10 best young players to watch in Portugal

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Oliver Torres

Portugal and it’s football, we don’t know how many times we have mentioned how much Portugal love there football, and how proud they are of the people who represent them. We all know of the Perez’s, the Gaitan’s and the Tello’s but who are the upcoming players?

Here we look at the top 10 best young players to watch in Portugal in 2015.

Óliver Torres – FC Porto, on loan from Atlético Madrid, 20 years old
A.K.A Miniesta is one of the most promising young players in Portugal football at the moment. He was called into the first team at Atlético back in 2012.

Anderson Talisca – Benfica, 21 years old
This kid was purchased by Benfica after only a year and a half of Senior Football under his belt and since then has hit the ground running. His is compared to Rivaldo with his graceful left foot.

Carlos Mané – Sporting Lisbon, 20 years old
Mané was brought through the ranks in the Sporting Lisbon academy. He is a tricky and pacey winger who can pry through any defence. He has grown a lot since being given a chance last season and who knows how far he will go this season with the right choices.

Danilo – Sporting Braga, 19 years old
The holding midfielder for Braga, dubbed “Vasco’s Busquets” in a reflection of his playing style and football roots, was a regular presence in Brazil’s youth teams. At 18, he is still quite young and, should he be able to work with the right people along the way, will certainly find himself playing for bigger sides than Braga

Saleh Gomaa – Nacional da Madeira, 21 years old
Saleh was considered the best player in the 2013 African Under-20 Championships and was rumoured to have entertained offers from Manchester United and Anderlecht as the central midfielder.

Ahmed Hassan – Rio Ave, 21 years old
Despite his height (191 cm), young striker Ahmed Hassan is fairly mobile and, boasting very good decision making, he makes himself available to receive the ball remaining aware of when to turn or when to wait so that his team-mates have the necessary time to push up the pitch.

Bryan Cristante – Benfica, 19 years old
Benfica’s signing of Italian youngster Bryan Cristante from AC Milan in the early season seemed like quite the coup, given the central midfielder’s huge potential. Still only 19, Cristante is Milan’s youngest player to feature in the Champions League (when he had yet to turn 17), which should give some indication of just how the player was rated in Italy.

Rúben Neves – FC Porto, 17 years old
At 17, Ruben Neves stands out in many ways. He never actually played for FC Porto’s Under-19 or B team – instead he went straight into the senior squad.

Ryan Gauld – Sporting Lisbon, 19 years old
Everyone took notice when Sporting Lisbon signed Ryan Gauld from Dundee United for £3million. Both club and coach had high hopes for the player and, in fact, coach Marco Silva was so impressed with what he saw in training that, even though Gauld was to be farmed out to the club’s B team, the Scottish wizard ended up making the Champions League squad.

Bernard Mensah – Vitoria Guimarães, 20 years old
Despite being rejected by Braga in his teens, Vitoria Guimarães ended up seeing some potential in Ghanaian Bernard Mensah. Shy, Mensah did not impress immediately, but his particularly strong shot and good decision making drew the attention of the club’s higher echelons. Slender and slight, the attacking midfielder (who can also play on both flanks) is still trying to incorporate a more physical dimension in his game. But the evolution has been clear for all to see.

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