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10 best young players in Europe ready to break out in 2019

By Michael Duah
10 best young players in Europe ready to break out in 2019
10 best young players in Europe ready to break out in 2019

From Manchester United's best prospect Mason Greenwood to the 16-year-old Rochdale defender eyed by the Premier League's biggest clubs... here are the 10 youngsters primed to break out in 2019.

2018 was an incredible year for football in so many ways.

The World Cup captured the imagination of fans across the globe, Manchester City took football to another level in the Premier League and Mohamed Salah's shoulder became the talk of a continent.

However, time waits for no man and supporters are already looking forward to what should be an equally eye-catching 2019. 

While Lionel Messi and Co should continue to take centre-stage, there are a handful of young players ready to take the game by storm. Sportsmail's Simon Jones is here to tell you all you need to know about these future stars... 

Mason Greenwood

Club: Manchester United 

Age: 17

Position: Striker 

Who is he? 

After making the first team squad against Valencia, Yorkshire-born Greenwood is tipped to make his debut soon. Has scored 22 goals in 19 starts for the U18s, U19s and U23s, and scored a hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup against Chelsea this week. A composed figure, Greenwood signed a professional contract in October and the club have high hopes for his progress.
Mason Greenwood has been tipped for the top at Man Utd having impressed at youth levelHoussem Aouar 

Club: Lyon 

Age: 20 

Position: Midfield 

Who is he? 

A Rolls-Royce of a midfielder who, as reported by Sportsmail last month, has already drawn admiring glances from Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Barcelona and Liverpool. 

Indeed the Anfield club tried to sign him when he was 15 but he opted to stay in France where he has developed into one of Europe's best and is being valued at over £40million.Houssem Aouar has already been touted as one of the best young players in EuropeTroy Parrott

Club: Tottenham

Age: 16 

Position: Striker 

Who is he? 

The Dublin-born teenager only joined from Belvedere FC in Ireland last year but is exciting staff and supporters with his displays. Parrott has flair, skill, is quick, technically strong and holds the ball up well for his teammates. 

Another who impressed in the FA Youth Cup, helping Tottenham to beat Millwall. Has already been compared to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.
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Hamed Junior Traore

Club: Empoli

Age: 18 

Position: Midfield 

Who is he?

Made his debut last season as a 17-year-old after impressing at youth team level where he was nicknamed 'the machine'. He is strong, quick and good in the air. 

Traore has made 14 appearances this season for the Italian Serie A side and is already been the subject of a £3m offer from Juventus as the big teams begin to circle.Image result for Hamed Junior Traore Erling Braut Haaland

Club : Molde / RB Salzburg

Age: 18 

Position: Forward 

Who is he? 

Impressed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde with 16 goals. Leeds-born Haaland has had scouts from Italy, England and Germany flocking to watch him in action. A 6ft 3ins left-footed centre-forward, he is the son of former Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge Haaland and is set to join Red Bull Salzburg next month.
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Dru Yearwood 

Club: Southend United 

Age: 18 

Position: Midfield 

Who is he? 

Broke into Southend's first team last year and is expected to kick on again this year. Plays like Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and that has attracted attention from uncompromising opponents in League One and scouts from the likes of Crystal Palace. Though Yearwood is only 5ft 9ins tall, manager Chris Powell describes him as 'a very big young talent'. Image result for Dru YearwoodArvin Appiah

Club: Nottingham Forest 

Age: 17 

Position: Winger 

Who is he? 

Made his first team debut coming on as a substitute against Burton in October and is expected to make a big impression next year. The England U18 international is a tricky forward who has been watched by England's top clubs and some from the Bundesliga. Forest have denied they are willing to sell him for £6m but offers are expected soon.
Image result for Arvin AppiahPaul Glatzel

Club: Liverpool 

Age: 17 

Position: Forward 

Who is he? 

Born in Liverpool to German parents, Glatzel was dogged by injuries but has battled back to form an exciting partnership with Bobby Duncan. 

Liverpool have a number of promising youngsters including Adam Lewis, Curtis Jones and Dutch defender Ki-Jana However, but Glatzel is a relatively unsung talent appreciated by his peers and primed to step up.
Related imageAnte Palaversa

Club: Hajduk Split

Age: 18 

Position: Midfielder 

Who is he? 

Croatia has a reputation for producing technically gifted midfield players and Palaversa is the latest off the conveyor belt. Has been thrust into the first team at Hajduk and has the style of a young Toni Kroos. 

An excellent passer of the ball with good vision, the Croatia U19 international also has an eye for goal and that is attracting attention from Europe's elite clubs.Image result for Ante PalaversaLuke Matheson

Club: Rochdale

Age: 16 

Position: Defender 

Who is he? 

Baby-faced right-back returned to Year 11 at school in September and marked it by making his first team debut for Rochdale at just 15. Is being followed by Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, City and Tottenham. Rochdale have been careful not to push him too soon as he continues to train with the first team but is ready to kick on next year.Related imageHERE'S SIX MORE TO KEEP AN EYE ON, TOO 

MOISE KEAN, JUVENTUS Age: 18, Position: Striker

VINICIUS JUNIOR, REAL MADRID, Age: 18, Position: Striker

GEDSON FERNANDES, BENFICA, Age: 19, Position: Midfielder

DANI OLMO, DINAMO ZAGREB, Age: 20, Position: Winger

ALEXIS CLAUDE MAURICE, LORIENT, Age: 20, Position: Attacking midfield

AMER GOJAK, DINAMO ZAGREB, Age: 21, Position: Midfielder

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