Arsenal star Bukayo Saka tops prestigious wonderkid list

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka
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Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has topped a poll of the best wonderkids in the world right now.

The 20-year-old has been in fantastic form for Arsenal this season, helping the Gunners on an unexpected top four charge and his standing within the game has been reflected by The CIES Football Observatory ranking him as the best young player in the sport right now.

Teammate Gabriel Martinelli was also on the list, while other Premier League stars Luke Thomas, Michael Olise and Armando Broja appear. 

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The top 20 wonderkids in world football right now, according to The CIES Football Observatory:

  1. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
  2. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
  3. Patrick Wimmer (Arminia Bielefeld)
  4. Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)
  5. Michael Olise (Crystal Palace)
  6. Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen)
  7. Castello Lukeba (Olympique Lyonnais)
  8. Goncalo Ramos (Benfica)
  9. Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao)
  10. Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)
  11. Kamaldeen Sulemana (Stade Rennais)
  12. Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
  13. Armando Broja (Southampton)
  14. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
  15. Jurrien Timber (Ajax)
  16. Yan Couto (Braga)
  17. Quentin Merlin (Nantes)
  18. Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain)
  19. Goncalo Inacio (Sporting)
  20. Chukwubuike Adamu (Red Bull Salzburg)
  21. Ilya Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kiev)
  22. Rayan Ait Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  23. Joao Pedro (Watford)
  24. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
  25. Takefusa Kubo (RCD Mallorca)
  26. Mattia Viti (Empoli)
  27. Armel Bella-Kotchap (VfL Bochum)
  28. Jan Thielmann (Koln)
  29. Hugo Ekitike (Stade de Reims)
  30. Konstantin Tyukavin (Dinamo Moscow)
  31. Karim Adeyemi (Red Bull Salzburg)
  32. Kouadio Kone (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  33. Valentino Livramento (Southampton)
  34. Leo Greiml (Rapid Vienna)
  35. Gavi (Barcelona)
  36. Alexandre Penetra (Famalicao)
  37. Danila Prokhin (Sochi)
  38. Radu Dragusin (Salernitana)
  39. Malo Gusto (Olympique Lyonnais)
  40. Luke Thomas (Leicester City)
  41. Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  42. Arsen Zakharyan (Dinamo Moscow)
  43. Yeremi Pino (Villarreal)
  44. Ameen Al-Dakhil (Sint-Trudin)
  45. Adrien Truffert (Stade Rennais)
  46. Joshua Zirkzee (Anderlecht)
  47. Nicolo Rovella (Genoa)
  48. Yunus Musah (Valencia)
  49. Billy Gilmour (Norwich City)
  50. Nathanael Mbuku (Stade de Reims)

Michael Olise

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.