Victor Osimhen – A young Eagle flying in France

Stepping out to the roar of an unfamiliar crowd can put many players off. Bright lights, big defenders giving you the stare, and the feeling of all eyes on you. Young or old, the pressure to perform for the new faithful, the people who have placed all their hope on you, can be overwhelming. Victor Osimhen, however, lived up to the expectations and burst onto the Lille scene by scoring the 2 goals needed to beat Nantes in their opener…

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Gian-Luca Waldschmidt – Germany’s young Euro hero

The Under-21 European Championships is in full flow, with teams being knocked out ready for the finals of the competition. One team that looks particularly strong is Germany. After their senior team withered out of the World Cup last year, all eyes will be on the next crop of talent. While Kai Havertz and Leroy Sane are leading the way, players like Luca Waldschmidt are coming up close behind. This is why the young forward is One to Watch! Waldschmidt…

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Breakout Team of the Season – 2018/19

Here at FootballOwl, we love looking at young stars that are looking to be the next big things in world football. New players come along every year looking to impress and this season has been no different. The players in this list have all had extraordinary seasons that have really pushed them into the limelight. This is FootballOwl's breakout Team of the Season! GK: Alex Meret (Napoli) Alex Meret will be one of the lesser known names in our Team…

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Jean-Philippe Mateta – Mainz’s Main Man

This time of the season can be a stressful one for many clubs. Going for the title, qualification to the European cups, or fighting for survival. For others, they got their business wrapped up already. Thanks to Jean-Phillippe Mateta, Mainz fans can rest easy in their beds. The young striker has scored 12 goals this season, and at just under 1/3 of Mainz's total goals, Mateta has definitely played a big part in the clubs survival this season. Just like…

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Ibrahima Konate stats – Leipzig’s One to Watch

In the last 10 years, there has been only two real stars of world football. Two of the greatest players to ever grace the game in Messi and Ronaldo have been battling it out and have really had the spotlight on them. It has now been 13 years since Fabio Cannavaro won the Balon D'Or. It may just be a coincidence, but in the recent times, top quality centre backs have been in short supply. Aymeric Laporte and Virgil van…

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Youssef En-Nesyri stats: Analysis of the Leganes One to Watch

Football is a universal language. Stars are born on every continent, and African players are no different. Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are tearing up the Premier League goal charts. Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is being consistently mentioned as one of the world’s best centre backs. We posted an article on Achraf Hakimi, Morocco’s young defender, now there is another young Moroccan making a name for himself. Leganes striker Youssef En-Nesyri’s stats show he is one to watch. So here is…

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Nicolò Zaniolo – Stats: Roma’s ‘One to Watch’

Nicolò Zaniolo is a name that not many would have heard until his remarkable two-goal performance against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League last 16. The 19 year old became the youngest Italian player to score two goals in a UCL match - ever. He’s also the youngest player to score in a UCL knockout tie since Kylian Mbappe in May 2017, and the second youngest ever to score a brace, once again after Mbappe (April 2017). Zaniolo also…

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Dodi Lukebakio stats – Watford’s One to Watch

Many would say the last 12 months has seen a change in the way young footballers from Premier League clubs kick off their careers. They believe instead of going to the lower leagues, or sitting on the bench, it helps to take their talents abroad, and Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio stats show he is taking the same initiative. Dodi Lukebakio – Watford’s One to Watch The Bundesliga is now getting a new image. Before, it was once the league of competition,…

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Achraf Hakimi BVB Dortmund Stats and Analysis

At 20 years old, Achraf Hakimi of BVB Dortmund is just starting his career in football. Looking at his stats though, he has achieved more in his short career than many of players ever will. He became only 20th African player to ever lift the Champions league, and shortly after went to World Cup. Representing your nation and lifting trophies is what all young players dream of. The defender is definitely one of FootballOwl’s One to Watch. Hakimi stats -…

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One to Watch: Luka Jovic analysis

Having just played his 100th career match, Frankfurt's Luka Jovic is definitely making the most of his time in football. Currently the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga, the Serbian striker made a name for himself after scoring an incredible 5 goals against Fortuna Düsseldorf, and becoming the youngest player to do so in the German League. It is an amazing achievement, and the statistics show he is definitely a striker with a bright future and One to Watch. See our…

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