Mbappe, Alli, Dembele: Who are the top 25 young footballers in Europe's elite leagues?

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Who are the most decisive young players aged under 23 in Europe? Goal gives you the lowdown with our ranking in conjunction with Opta

Kylian Mbappe has never done things like the others. On Sunday, the 19-year-old showed that once again as he captured the spotlight at Stade Velodrome, where he won the match for Paris Saint-Germain. 

Head coach Thomas Tuchel admitted that he punished the forward by putting him on the bench for the start of the game against Marseille, but just three minutes after coming onto the field, he accelerated like lightning to open the scoring and tilt the match in PSG’s favour.

Since August, he has posted terrifying figures, already up to 10 goals in Ligue 1 this season. But where does he rank in comparison to other players under 23? Goal has taken a look at the most decisive young players – adding together goals and assists – in Europe’s five major leagues since August 2016.

  1. #25 ​Franck Kessie

    22, Ivorian, AC Milan.

    95 matches, 23 times decisive – 14 goals, 9 assists.

  2. #24 ​Allan Saint-Maximin

    21, French, Nice.

    86 matches, 23 times decisive – 10 goals, 13 assists.

  3. #23 ​Leon Bailey

    21, Jamaican, Bayer Leverkusen.

    65 games, 26 times decisive – 19 goals, 7 assists.

  4. #22 ​Kelechi Iheanacho

    22, Nigerian, Leicester.

    69 games, 27 times decisive – 17 goals, 10 assists

  5. #21 ​Patrick Cutrone

    20, Italian, AC Milan

    56 matches, 27 times decisive – 23 goals, 4 assists

  6. #20 ​Lorenzo Pellegrini

    22, Italian, Roma.

    81 matches, 28 times decisive – 12 goals, 16 assists.

  7. #19 Maxwel Cornet

    22, Ivorian, Lyon.

    102 games, 29 times decisive – 18 goals, 11 assists.

  8. #18 ​Christian Pulisic

    20, American, Dortmund.

    94 matches, 29 times decisive – 12 goals, 17 assists

  9. #17 ​Maxi Gomez

    22, Uruguayan, Celta

    47 games, 29 times decisive – 21 goals, 8 assists.

  10. #16 ​Pablo Fornals

    22, Spanish, Villarreal

    93 games, 30 times decisive – 13 goals, 17 assists

  11. #15 Jonathan Bamba

    22, French, Lille

    68 games, 30 times decisive – 18 goals, 12 assists.

  12. #14 ​Jean-Kevin Augustin

    21, French, RB Leipzig

    66 games, 30 times decisive – 20 goals, 10 assists.

  13. #13 ​Kai Havertz

    19, German, Bayer Leverkusen

    76 games, 31 times decisive – 14 goals, 17 assists.

  14. #12 Marco Asensio

    22, Spanish, Real Madrid

    105 matches, 34 times decisive – 22 goals, 12 assists.

  15. #11 ​Mikel Oyarzabal

    21, Spanish, Real Sociedad

    95 matches, 34 times decisive – 20 goals, 14 assists.

  16. #10 ​Julian Brandt

    22, German, Bayer Leverkusen

    92 matches, 34 times decisive – 18 goals, 16 assists.

  17. #9 ​Gabriel Jesus

    21, Brazilian, Manchester City

    65 games, 34 times decisive – 26 goals, 8 assists.

  18. #8 ​Francois Kamano

    22, Guinean, Bordeaux

    95 matches, 35 times decisive – 25 goals, 10 assists.

  19. #7 Malcom

    21, Brazilian, Barcelona

    84 matches, 35 times decisive – 21 goals, 14 assists.

  20. #6 ​Marcus Rashford

    20, English, Manchester United

    115 games, 38 times decisive – 25 goals, 13 assists.

  21. #5 ​Ousmane Dembele

    21, French, Barcelona

    85 games, 48 times decisive – 19 goals, 29 assists.

  22. #4 ​Leroy Sane

    22, German, Manchester City

    97 matches, 53 times decisive – 25 goals, 28 assists.

  23. #3 ​Dele Alli

    22, English, Tottenham

    106 matches, 62 times decisive – 38 goals, 24 assists.

  24. #2 ​Timo Werner

    22, German, RB Leipzig

    88 matches, 62 times decisive – 46 goals, 16 assists.

  25. #1 ​Kylian Mbappe

    19, French, PSG

    100 games, 90 times decisive – 59 goals, 31 assists.