FourFourTwo’s 100 Best Teenagers in the World 2017: 100-91
95. Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, on loan from Tottenham)
Need to know: Carter-Vickers represents the USA at youth level but was born and raised in Southend, and joined Spurs’ academy at the age of 11.
The strong center-back may have expected to get a decent chance in north London sooner, but it’s proved impossible so far and manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to loan him to Sheffield United for the current campaign. The 19-year-old quickly became the first-choice option for the Championship’s surprise package.
Highlight so far: Carter-Vickers marked his Blades debut with a 33rd-minute winner at Bolton in mid-September. MY
94. Jacob Bruun Larsen (Borussia Dortmund)
Need to know: Borussia Dortmund love nurturing young widemen, and left-footed wing wizard Bruun Larsen is definitely an exciting talent.
Recruited from Lyngby in 2015, the Dane scored at will for the U19s, convincing BVB’s management to promote him to the senior side. He made his Bundesliga bow at Hamburg in September and continues to impress in the UEFA Youth League, bagging a brace in the 5-3 win over Real Madrid.
Highlight so far: Bruun Larsen scored 20 goals in just 17 matches for the U19s during 2016/17, hitting five against Wuppertaler. MY
93. Krystian Bielik (Arsenal)
Need to know: Nicklas Bendtner was once loaned from Arsenal to Birmingham when considered a great prospect, but hopes are high that Bielik will turn out to be more successful.
There’s still a good chance of that, since the Polish starlet is calm and level-headed. A graceful center-back who can also perform in defensive midfield, Bielik made 10 league appearances for Birmingham last season but is yet to feature for the Gunners this term. Arsene Wenger purchased the ex-Lech Poznan trainee from Legia Warsaw in 2014 for £2.5m.
Highlight so far: Bielik was impressive in pre-season for Arsenal, though it's difficult to judge him against modest opposition. MY
92. Simone Lo Faso (Fiorentina, on loan from Palermo)
Need to know: Palermo are famous for their excellent scouting abroad but Lo Faso is very much a local jewel – he was born in Palermo and joined the academy aged 14.
A skilful second striker, he made his first-team debut last season and started for the first time in the Eagles’ 6-2 loss at Lazio. Following Palermo's relegation, Fiorentina took him on loan with an option to buy – and he’s made a positive impression on coach Stefano Pioli.
Highlight so far: A quarter-final appearance at the 2015 European U17 Championship with Italy. Lo Faso scored an important goal against the Republic of Ireland during the group stage. MY
91. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
Need to know: A tall, burly striker born in French Guiana, Edouard has already achieved quite a lot. He was top scorer at the 2015 European U17 Championship with eight goals – the best-ever record in the competition – and then produced some sterling performances for PSG in the UEFA Youth League as they reached the final in 2016. Edouard scored his first Ligue 1 goal last season while on loan at Toulouse.
This term he could become a key player for Celtic, and found the net on his Scottish Premiership debut.
Highlight so far: His hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Germany in the final of the 2015 U17 Euros was phenomenal, and Edouard was rightfully selected as the best player of the tournament. MY
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