Football's current wonderkids have been ranked into five tiers by YouTuber

  • Rob Swan

Some seriously talented youngsters have either burst onto the scene or further enhanced their burgeoning reputations this season.

Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood is currently the name on every football fans’ lips following his recent eye-catching performances.

The 18-year-old has scored 16 goals this season and has the potential to become one of the best forwards in Europe.

Over on Football Daily’s YouTube channel, presenter Joe Thomlinson has attempted to rank the world’s current wonderkids into five different tiers.

This is harder than it sounds, so fair play to Joe for giving it his best shot.

Either watch the video in full below or scroll down for the list and to read our thoughts…

Tier 5

Dwight McNeil

The 20-year-old Burnley midfielder, who is technically very talented, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months.

Tier 5 does feel a little harsh for the England Under-21 international, although when you see some of the players who feature in the following tiers it’s understandable.


Tier 4

Eduardo Camavinga

Dejan Kulusevski

Takefusa Kubo

William Saliba

Based on his recent performances, we’d probably argue that Takefusa Kubo should be at least Tier 3. The Japanese attacking midfielder, on loan from Real Madrid at Mallorca, has looked sensational at times this season.

Eduardo Camavinga is still only 17 but has looked superb at Rennes this year, while Dejan Kulusevski and William Saliba also have bright futures ahead of them.


Tier 3

Bakayo Saka

Ansu Fati


Gabriel Martinelli

Four quality young players here. In truth, all of them can consider themselves somewhat unfortunate to miss out on a place in Tier 2.

Bakayo Saka (18) has been magnificent for Arsenal of late, Ansu Fati (17) has broken several records while playing for Barcelona this season, Rodrygo (19) has looked dynamite at times for Real Madrid, while Gabriel Martinelli (19) has netted an impressive 10 goals for the Gunners in his debut campaign at the Emirates.


Tier 2

Phil Foden

Mason Greenwood

In our opinion, both of these players should be in Tier 1 - but plenty may disagree.

Phil Foden is the best midfielder that England have produced in years. Pep Guardiola is the 20-year-old’s biggest fan for good reason.

Greenwood, meanwhile, has all the tools required to become a global superstar. Two-footed, powerful and fast with a deadly eye for goal, Man Utd have a future world-beater on their hands.


Tier 1

Jadon Sancho

Alphonso Davies

Erling Haaland

Yep, all three of these youngsters deserve their Tier 1 status.

Jadon Sancho (20) has scored goals and bagged assists for fun at Borussia Dortmund this season.

Alphonso Davies, the 19-year-old Bayern Munich left-back, looks sensational every time you watch him. Is there a faster player in the world right now?

And what can you say about the formidable Erling Haaland? The 19-year-old has scored a ridiculously impressive 44 goals with Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund this term.


Who else deserves a mention?

Fans in the comments have pointed out some notable omissions.

Martin Odegaard, the Real Madrid playmaker on loan at Real Sociedad, would be at least Tier 2 - and possibly even Tier 1.

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix is another starlet who would be on the border between the top two tiers.


The same applies to Real Madrid’s 20-year-old winger Vinicius Junior.

And another youngster around the same level is Riqui Puig, Barça’s hugely-talented young midfielder.

There are also a couple of youngsters at Liverpool who perhaps should have featured, including Curtis Jones (19) and Harvey Elliott (17).

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