The Chelsea midfielder has come to fore as one of English soccer’s brightest young talents after a handful of appearances for the Blues and England Under-21s. He has a lot to learn, though, as he came in for criticism from Jose Mourinho for his poor performance in a post-season friendly against Sydney FC. Loftus-Cheek seems to have taken the assessment on the chin and vows to use it to break into the Chelsea team in 2015-16.
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Jordon Ibe, Winger, Liverpool
In January 2015, Brendan Rodgers recalled Jordon Ibe to his Liverpool squad following a successful loan spell with Derby County in the English Championship. Since then, the Londoner hasn’t looked out of place at Anfield, making a string of impressive appearances. And, with time on his side, the 19-year-old has a lot of room for development as he continues his journey with the Merseysiders. He is now set to play a key role in the Reds’ squad for the 2015-16 campaign.
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Paulo Dybala, Forward, Juventus
Dybala has spent the last three seasons at Palermo after moving from Instituto in his homeland of Argentina. A fantastic 2014-15 season in Serie A -- scoring 13 goals for the Rosanero -- persuaded Juve to spend $36 million to bring the forward to the Juventus Stadium for the 2015-16 campaign. Such a move can bring huge pressure and it will be interesting to see how the gifted 21-year-old settles into Turin life.
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Max Meyer, Midfielder, Schalke
At 19 years of age, Meyer, is a regular with club side Schalke and already has a cap with the German senior side. In the 2014-15 season he contributed five goals, an assist and created 30 chances for the Bundesliga team. The teen could be set for a big move away from Gelsenkirchen with most of Europe’s biggest names thought to be interested. Meyer is set to reach new heights in 2015-16.
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Mateo Kovacic, Midfielder, Inter Milan
Although Inter Milan had a poor season in Serie A -- failing to qualify for Europe – Mateo Kovacic was one of their shining lights, scoring five goals, assisting three and creating a whopping 62 chances. The Croatian already has 20 caps for his country and is one of the most sought-after youngsters in world soccer, with Liverpool reported to be interested. Roberto Mancini is thought to be a big fan of Kovacic, but may have to sell him to reshape the Inter squad. Big future.
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Simone Scuffet, GK, Udinese
At the tender age of 19 -- especially in goalkeeping terms -- Simone Scuffet has the full package needed to become a top keeper. His close range saves, composure, reliability, command of his area and imposing stature, make him an incredible prospect for Italian soccer. The Italy youth international was hailed as the potential replacement for Gigi Buffon after bursting onto the Serie A scene in 2014. However, after a quiet season last time around -- mainly restricted to Coppa Italia appearances -- this capable keeper still has a lot to prove.
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Jose Gaya, Defender, Valencia
After enjoying an incredible breakthrough season with Valencia in 2014-15, Gaya, has been linked with several clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea. Despite the interest, the Spaniard signed a new five-year contract at the Mestalla until 2020. He is the latest left-back off the academy’s conveyer belt, following Jordi Alba (now at Barcelona) and Juan Bernat (now at Bayern Munich) into Valencia’s first team. The 20-year-old finished last season having played 37 games and scored 2 goals.
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Marquinhos, Defender, PSG
Thiago Silva is one of the best center-backs in the world and Marquinhos has had the benefit of playing alongside the former Brazil captain over the past two years. And, at 21-years-old, Marquinhos is set to become one of the most competent defenders in the game. His reading of the play is impressive, rarely finding himself caught out of position and which allows him to push forward into attacking positions. The Brazilian international saw lots of playing time last season and is set to battle it out with fellow countrymen Silva and David Luiz for a starting berth in 2015-16.
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Memphis Depay, Forward, Manchester United
New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay has a big price tag and reputation to live up to this season. The explosive winger was in and out of the PSV team between 2011 and 2013, before bursting onto the scene near the end of the 2013-14 season -- earning him a call-up to the Dutch 2014 World Cup squad. Since the World Cup, the youngster has gone from strength to strength, picking up the Eredivisie Top Scorer award, becoming one of the top talents in Europe and earning his dream move to Old Trafford. Exciting times.
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Hakan Calhanoglu, Midfielder, Leverkusen
After very successful spells with Karlsruher and Hamburg, Hakan Calhanoglu moved to German rivals Bayer Leverkusen for $16.2 million in July 2014. The Turkey international attacking midfielder is now one of the top-rated youngsters in world soccer and is set to have a top career in the game. His style, pressing and elegance on the ball, added to his incredible free-kick taking make him unplayable at times. In a relatively short career to date, he has managed 41 goals from 140 appearances for his clubs, while he has amassed five goals in just nine caps for his country. Higher honors await him.