Europe has been graced with some of the finest footballers to ever the play the game, now we look at the latest bunch of youngsters who are lighting up the continent with their own brand of ball brilliance.
These are the top five hottest prospects in Europe right now:
Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund
Gotze missed most of last season due to injury, but is more than making up for it this season with 12 goals in 29 appearances already. This attacking midfielder has the skill to beat defenders and an eye for a pass allowing him to set up teammates – illustrated by his seven assists this season.
Mainly played through the middle or on the wing, Gotze is deadly from both positions, he has formed the deadly partnership with Marco Reus that created the spark to see off both Manchester City and Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
If Dortmund can hold onto Gotze I can predict that they will be much closer to Bayern Munich next season.
Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund
When Marco Reus’ transfer to Borussia Dortmund was announced last year, many were quick to predict he would adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and system.
12 goals in 25 appearances, with five assists, proves they were correct. Usually found playing on the wing or as a forward, Reus is well known for his pace, versatility and technique.
As previously mentioned, Reus has formed a deadly partnership with Mario Gotze, which has brought great success to a star-studded Dortmund team.
Jack Wilshere – Arsenal
Again another player that has been hit with injuries early in his career, coming back early this season, Jack Wilshere has been the driving force for Arsenal since.
He is able to take the ball past players with consummate ease, deliver key passes and is also not afraid of getting stuck into a tackle.
Wilshere shows maturity beyond his years when asked to play in a holding midfield role for both club and country and has been tipped by Arsene Wenger to be a future Arsenal captain, providing the Gunners can keep hold of him.
Raphael Varane – Real Madrid
Sir Alex Ferguson must be kicking himself after missing out on this youngster. Already used in big games against Barcelona and Manchester United, Varane combines speed with tough tackling and dominance in the air.
A defensive partnership with Ramos at the heart of Madrid's back four could form a very strong defence for Los Blancos in the future.
Also occasionally employed as defensive midfielder, Varane is comfortable on the ball and excels in playing long passes from defence.
Stephan El Shaarawy – AC Milan
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving to PSG last summer, El Shaarawy had big boots to fill, but 18 goals already this season has gone some way to doing so.
Playing out on the wing or through the middle, El Shaarawy likes using his speed and dribbling skills to take the ball past defenders, cutting inside from the left and taking wicked long-distance shots.
Already capped by Italy three times and with one goal against France, El Shaarawy is definitely one to watch in the future.
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