after two years at Brighton, Yves Bissouma is finally showing the quality which saw him reach the AFCON final before his 20th birthday, a hot end to the 19/20 campaign brought the Malian Brighton’s June player of the month award and second place in July and at 24 this season should be the one he finally explodes.
despite missing 26 league fixtures out of the last 76 and occasionally drifting out of games the Bissouma put up consistently strong stats averaging five attackers interceptions a match in England he’s deceptively quick and skillful completing 2.4 triples per 90 last season with only Kovacic Ndombele and teammate Steven Alzate managing more among the league’s midfielders and there should be more to come in his early days at Lille the Bissouma had a freeroll and completed more dribbles won possession more often and was way more expansive with his passing with twice as many progressive passes per game as today,
now adding the discipline to match his game reading and athleticism Bissouma seems to have finally gained Graham Potter trust in an underrated seagull squad he could be the star who drives the team into the top half.
many players on our list are prospects some are too old for a big move but Riccardo Orsolini is 23 and has the talent to go almost anywhere
his bologna team could only come 12th in Serie A last year, and though Orsolini ended up with a modest 14 goal contributions that was 27 of his team’s total and less than he deserved with xg saying he should have had 18 goals and assist
a left for two predominantly plays off the right Orsolini was signed by Juventus at 20 but only as a money-spinner going out on loan to Atalanta and Bologna before the Rosso blue made his move permanent in 2019 fast and capable of physically competing with big defenders Orsolini’s broad skill set makes him unpredictable for opponents and saw him lead his team in shots chances created and dribbles in 2019-20
in 2019 the Italian earned his first international cap and grabbed a goal and an assist in just 45 minutes against Armenia with a dearth of outstanding wide talent in the squad Euro 2021 should be his chance to shine and earn the move his performances deserve.
now in his fourth Premier League season, Richarlison already feels like a fixture despite being just 23. at the time of writing only 12 Brazilians have made more appearances than him in the competition and with an excellent injury history which has seen him miss just five of the last 117 Premier League matches he could yet go on to break the record currently held by Lucas Leiva.
when Everton paid Watford 35 million pounds for him in 2018 there were plenty of skeptics but his output since has been a lead, he bagged 13 in each of his first two years on Merseyside and a partnership with Calvert-Lewin has seen his creativity flourish too with one assist in his first campaign turning into three in his second and two in his first three games of 2021.
and the arrival of James Rodriguez should take his play to new heights Richarlison now takes 4 shots a game up from 2.8 and he’s also dribbling constantly completing an insane 5 take on per 90 this term Messi or Zaha stats Everton have the cash to fight off advances rejecting a hundred million euro bid from Barcelona in January but Richarlison deserves the biggest stage and will surely end up in the champions league with or without the toffees.
when the 2019-20 Eredivisie was canceled AZ Alkmaar must have been furious at the time they were second to Ajax only by goal difference with six points clear of third and had the best defense in the league
but while an excellent campaign may have been denied silverware it did see the development of attacking midfielder Calvin Stengs into an Eredivisie all-star
stang’s grabbed 12 goal involvements in 24 starts and only four players created more chances in the Netherlands than he did all of those were over 25 while Stengs is just 21 and unlike most creators, he wasn’t relying on set pieces with just eight of his 60 key passes coming from dead bulls his vision from open play rivaled the best in the country with only Ziyech completing more through balls than him and even when comparing him to youngsters in the top five leagues he shone with no under-22 across Europe passing into the box more often than him
with 2.5 troubles a game and at just under six-foot tall Stengs also has the athleticism to compete at the highest level, and in 2019 received his first international cap a move simply can’t be far away.
now 28 Danny Ings is finally showing what he can do at the highest level injuries and competition for places meant that 2019-20 was the first year since 2015 in which the forward made more than 25 league appearances and he did so in style, playing every minute for Southampton to help the saints to 11th after a horror start saw them lose eight of their first 12 fixtures
Ings scored 22 goals second best in the league to Jamie Vardy and the same as Aubameyang despite playing 300 minutes fewer than the Gabonese in fact when you take out penalties he scored two more in league play than Cristiano Ronaldo did for Juventus and took her assisted 26 of all the shots at Southampton attempted in the prem and his contribution didn’t end at goal scoring.
closing down opponents 20 times a match putting seventh in the competition for pressing suggesting that his time on the crop at Liverpool wasn’t wasted even if he spent most of it on the bench his performance as the last term brought wings his first England call-up in five years which he catches with a goal against Wales and if he can maintain this form for another 12 months don’t rule out a trip to next summer’s European Championships