The 25 teenagers with the most minutes across European football in 2019/20

No teenager has played more minutes in 2019/20 than Gent's Jonathan David

When we think of teenagers lighting up European football in 2019/20, the likes of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho instantly spring to mind.

Both make the game look easy, despite not being in the third decade of their lives yet.

However, the two young stars are nowhere close to recording the most minutes played by a teenager across Europe this season.

In all competitions, Haaland sits 25th, while Sancho is in eighth. Sounds crazy, right?

Thanks to Transfermarkt, below you will find the top 25 teenagers with the most minutes across all competitions in 2019/20.

25. Erling Haaland (RB Salzburg & Norway) - 1403 mins

The goal scoring machine is only 25th in terms of minutes played. However, when it comes to goals, his overall tally of 27 in all competitions so far puts him comfortably top of that list.

24. Max Aarons (Norwich & England) - 1422 mins

One of England's most exciting prospects and a mainstay in Norwich's team since their promotion to the Premier League.

23. Tomas Tavares (Benfica & Portugal) - 1432 mins

Another exciting talent to emerge from Benfica, 18-year-old Tavares has already started four Champions League games at right-back for the Portuguese giants.

Tavares in action

22. Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes & France) - 1446 mins

The 17-year-old defensive midfielder who is sending shockwaves through Europe. A big-money move and a place in France's senior setup beckons in the near future.

21. Domagoj Bradaric (Lille & Croatia) - 1470 mins

The young left-back is enjoying a stellar campaign with the Ligue 1 side, which has seen him start three Champions League games.

20. Simon Sohm (FC Zurich & Switzerland) - 1499 mins

Switzerland's U19 captain and a mainstay in Zurich's starting XI at just 18, the defensive midfielder appears to have an incredibly bright future in the game.

Sohm in action

19. Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV) - 1503 mins

The only player to feature on this list who has not played any international minutes yet this season. We're confident the 17-year-old will be happy with his 20 appearances in all competitions for PSV, though.

18. Mohamed Simakan (Strasbourg & France) - 1515 mins

The 19-year-old right-back already has 18 appearances under his belt for Strasbourg this season, including 13 in Ligue 1. Impressive stuff.

17. Dejan Kulusevski (Parma & Sweden) - 1523 mins

In his 14 appearances for Parma in 2019/20, the 19-year-old right winger has three goals and five assists. He also earned his first senior cap for Sweden.

Kulusevski in action

16. Sandro Tonali (Brescia & Italy) - 1535 mins

One of the most exciting talents to emerge from Italy in years. The elegant defensive midfielder has already been linked with Europe's big boys after starring for Brescia in Serie A.

15. Matej Polidar (1.FK Pribram & Czech Republic) - 1545 mins

A relative unknown, but 17 appearances in the Czech top-flight at just 19 is still an achievement worth celebrating.

14. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg & Hungary) - 1553 mins

That's right, Haaland's teammate is ahead of him. The left winger already has eight senior appearances for Hungary under his belt as well.

Szoboszlai in action

13. Sergino Dest (Ajax & USA) - 1565 mins

The latest teenage talent to emerge from Ajax's academy. The American right-back oozes class and is as skilful - if not more so - than most out-and-out wingers.

12. Sven Botman (Heerenveen & Holland) - 1597 mins

A centre-back by trade, but the 19-year-old has scored two goals and recorded three assists in his 15 appearances for Heerenveen in 2019/20!

11. Zurab Davitashvili (Rubin Kazan & Georgia) - 1645 mins

A regular for the Russian Premier League side and two senior caps to his name for Georgia. Well played, Zurab.

Davitashvili in action

10. Leonidas Stergiou (FC St Gallen & Switzerland) - 1710 mins

The 17-year-old centre-back is making a name for himself out in Switzerland, helping guide St Gallen to third in the league table.

9. Orkan Kokcu (Feyenoord & Turkey) - 1756 mins

Holland is certainly a place for young talent to thrive, with Kokcu making 14 appearances in the Eredivise already in 2019/20, despite Feyenoord's struggles.

8. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund & England) - 1757 mins

A player we all know very well. One of the Bundesliga's best players and a regular for England, Sancho plays at a level far beyond his years.

Sancho with Dortmund

7. Benoit Badiashile (AS Monaco & France) - 1907 mins

Monaco love nurturing young talent and the 18-year-old centre-back is as exciting as they come. Already the key man in their defence, the sky really is the limit for Badiashile.

6. Ferran Torres (Valencia & Spain) - 1916 mins

The jewel of Spain's current youth sides and already a star with Los Che, Torres is a player you simply need to follow.

5. Romano Schmid (Wolfsberger & Austria) - 1924 mins

Part of Austria's exciting crop of young talent, Schmid has made 16 appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga already this season, with the 19-year-old central midfielder providing four assists in that time.

Schmid in action

4. Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague & Czech Republic) 2068 mins

At 17, Hlozek is taking the Czech top-flight by storm. In 17 league appearances, he has three goals and six assists!

3. Shapi Suleymanov (FC Krasnodar & Russia) - 2104 mins

Yet another exciting winger. In his 17 league games so far this season, Suleymanov has four goals and four assists, as well as creating two more goals in the Europa League.

2. Myron Boadu (AZ Alkmaar & Holland) - 2335 mins

He may just be 18, but Boadu is already one of the Eredivisie's star men. Fourteen league games this season have yielded nine goals and six assists and he also scored on his senior debut for Holland.

Boadu in action

1. Jonathan David (Gent & Canada) - 2521 mins

So if you don't know about Canada's 19-year-old midfield star, allow us to fill you in.

In 28 games for Gent this season across all competitions, David has scored 13 goals and notched eight assists and for Canada's senior team, he has 11 goals in his first 11 appearances.

So there you have it, only one Premier League player makes the cut and it seems obvious that Europe's big boys need to get their scouting departments watching the likes of David and Boadu.

It's further evidence that environments outside of Europe's top five leagues are best for nurturing younger talent.

The eyes of the world are not constantly fixated on your every move and it allows players to develop at a more natural rate.

Sancho set the precedent for young English players by moving abroad for game time and perhaps others should go one better by experimenting in lesser-known leagues.

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