We look at UEFA’s top ten leagues and goals in all competitions from players who are 23 and under. Which means there’s no place for players in Scotland or the Netherlands, but we do make room for those in Russia, Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium and Turkey as well as the five big leagues…
10) Landry Dimata (Anderlecht, on loan from Wolfsburg) – 13 goals
The Belgium Under-21 international (seven goals in 12 games) will be one of this summer’s hottest free properties as his Wolfsburg contract expires at the same time as an Anderlecht loan spell that has so far reaped 13 goals. The 21-year-old is said to be a target for Roma this summer.
9) Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 13 goals
“Should he change [teams], then I’ll ask Timo to come to us to Liverpool!” said Naby Keita earlier this month. Liverpool would certainly be glad to have Werner, who is on course for his third consecutive 20-goal season despite being only 22. But would Germany’s first-choice striker come to England to be a back-up forward? We suspect not.
Can someone tell me where Timo Werner plays in Liverpool’s starting lineup when they’ve got Firmino, Salah and Mane fit 🤷🏾♂️
— Martin Lee Grant (@Mar10LG) February 13, 2019
8) Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – 13 goals
It still seems really very odd that Barcelona spunked over £100m on Dembele, but he is quietly winning over Barcelona fans with his work ethic as well as his creativity. Only Lionel Messi creates more chances per 90 minutes in this La Liga side, which puts Dembele ahead of Philippe Coutinho on just about every measure. Not bad for a 21-year-old if you can forget about the price tag.
7) Wesley (Club Brugge) – 13 goals
A 22-year-old Brazilian who is beloved of his Belgian side, he has formed a deadly partnership with another striker of the same age – Siebe Schrivjers. Wesley is strong in the air, fast and is a diligent presser as well as a consummate finisher; he will surely finish this season in Belgium before making a move for the best part of £20m. He has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Everton and Lazio.
EUROPA LEAGUE SCENES | Club Brugge were a goal down to RB Salzburg at the break, before defender Denswil Stefano equalised and forward Wesley scored the winner in the 2-1 win.
The 22-year-old Brazilian then took on the duty of conductor after the final whistle. 👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/CWmv2AwdvZ
— PitchingItBlack (@PitchingItBlack) February 15, 2019
6) Carlos Vinicius (Rio Ave/Monaco) – 14 goals
Another Brazilian, the 23-year-old is now on loan with Monaco (where he has played just a handful of minutes) after spending the first half of the season scoring 14 goals for Rio Ave in Portugal. He is yet to play for parent club Napoli, who bought him from second-flight Portuguese side Real SC for about £3.6m after a 19-goal season. A wise move.
5) Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – 16 goals
Ridiculously still just 21, Jesus has started just seven Premier League games this season but has seen his goalscoring figures boosted by six goals scored against lower-league opposition in the domestic cups as well as three goals against Shakhtar Donetsk. Nice work if you can get it.
4) Nicolas Pepe (Lille) – 17 goals
He has become the right-wing target of choice for many Manchester United fans who have barely seen him play, by virtue of the phenomenal statistics that have helped Lille make a strong bid to finish second and return to the Champions League. A conservative estimate for his price tag would come in at around £70m. He will probably join Barcelona.
Right Wingers that #MUFC could get in the summer.
1. Nicolas Pépé (LOSC Lille)
Preferred Foot: Left
— Kevin (@KG9522) February 17, 2019
3) Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from Benfica) – 19 goals
He has not long turned 21 but this boy is seriously good. So seriously good, in fact, that he has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea. But Eintracht Frankfurt have first option on a player who has played just four senior games for Benfica. “One thing is clear, we’ll trigger the option (for Jovic) and do everything we can to get him to stay with us,” says sporting director Fredi Bobic. At the very least, they will make a tidy profit.
2) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – 24 goals
Ridiculously talented and ludicrously fast, Mbappe has won the World Cup and now has his sights on the Champions League with PSG. He was excellent against Manchester United last week and then casually did this at the weekend against Saint-Etienne…
Check out Kylian Mbappe’s goal! ⚽️
Are we even surprised anymore to what this kid can do? 😅🔥pic.twitter.com/CADjofZmp2
— Mozo Football (@MozoSports) February 17, 2019
1) Krzysztof Piątek (Genoa/AC Milan) – 25 goals
The 23-year-old Pole has scored six goals in his first five games for AC Milan after joining the club as a £31m replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, so it’s safe to say that it really has gone quite well. So well in fact that his value is already said to have doubled in just a few short weeks. Cue Chelsea fans crying into their London Pride.
And, in James' Game of the Weekend, Atalanta were beaten 3-1 at home by Milan!
In case you didn't see it on the weekend, here's another look at Krzysztof Piątek's beautiful finish 🇵🇱.
He's now scored six goals in four games for Milan! pic.twitter.com/CUVQleTcYY
— On The Continent (@otcpod) February 18, 2019