The competition will see some of the best talent Europe has to offer.
UEFA Nations League has brought a lot of excitement in the international break, where European national teams are now competing for a trophy rather than playing international friendlies. To that effect, the level of competition has increased and national teams of respective countries are fielding strongest sides and using the platform to launch some of their best young players too. In the latest round of fixtures, and the upcoming fixtures too, some of the best prodigies will take to the field for their countries.
Players like Mason Greenwood, Erling Haaland and many more come to mind when we talk about it. However, there are some relatively unknown players as well who have buckets of talent and will turn heads soon enough. Therefore, we have compiled a list of top five young players (below the age of 22) that will and have featured in the UEFA Nations League.
5. Jeremy Doku – Belgium
Belgium and Anderlecht have seemingly produced another pacy winger that is full of flair and exceptional ability in Jeremy Doku. The 18-year-old started in Belgium’s latest 5-1 victory over Iceland in the Nations League.
The youngster grabbed a goal and also looked very threatening throughout the game. Some of the big European clubs will be closely monitoring him and vying for his signature soon.
4. Ozan Kabak – Turkey
Turkey has produced some iconic footballers over the years and the latest gem coming out of the country is the centre-back, Ozan Kabak. The 20-year-old has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga in the last couple of seasons since making a move to FC Schalke from VfB Stuttgart in 2019.
Kabak, at such a young age, is already a regular starter in the Turkish senior national team and was recently linked with a move to Liverpool and FC Bayern Munich. Eventually, Kabak will make a big-money move soon and is one of the most talented young defenders in Europe at the moment.
3. Dejan Kulusevski – Sweden
Sweden has a hot prospect on their hands in Dejan Kulusevski. The Juventus winger has taken massive steps in his development over the last year during his loan spell at Parma and has broken into a regular starting position in the Old Lady’s eleven. Playing alongside a star like Cristiano Ronaldo has certainly helped him.
The 20-year-old winger has buckets of pace, can hurt the opposition defence with his pinpoint crosses and also has a strong shooting ability to find the back of the net. He is also one of the players to receive the highest ratings boost in the FIFA 21 game.
2. Eduardo Camavinga – France
Eduardo Camavinga has been part of the discussion around French Ligue 1 for a few months now after impressing everyone with his performances for Rennes. Camavinga earned a senior national team call up for the last round of fixtures for France at merely 17-years of age. He also became the second-youngest scorer for France at the age of 17 years and 11 months when he opened the scoring against Ukraine in a 7-1 victory during a friendly encounter.
The midfielder has a large frame but also has speed in his armory. He can hurt the defences in the air and also has technical fluidity to find spaces with his passing and can dribble out of tricky situations. Paris Saint-Germain are said to be looking at his signature among other big clubs.
1. Ferran Torres – Spain
Ferran Torres secured a big-money move to Manchester City from Valencia in the transfer window and is highly liked by the gaffer, Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard was part of Spain’s senior national team that played against Germany in the latest round of Nations League matches.
The 20-year-old can operate on either the left or right flank and has raw pace to hurt any full-back. Torres loves to exploit the room on the wings and has a very polished crossing ability for the attackers in the box to feed on.