With the new year comes the time to make room for up and coming talent that are going to lead their teams to victory in the 20s. Last decade had plenty of fan favourites, with names like Ronaldo and Messi dominating the daily match predictions, but it’s time for some fresh meat on the field.
These big stars are coming up to their 40s in the not so distant future and with new talent as young as 18 heading into the game, it’s time to see what they can bring to the game, but who will we see flourish in 2020 and beyond?
Right-back for Liverpool FC, Trent Alexander-Arnold helped his team to victory in 2018-19 Champions League. The 21-year-old has promise and fans could see him become a bigger and more dominant member of the club in coming years.
He has nominations for ‘Golden Boy’ and ‘Men’s PFA Young Player of the Year’, showing the world he is on the rise and with his whole career ahead of him, he is at an advantage to the older player, although they are more experienced, he won’t be behind for long.
Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona’s midfielder has been impressing fans and his team with his performance in the recent season. At the age of 21, he is in the prime spot to spend the decade at the heart of the mid-field and build his experience, easily set him up to be a well-regarded player like many others on his team. Another star for Barcelona.
Matthijs de Ligt
New to Juventus, after a €75 million transfer last summer, Matthijs de Ligt is building his reputation within the sport due to recent performances. He won the ‘Golden Boy’ award in 2018 and was the first defender to win. After making his debut at only 17, he has shown nothing but promise and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. He is one to watch.
Now player for Borussia Dortmund, after leaving Manchester City in 2017, Jadon Sancho is in his third season at the age of 19. So far, he has 12 goals in 24 games, eight of those being consecutive in his last eight playing games. He has real potential to be a big player and at such a young age he has all the time to achieve it.
With a few more years under his belt, at the age of 25, Raheem Sterling is an England midfielder that has scored 8 goals in his past nine games and is showing promise, with his skills peaking as the new decades begins and his fitness indicates that he will be around for a while. Sterling is rumoured to have the potential to reach the same level as Ronaldo and Messi if he continues.
Thriving in his second season after a €22.7 million transfer to Inter Milan from the Racing Club in 2018. The striker is 22 years old and is set to be a long term success in the game.