The Top 5 Young Players of the Season

Published 06/06/2015, 6:02 AM EDT


1. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur

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The 21-year old Tottenham striker enjoyed a breakthrough season at White Hart Lane, scoring 31 and assisting 6 goals in his 51 appearances for the club in all competitions and winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Kane became the first player to score over 30 goals for Spurs since Gary Lineker in 1992. He also scored on his international debut for England in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Lithuania after coming on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney. He gets into good positions, he is a great header of the ball and most importantly, his work rate is fantastic. If Kane continues to perform well, it won’t be a surprise to see him lead the forward line for England in Euro 2016.

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2. Memphis Depay –  PSV Eindhoven

The 21-year old Netherlands winger was on fire this season, scoring 25 and assisting 5 goals for PSV in 2014-15. Depay helped PSV end their seven year wait for a league title. He was voted as the Eredivisie Young Player of the Year and as a result, he was signed by Manchester United for £25m. Thanks to his explosive pace and sublime ball control, Depay has already been compared to a young Cristiano Ronaldo by fellow Dutchman Ronald de Boer, and is surely one of the brightest young talents in world football at the moment.

3. Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais

Alexandre Lacazette headed off competition from a trio of Paris Saint- Germain’s title-winning stars, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to be handed Ligue 1’s Player of the Year award. He scored a brilliant 27 goals this season and assisted 6 in 33 appearances for the club, breaking Lyon’s club record for goals in a single Ligue 1 campaign. He is strong, holds the ball well and his finishing is world-class. The 24-year old French striker isn’t shy of taking shots from distance and can dribble as well. He is just the kind of centre forward every team wants to have, and will surely be a transfer target for many top clubs this summer.

4. Paul Pogba – Juventus

Paul Pogba is arguably the finest young defensive midfielder at the moment in world football. The 22-year old Frenchman is as capable of an inch-perfect cross-field pass or a 60-yard diagonal ball as he is at out-muscling defenders. He is an excellent dribbler, he is fantastic when it comes to aerial battles, he can shoot from a distance and generate tremendous power in his shots, which has earned him a nickname – Pog-BOOM! He scored 9 goals and assisted 6 in 35 appearances for Juventus this season, which for a defensive midfielder, is exceptional. Pogba is a wonderful player, and his form would be crucial for Juventus in the Champions League final against Barcelona.

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5. Kevin De Bruyne – Wolfsburg

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Jose Mourinho must be thinking that he should have tried harder to incorporate Kevin de Bruyne into his Blues squad. The 23-year-old’s 21 league assists is the joint-highest in the big European leagues this season and the highest ever in Germany. The Belgian international has scored 15 goals this season and has 25 assists to his name in all competitions. Owing to his brilliant performance, Wolfsburg won their first ever DFB-Pokal cup and qualified for the Champions League for only the second time in club history. His delightful passing and vision and his long range shooting was on show throughout the season. A player of his calibre will surely be of great interest for many big clubs in the transfer market this summer.

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