With the group draws completed for the 21st edition of the biennial event, we look at five of the best young talents that hope to make a big impact in this edition of the U-20 FIFA World Cup.
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Some mouth-watering games coming up, with some big ones right from day one on 20 May! pic.twitter.com/yhHOtf5KV1
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Top scorer in the qualifications, Lautaro Martinez of Racing is one of the most promising prospects for Argentina at just 19 years old. He was the star in Argentina’s lacklustre qualifying campaign scoring 5 goals. Quick, strong and being able to take defenders one on one, his skills haven’t gone unnoticed, with European giants Real Madrid and Arsenal showing interest. His performance in the U20 World Cup could determine where he lands up in the summer.
Lautaro Martínez,one of the few Argentines to impress in the U20 South American Championships, has scored inside 2mins for Racing v Lanus.
— Adam Brandon (@caniggiascores) March 12, 2017
19 year old Rodrigo Amaral is hard to miss when he steps on the pitch. This strong, barrel-chested beast will remind you of a young Rooney at his days in Goodison Park. Currently playing for Club Nacional de Football, he is an integral part of the Uruguay’s U20 squad, being the joint top scorer in the qualifications. His ability to use both feet equally has him being compared to the likes of Diego Forlan. Facing criticism for missing a penalty in the Junior World Cup, and concerns over his weight, he’s looking for a chance of redemption, having missed a major part of the 2015 U20 World Cup final due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the match.
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— Rodrigo Amaral (@RodriAmaral11) March 21, 2017
Monaco’s rising star, Kylian Mbappe has been prolific for his club scoring 10 and assisting 5 in the Ligue 1. Those are some big numbers for a player who’s only 18 years old. A good finisher, a strong heading capability, and an acute sense to pick out key passes, this man will be an important part of the French U20 national team.
— FIFA Soccer Team (@FifaSoccerTeam) March 5, 2017
The AC Milan wonderkid, who took Serie A by storm earlier this season, Manuel Locatelli played a crucial role in his side’s run in the U19 Euro championship where they lost in the finals to France. Compared to Milan hero Riccardo Montolivo, who is also Locatelli’s role model, this prolific midfielder’s quest for glory has just begun.
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This 19-year-old winger plays for Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim. Arsene Wenger’s summer target scored a hat-trick in the U-19 Euros. His appearances in the Bundesliga and the German youth team has attracted interest globally. A promising U20 World Cup performance would only add to the young winger’s hype as he gets ready to set the field ablaze with his pace and skills.