Top ten young goalscorers in Europe in 2018

Date published: Tuesday 9th October 2018 7:13

For the purposes of this list, we are only including goals scored for clubs listed in UEFA’s top ten nations. So Mason Mount and his Eredivisie goals miss out. We have included both top-flight and Champions League/Europa League strikes…

All players are 21 or under.


10) Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad (eight goals)
Two goals in Friday night’s 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby catapults the 21-year-old Spanish winger onto this list, though his record of a goal every 312 minutes of football would fail to convince anybody that he was a sensation. Bizarrely, he made his full Spain debut at the age of 19…before he played for the Spanish Under-21 side.


9) Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona (six goals)
He could eventually cost £135.5m. Which makes his overall Barcelona haul of nine goals look like scant return until you take into account last season’s thigh muscle rupture and his tender age. He started this season both in the Barcelona team and scoring, but he has now lost his place to one of the few players who cost more than him. Philippe Coutinho is on the wing to accommodate the wonderful Arthur.

8) Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City (eight goals)
The only man on this list from the Premier League (depressingly, Marcus Rashford is next in line with four goals), Jesus has already been capped an impressive 22 times by his country. But he finds it far easier to get games for his country than his club, with his propensity for missing chances largely restricting him to the City bench. He is their favourite substitute.


7) Cengiz Under, Roma (10 goals)
A £12m purchase by Roma last season, he became the youngest Turkish goalscorer in the Champions League when he netted against Shaktar Donetsk in February. He ended the season with a credible eight goals from the wing and the 21-year-old has since added two more, meaning that Bayern Munich are taking an interest. They have to replace Arjen Robben some time.


6) Luka Jovic, Eintracht Frankfurt (10 goals)
Six strikes at the end of the last Bundesliga season – while on loan from Benfica – proved enough to earn Jovic a call-up to the World Cup by Serbia, where he played a grand total of one minute against Brazil. He started this season slowly but has since scored four goals in his last five games, including strikes in the Europa League against Marseille and Lazio.

They’re counting the German Cup. We don’t. We spit on the German Cup (we don’t).


5) Jean-Kevin Augustin, RB Leipzig (12 goals)
He has already scored seven goals this season, though for the purposes of this list we are ignoring German domestic cup and Europa League qualifying goals. We are certainly not ignoring all the Bundesliga and Europa League goals he scored last season, mind.

Augustin has lost his place in RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga side but he did score against Rosenborg in the Europa League last week. It left some PSG fans with a few questions.


4) Patrick Cutrone, AC Milan (12 goals)
He cannot force his way into Milan’s starting line-up but he was called up by Italy last week after scoring twice in a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos in the Europa League. He is 20 and he is Milan through and through.


3) Viktor Tsygankov, Dynamo Kiev (14 goals)
Scouts across Europe have been having kittens about a 20-year-old who returned after last season’s winter break in the Ukraine and scored seven goals in 12 games as Dynamo Kiev tried but failed to haul back Shakhtar Donetsk. A now six-time-capped international winger, possibly the most impressive thing is that he often captains his club despite his tender age. He has scored in both his Europa League appearances this season.


2) Kylian Mbappe, PSG (15 goals)
After a brief sojourn to win the World Cup, Mbappe – still only 19 – returned to PSG duty to score ten goals in seven games already this season, with four strikes in 13 minutes coming against Lyon at the weekend. He is quite simply brilliant. Though his record of a goal every 111 minutes puts him ever so slightly behind this guy…


1) Fedor Chalov, CSKA Moscow (15 goals)
The Russian league’s top scorer with seven goals already this season – and still he cannot get himself a Russian cap. Which is frankly taking the p*** considering England’s predicament of still calling up Danny Welbeck.

Read more about him here and remember the name…


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