The Best Young Players in the World in 2023/2024: Who Are This Season’s Wonderkids?

April 11, 2024

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By Eduard Bănulescu

The best young players in the world of modern football are seemingly getting younger and commanding bigger transfer fees than ever before. We’re talking about players who can affect big games, who can influence the result of important competitions and whose true potential is not yet fully known.

We’ve looked over the FootballCoin fantasy football stats, taken into account the potential and here are the best young players in the world as of the 2023/2024 season.

The best young players in the world in the 2023/2024 season

Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich)

Bayern Munchen found out that the one good thing about not being Nummer Eins is that you can experiment with new things. Thomas Tuchel was forced to experiment with his line-up often, which gave an opportunity to Mathys Tel. He has scored a few goals in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, and there’s a sense of excitement about a forward that is earning more match time alongside the likes of Harry Kane or Serge Gnabry.

Kenan Yildiz (Juventus)

Juventus were never going to win the Scudetto this year. Rather than set themselves up for disappointment, manager Massimiliano Allegri opted to invest in youth. He gave an opportunity to a number of potential wonderkids. Kenan Yildiz did the most with his chance. He’s been given game time in most matches this season, and the forward has scored three times. Besides, it’s been his skill on the ball and link-up play that makes him a favourite to become a Juve regular for years to come.

Claudio Echeverri (Manchester City)

Claudio Echeverri is an Argentine prodigy that Manchester City has needed to fight to bring to the Etihad. Why go through all the trouble? Well, he has earned comparisons to Lionel Messi (of course) and he’s already done very well playing for River Plate. Is it enough to make him a star in Europe? With Pep Guardiola’s guidance and some patience, Echeverri could be the next Latin American star to make a splash in the Premier League.

Pau Cubarsi (FC Barcelona)

While things haven’t gone to plan for FC Barcelona in a campaign in which they most likely fail to defend their title, new wonderkids have made their debuts in the Catalan starting eleven. Central defender Pau Cubarsi joined Yamal and Gavi. The 17-year-old is already being treated as a natural successor to players like Gerard Pique. And, if these estimations turn out to be true, Barca should be excited about their future.

Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United)

Kobbie Mainoo has enjoyed a fairytale start to a career as a professional player even when things looked like they were going terribly for Manchester United. A classic defensive midfielder, calm on the ball and possessing great vision and work ethic, Mainoo looks to have done enough to secure a place for this year’s Euro tournament, with Gareth Southgate already a fan. Keep this up and he can be world-class.

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Endrick (Palmeiras)

Real Madrid are on the lookout for wonderkids. And so far, they’re striking gold. Young Endrick’s imminent transfer to Madrid from Palmeiras looked like a risky move. Over the past year, however, Endrick has shown himself ready not only when sporting The Brazilian club’s jersey but the iconic national team’s one as well. Still just 17 and earning comparisons to superstars like Neymar, Endrick looks ready to shine as soon as he reaches Europe’s shores.

Arda Guler (Real Madrid)

Expect great things from this Real Madrid side. And don’t expect them merely because of prestige or current records. Los Blancos are building like never before. Arda Guller brought in from Fenerbahce last season, is one of the most highly promising players in their squad. Guler has been touted as “the Turkish Messi.” And although he has had to deal with early injury setbacks and not a lot of time in the first team, it is clear that he is one of the best young players in the world as of 2024.

Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)

Alejandro Garnacho is still just 19 years old and, until recently, a player that Manchester United was looking to offload on loan. It’s easy to forget this, considering just how good he has been this season. In fact, the Argentinian may be United’s shining light in a very poor season by the team’s standards. Garnacho has already netted eight goals this season, and United must fight hard to retain his services.

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Warren Zaire-Emery (Paris Saint-Germain)

PSG and French fans have every reason to adore Warren Zaire-Emery. Finally, here is a superstar that Paris Saint-Germain has produced and does not have to pluck away from a competitor. Zaire-Emery’s first matches broke multiple records. But it’s been once the dust has settled and the player has been integrated into first-team action that the midfielder has truly shown his worth. Still not the complete package, Zaire-Emery possesses tremendous passing and skill on the ball. If he builds on his already impressive abilities, he could be a leader for the French national side for years to come.

Lamine Yamal (Barcelona)

Talk about pressure. Lamine Yamal is currently tasked with leading a post-Messi FC Barcelona. But, even if the Catalans accept the rumoured $218 million offer from Paris Saint-Germain, he will be heading a post-Messi PSG at Parc de Princes. Is he that good? Yes, all indications point toward Yamal being a generational talent. He’s already made a splash in Xavi’s team this season. But he is still very young. Barcelona has also lost great young players in recent years.



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