Scouting Report Jan 2016: 7 young players to watch

Gabriel Jesus- Man City

19 year old striker Jesus signed for City in August of last year on a deal that runs until 2021 he stayed with Palmeiras until December and has yet to be officially unveiled but he is now available to face Spurs at the weekend. He is firmly bedded in as Brazil’s number 9 aswell. City expect big things for the young Brazilian but will not be rushed into playing him immediately.

Sergio Samper- Barcelona

Spanish under 21 international Samper can play in central midfield or as a defensive midfielder and has recently been on loan to Granada in La Liga and has impressed with his composed and disciplined displays in a struggling team. Having turned down a move to Arsenal in the last few days to fight for a place at Barcelona the young Spaniard looks to have a bright future and will be included most probably in the Copa Del Rey games for the Catalans in the immediate future.


The Brazilian under 23 international goalkeeper has been earning rave reviews in Portugal. Keeping his compatriot and experienced colleague Julio Cesar out of the Benfica team is no mean feat. Averaging 6.2 saves per game and being a ‘sweeper keeper’ it wont be long before even bigger clubs than Benfica come calling.

Borja Mayoral- Real Madrid (Wolfsburg loan)

Another Spanish under 21 international, Mayoral is currently on loan at Wolfsburg gaining more experience away from the Bernabeau where playing time will be limited for the 19 year old. Mayoral hasn’t had any football at Madrid worth noting but coming up through the academy with the Castilla enough is thought of him to send him abroad to get footballing minutes under his belt and used to competing for a place, although with Mario Gomez competing for a starting birth aswell things may not be easy for the youngster.

James Horsfield- Manchester City

Horsfield is only 21 but City have thought it wise to send him to Holland to gain experience with NAC Brada. Not much is known about the English midfielder but it will be interesting to see how he gets on with the Dutch side.

Jesus Vallejo- Real Madrid (Eintracht Frankfurt loan)

Central defender Vallejo is another Real Madrid graduate and what’s more is getting valuable game time in Germany with the Bundesliga outfit. Playing in 16 games this season with an 86% pass rate Vallejo is a composed centre half still learning his trade.

Alban Lafont- Toulouse

At 16 years and 310 days Lafont is the youngest goalkeeper to feature in a Ligue 1 game. Having been labelled in like to Milan’s young keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Labont is now 17 and is one of the best keepers in the league without a doubt. Arsenal are one club keeping a close eye on the youngster from Burkina Faso. 22 appearances in all competitions this season and the only registered goalkeeper at the club Labont must have wide shoulders and seems to be wiser than his years for sure.



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