African footballers have always brought plenty of joy to their clubs and national teams. The continent has delivered plenty of figures that have played very good wherever they went and took their national sides to play for big things and shock the world in more than one occasion.
Right now there are big names from Africa that are superstars in European football and behind those, there are some young players that are eager to take the big stage and become superstars in the future. Today we’re going to discover who are the best youngsters in Africa at this moment; players who are looking to become the next George Weah or Samuel Eto’o and be the rulers of football in the future.
Here are the 10 best youngsters in African football.
Honorable Mention: Allan Okello
10. Cheick Doucoure
This Malian defensive midfielder knows how to control the ball with his feet, has great ability to break lines and his passing skills are impressive. It’s only a matter of time before we see this talented midfielder playing in a bigger team. Perhaps he will follow the footsteps of former Lens player Raphael Varane and sign with one of the best clubs in the old continent.
9. Sofyan Amrabat
Right now he plays for Belgian giants Brugge, trying to recover his best version, but there is no doubt that this guy has the talent to be one of the best African midfielders in the future. Amrabat is one of the leaders of the talented Morocco national team alongside Hakim Ziyech and Mehdi Benatia, confirming he hasn’t shown everything he can do in Europe.
8. Wilfred Ndidi
He is a tall player, which facilitates defending his team both in the air and on the ground, becoming the leader of Leicester City’s midfield this season. The Nigerian footballer is on the radar of plenty of teams in English football and this summer he might be leaving the Foxes to play for a bigger club.
7. Kelechi Iheanacho
Albeit Iheanacho’s season wasn’t precisely the best, this guy remains as one of the most exciting youngsters in African and European football. Maybe next season he’ll improve his displays, but no one can say he doesn’t have the conditions to be a player of the elite.
6. Amadou Diawara
This Guinean midfielder has had a curious career, to say the least, as he started playing in Serie C back in 2014 and ever since that his career has only gotten better. He’s only 22 at this moment and is already earning the attention of some important European clubs which will try to steal this gem away from Napoli.
5. Ismaila Sarr
This season the Senegalese winger scored 13 goals and dished 6 assists in all competitions in 50 games with Rennes while helping his team to win the Coupe de France against the all-powerful Paris Saint Germain via penalty shootout with Sarr scoring the one that gave his team the title. The future is bright for this one, as teams like Arsenal and Leicester are reported to be interested in his services. We’ll be hearing a lot about this guy in the future.
4. Achraf Hakimi
Hakimi is credited as the first Moroccan player to have won a Champions League. Albeit he wasn’t part of the Real Madrid’s 2018/19 Champions League squad, he did receive a medal. This right-back has a very good future ahead of him and we already can see his conditions with Dortmund. This year he helped the German side to end the season as the Bundesliga runners-up behind giants Bayern Munich.
3. Franck Kessie
Right now he plays with AC Milan, where his level keeps improving, hoping to help the Rossoneri to go back to their best form and be the competitive team they knew how to be once. Kessie is a very elegant player, very powerful and has an incredible technique, things that made him a very prominent footballer for the future.
2. Andre Onana
The Cameroonian saved his team in several occasions, helping them to reach important stages in Champions League and win the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup with one of the most talented rosters Ajax have had in history, featuring Onana as number 1. Just like his teammates in Ajax, Onana is expected to leave the team and go play for one European giant, we just don’t know which one.
1. Alex Iwobi
Iwobi has been great with Arsenal, is a breath of fresh air for their fans and a very good figure in the Nigerian national side. Albeit he has more things to be known for, many football fans remember Alex for the time he scored two goals against powerful Argentina and Lionel Messi.
This guy is ready to take the big stage and became a huge referent of African football as he is the best African youngster at this moment.