Eleven talents that must give the ‘bell’ in 2023: Endrick, Balde, Garnacho…
At MARCA we say goodbye to 2022 with our particular ‘chimes’ to welcome 2023. We left the Bellinghams behind,Pedro,musiala, Gavi,Gvardiol… to choose 11 not so consecrated promises born after January 1, 2002 -under 21 years of age- who should explode this year.
We wanted to design a varied eleven: eight nationalities and nine different Leagues are represented. You know: they are all who are… but not all who are. We also miss Kenneth Taylor, Moiss Caicedo, gabriel sloninaRich Lewis,Destiny Udogie (Udinese),Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds), Gianluca Prestianni (Vlez), Arda Gler (Fenerbahe)…
MAARTEN VANDEVOORDT (GENK)
Date and place of birth: Sint-Truiden, 26-2-2002. Position: Goalie. International: Belgium (7).
The youngest goalkeeper (17 years and 287 days) to play as a starter in the Champions League is one of the mainstays of Genk, an outstanding leader in Belgium. He has a guaranteed future: playing for RB Leipzig from 2024. He ‘shorts’ of playing too low, but he has good reflexes and manages to occupy a lot of goalkeeping.
BAD TASTE (OLYMPIQUE LYON)
Date and place of birth: Dcines-Charpieu, 5-19-2003. Position: Right side. International: France under 21.
Raise and lower the band without stopping. In addition, he is physically strong, which helps him win many duels. His ability to project himself in attack has become a great asset in giving Lyon a start from behind: he is the player who, outside set pieces, uses the most crosses in Ligue 1 (81) and the fourth who comes into contact the most times. with the ball (1,204).
ANTONIO SILVA (BENFICA)
Date and place of birth: Francelos, 10-30-2003. Position: Central. International: Portugal (2).
“He’s a very special player,” suggests Roger Schmidt. Right-footed, he stands out for his great tactical sense and his peace of mind to provide Benfica with a good output from the ball: he has a 92.1% pass success rate in the League. In the Champions League he is in the ‘top 10’ in clearances made (25). As if that were not enough, he has contributed three goals. He was at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
ZENO DEBAST (ANDERLECHT)
Date and place of birth: Halle, 10-24-2003. Position: Central. International: Belgium (3).
He was also in the World Cup. “I think I had never seen a better debut at only 18 years old!” Roberto Martínez said after his debut with Belgium. Right handed. He stands out for his ball handling and his ability to drive from behind. It is true that, on occasions, he has made mistakes at the start that have ended in a goal and that he lacks forcefulness despite measuring 1.91.
ALEJANDRO BALDE (BARCELONA)
Date and place of birth: Barcelona, 10-18-2003. Position: Left side. International: Spain (4).
He made his debut with Koeman more than a year ago and has already made 23 appearances and three assists with the Barcelona first team. He has a very athletic profile and, looking up, is a ‘dog’. He is doing so well that he has ‘seated’ Jordi Alba and has moved Marcos Alonso to the axis of the defence. Luis Enrique took him to the World Cup due to the last minute loss of Gay.
MAXIMO PERRONE (VLEZ)
Date and place of birth: Buenos Aires, 1-7-2003. Position: Pivot. International: Argentine sub 20.
The classic Argentine ‘5’. ‘Ol’ even dared to compare him with Redondo, although he identifies with Busquets. Safe pass, to the touch, and elegant driving, head up. He has already scored three goals with the Vlez first team. He is seen as a possible replacement for Enzo Fernndez at Benfica, although his role is more positional. City is also closely following him and could pay his 8 million clause.
DSIRE DOU (RENNES)
Date and place of birth: Angers, 3-6-2005. Position: Interior / attacking midfielder. International: France under 19.
Rennes continues to produce talent in abundance: Camavinga, Tel… Dou has the honor of being the first player born in 2005 to score in the five major leagues. He can play on the wing, but his natural habitat is to play on the inside, between the ‘8’ and ’10’ lanes. Dou, right-footed, protects the ball well and manages wonderfully in tight spaces.
XAVI SIMONS (PSV)
Date and place of birth: Amsterdam, 4-21-2003. Position: Inside. International: Netherlands (1).
His extraordinary first leg of the season (22 games, 10 goals and 4 assists) served as a ‘passport’ to go to the World Cup with the ‘Oranje’, although he only played 7′ in the round of 16 against the USA. Liverpool will force him to take a step forward at PSV. “He’s way past his age,” Van Nistelrooy says. On a technical level he is gifted.
YOUSSOUFA MOUKOKO (BORUSSIA DORTMUND)
Date and place of birth: Yaound, 20-11-2004. Position: Forward. International: Germany (2).
His fame precedes him for years. The youngest scorer in the history of the Bundesliga already has 59 games, 11 goals and 8 assists. Half of his goals (6) have come this season. Hence he went to the World Cup with Germany. The bad news for the ‘BVB’ is that he is ending his contract… and the greats of Europe, Barcelona included, are raffling it off.
Date and place of birth: Taguatinga, 7-21-2006. Position: Forward. International: Brazil under 17.
Another who, like Vandevoordt, has his future committed to 2024. Endrick will play for Real Madrid. Last season was the breakthrough: his debut and in just 306′ with Palmeiras he scored three goals and provided an assist. This course should explode.
ALEJANDRO GARNACHO (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Date and place of birth: Madrid, 1-7-2004. Position: Extreme. International: Argentine sub 20.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, his great idol, opens the doors of the eleven to the Spanish-Argentine. The former Atltico player has managed to conquer Ten Hag and has already accumulated two goals and two assists in 10 games with the ‘red devils’. “He is a blessing. If he works hard, he can do whatever he wants in football,” says McTominay. Talent and ability to balance, of course, he has plenty.