The 2022/23 football season has already witnessed a handful of young football talents across Europe. Some are even key players for their respective teams despite their age.
Players such as Erling Haaland, Vinicius Jr., Reece James, and Rafael Leao, among others, are some of Europe’s best performing youngsters at the moment However, there are also a couple of unfamiliar young players who have been impressive this season for their respective teams. As such, this article will take a look at four such youngsters.
4. Alejandro Balde Martinez (Barcelona)
Much credit has to go to Barcelona manager Xavi. Hernandez for keeping faith with young talents at Camp Nou. The Spanish tactician has trusted the likes of Pedri, Gavi and Ronald Araujo among others with game time.
The latest name to come through the ranks under Xavi at Barcelona is 18-year-old sensation Aleiandro Balde. who has been impressive this season.
Balde isn’t one of the most popular names at Barcelona. However, that hasn’t stopped the young left-back from proving his worth in the first-team.
The Spaniard has so far played 383 minutes of football action for Barcelona this season. This he has been able to achieve despite having to contend with Jordi Alba and Marco Alonso for a starting position at left-back.
His explosiveness and high work-rate has been a huge asset for Barcelona on the left flank this season. Balde has so far registered three assists in five matches, making him one of La Liga’s top assist providers at the moment.
3. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
Aside from the difficulty in pronouncing his name, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has been a joy to watch for Italian side Napoli this season.
The 21-year-old Georgian talent is presently among the top transfer bargains of the 2022 summer transfer window, judging by his performances at Napoli.
The Italian giants spent a transfer fee in the region of €10 million to secure the services of Kvaratskhelia from Dinamo Batumi this summer.
He has played a combined total of nine games so far for Napoli this season, scoring four goals and providing one assist.
The Georgian has also been a handful for opposing teams down the flanks, making him one of Europe’s most impressive wingers.
2. Mykhylo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
The 21-year-old Ukrainian is another youngster who is presently making fame for himself in Europe this season.
Mykhylo Mudryk has often caught the eye with his dazzling performances, especially in the ongoing 2023/23 UEFA Champions League competition.
He is a highly technical winger who is capable of playing anywhere across the forward front three. He combines his speed with excellent ball-carrying ability and clinical finishing.
Mudryk has scored two goals and provided three assists in five appearances for his club side Shakhtar Donetsk in all competitions this season.
He is also attracting interest from a couple of clubs in Europe, including Arsenal and Newcastle United, as reported by Metro.
1. Noah Okeafor
Another youngster who has been impressive this season is Red Bull Salzburg sensation Noah Okafor. He is among some of the breakout young players to keep an eye on for the future.
The 22-year-old is presently in his third season with Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg after securing a move from Basel in the summer of 2020.
Okafor is a highly technical centre-forward whose movement makes it very difficult for opposing defenders to pick him out. He also has a decent link-up play with his teammates and can operate as a second striker.
The Swiss has so far registered an impressive seven goals in nine appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in all competitions. He also scored a famous strike against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League this season.