Soccer’s Next Big Star (Part 1)

The world of soccer is filled with stars in every major league in Europe and the United States. We all know of the Messis, Ronaldos, and Agüeros. However, this is not about them, but about the next big stars in each country/league. 

Premier League: Dele Alli (Tottenham). Alli is one of the most talented midfielders in the EPL, and is only getting better. With 18 goals and 7 assists in the past season, he helped lead the Spurs to a second place finish in the Premiership. Dele Alli’s tall frame will allow him to compliment Harry Kane and Mousa Dembélé in the 15 yard box. His talent is rivaled only by Gabriel Jesus of Man City for someone so young, despite that Jesus is a forward while Alli is a Midfielder. Dele’s ball control skills are world class, and will surely get better as he ages. Overall, I think that if he can calm his fiery attitude a tad and polish some of the rough spots in his game, such as defense, he can and will become a world class player. My Comparison: England great, and LA Galaxy and Manchester United legend, David Beckham. Beckham was an amazing two-way player and Dele Alli should look up to him as an influence in his game. 

La Liga: Paco Alcácer (FC Barcelona). La Liga is stacked with all-time greats including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so it is hard to find someone who will have a chance to become one of the next superstars in the league. Paco Alcácer is a great striker, and is just 23 years old. The reason that he isn’t a superstar (yet), is because he is being shadowed by the three-headed monster of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. Paco hasn’t gotten enough exposure because of Barça’s three amazing forwards already. There is a chance that Alcácer will get more playing time next season with the departure of Luis Enrique and the hiring of new boss Ernesto Valverde. In my opinion, to make a name for himself in soccer outside of Spain, he will need to be transferred to or signed by a team that will give him a starting XI spot where he can truly flourish. My Comparison: Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. Like Hazard, Alcácer will need to be able to embrace his 5’8″ height and play bigger than what he was dealt. 

Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco). Mbappe is on track to be one of the best strikers ever. In his first season this year with Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco, the 18 year old netted 15 goals in 17 appearances (12 Starts). He also had 8 assists for Monaco, and is proving himself on one of the highest stages in the world. In this young offseason, Mbappe has already drawn a £95M bid from Arsenal FC, and will likely garner more interest from clubs all across Europe. Mbappe has the potential to be an all time great if he stays healthy, and possibly moves to a club with more global recognition than Monaco. My Comparison: Barça Right Winger Lionel Messi. Like Messi, Mbappe has some of the quickest feet and best speed in Europe. He will be hard to stop by defenders and can score from any angle.

Part 2 comes out next Monday featuring young stars from Calcio A, Bundesliga, and MLS


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