16 million.

He played one fewer and scored two fewer than his impressive feats in Argentina during his maiden campaign in France.

This season, however, looks promising as he has more talented team mates to link up with after Monaco's summer spending spree. He's started the season steadily with a goal and two assists in all of his 12 appearances.

Zakaria Bakkali, PSV Eindhoven

Zakaria Bakkali is predominantly a left winger but is adept at playing as a striker as well. The young Belgian, of Moroccan descent, has grabbed many of the headlines this season, despite this being his first season in professional competition.

He became the youngest Eredivisie player of all time to score a hat-trick at the mere age of 17 years and 196 days. He also grabbed a goal in Champions League qualification against Belgian side Zulte Waregem, only for his PSV side to fall short of qualifying against Italian giants AC Milan.

PSV are looking in good stead to qualify from their group as they only need three points from their last two games to proceed.

Yassine Benzia, Lyon

Lastly, young french striker Yassine Benzia has been making quite a name for himself after scoring prolifically for the France Under 17s, the Under 18s and the Under 21s.

In all 20 appearances for the three sides, he's tallied an impressive total of 17 goals.

Unfortunately, he's scored only once for Lyon's first team, despite his 22 appearances in all competitions.

Lyon are renowned for creating top talents, most recently the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema and Newcastle's french attackers Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy, so it's no suprise the 19-year-old is being tipped for the top.

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