FourFourTwo’s 100 Best Teenagers in the World 2017: 90-81
90. Berkay Ozcan (Stuttgart)
Need to know: Compared to Mesut Ozil by some, Ozcan chose to represent Turkey even though he was born in Germany. That could prove significant in the future, because the midfielder showed great promise during Stuttgart's promotion campaign in 2016/17, playing in 21 matches, scoring two goals and providing three assists for his team-mates.
It took him a while to make his mark in the Bundesliga – the 19-year-old is still considered quite raw physically – but Ozcan has started Stuttgart's last two matches and grabbed two assists in their 3-0 win over Freiburg. Things are looking up.
Highlight so far: That recent display against Freiburg. Ozcan teed up goals for Daniel Ginczek and Benjamin Pavard late in the first half to help give his side a solid half-time lead; the first a cross, and his second via a free-kick.
89. Guus Til (AZ Alkmaar)
Need to know: A tall, attacking midfielder, Til combines technical skills with physical presence and is effective in the air.
Born in Zambia, he spent his early years in Mozambique and Namibia before settling in the Netherlands and becoming one of the top prospects of AZ Alkmaar’s academy.
After making his debut in September 2016, Til is now a certain starter for the Cheeseheads and has won half a dozen caps for the Dutch U20 side, too.
Highlight so far: Til has netted seven Eredivisie goals to date, with September’s winner against NAC Breda especially impressive. He's been on fire recently, striking both goals in a 2-1 win over Heerenveen before netting in the 3-2 victory against Willem II.
3:41 for Til’s goal
88. Gian-Luca Itter (Wolfsburg)
Need to know: Itter must have been delighted when Martin Schmidt was appointed as Wolfsburg coach in September 2017. The Swiss specialist loves giving youth players a chance, and the 18-year-old left-back has been given the opportunity to prove his worth in the Bundesliga.
Speedy, skilful, elegant and tactically alert, he’s a top prospect and many expect him to become a national team star.
Itter’s twin brother David-Jerome is also on Wolfsburg’s books, and both have been watched by Arsenal.
Highlight so far: Itter made his Bundesliga bow playing 90 minutes in the dramatic 2-2 draw at Bayern Munich in September, which proved to be the last league match of Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure.
87. Julien Ngoy (Stoke)
Need to know: Ngoy is so highly rated that Monaco considered signing him as a replacement for PSG-bound superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Powerful and skilful, the Belgian forward has potential, though his progress is taking a little more time than expected. Stoke nipped in ahead of Manchester United and Real Madrid to sign him in 2013, but he is yet to make a meaningful impact in Mark Hughes’s first-team squad yet having just turned 20.
Ngoy made only five Premier League substitute appearances during 2016/17 but penned a new five-year contract with the club in September.
Highlight so far: Playing against Manchester United for 17 minutes isn’t much of a highlight, but it’s the most he’s achieved so far.
86. Giovanni Troupee (Utrecht)
Need to know: Troupee wanted to be a pilot as a child, but had to settle for football and has emerged as the most promising young right-back in Holland.
He made his debut for Utrecht at the age of 17 and became a regular starter during 2016/17, featuring in 31 matches and combining tenacity, lightning speed and a desire to join attacks at every opportunity.
Carles Puyol is his role model and Troupee resembles the Barcelona defender even in hairstyle.
Highlight so far: Troupee scored three league goals in 2016/17, including one in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Feyenoord.