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Rodrygo, Lee and the teenage La Liga stars to watch in 2019-20

01:00 EAT 16/08/2019
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While the likes of Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard will take most of the headlines, there is a new generation of talent about to burst onto the scene

The new La Liga season is just hours away, and fans are excited to see their club's latest big-money signings in action.

Perhaps even more satisfying for a supporter, though, is seeing a young player flourish when given the opportunity on the biggest stage.

But who should you be looking out for when the teams are named on the opening weekend?  Goal  breaks down some of the top talents the Spanish top flight has to offer in 2019-20...

  • Ander Barrenetxea Real Sociedad 2018-19

    Ander Barrenetxea | Real Sociedad

    While the likes of Martin Odegaard, Alexander Isak and Mikel Oyarzabal will capture most of the headlines when it comes to wonderkids at La Real, perhaps the most exciting youngster within their squad is Barrenetxea.

    Much like Antoine Griezmann a decade ago, the 17-year-old was promoted to the first team squad without having ever played in the club's B team last season, and scored his first goal for the club in a victory over Real Madrid late in the campaign.

  • Sergio Camello Atletico Madrid 2018-19

    Sergio Camello | Atletico Madrid

    It took 18-year-old Camello just 35 minutes of his Atletico Madrid debut to score his first goal for the club against Levante towards the back end of last season, and it is likely he will earn more opportunities this time around.

    Diego Simeone has bolstered his attacking ranks over the summer, but Camello's talent is such that he should earn more than a few chances to impress within the first-team squad.

  • Bryan Gil Sevilla 2018-19

    Bryan Gil | Sevilla

    Though yet to start a match in La Liga, winger Gil was a regular on the Sevilla bench last season, and already has a goal and an assist to his name in the Spanish top-flight.

    Still just 18, he will have to fight for further opportunities this time around with Monchi and Julen Lopetegui having overhauled the squad at the Sanchez Pizjuan over the summer.

  • Takefusa Kubo Real Madrid 2019-20

    Takefusa Kubo | Real Madrid

    Tipped for greatness when part of Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, Kubo was forced to return to his native Japan in the wake of the Blaugrana's transfer ban in 2015.

    And while the training he received back home may not have been at the same level as that in Catalunya, it did allow him more opportunities in senior football as he became one of the star names within the J-League.

    Now 18 he is back in Spain, although this time with Real Madrid after they beat Barca to his signing. While he is likely to start the campaign playing with Castilla, some impressive performances in pre-season have hinted that he is ready to play a part for Zinedine Zidane.

  • Diego Lainez Real Betis 2018-19

    Diego Lainez | Real Betis

    While Lainez is a household name in Mexico, this should be the season in which he breaks out in Europe after finding his feet during the second half of last season at Betis.

    A winning goal on debut in the Europa League offered a glimpse of the 19-year-old's potential, and he is set to form part of a formidable forward line that also includes summer signings Nabil Fekir and Borja Iglesias.

  • Lee Kang-in Valencia 2018-19

    Lee Kang-in | Valencia

    Voted the Player of the Tournament at this summer's Under-17 World Cup, big things are expected of Lee at Mestalla this season.

    The 18-year-old already has three La Liga appearances under his belt as well as two cameos from the bench in the Europa League, and is rated as the most exciting player to come out of South Korea since Son Heung-min.

  • Victor Mollejo Atletico Madrid 2018-19

    Victor Mollejo | Atletico Madrid

    Despite still being only 18, Mollejo has been on the radar of a number of Atletico Madrid fans having made his debut in pre-season ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

    A tricky winger he is set to provide Diego Simeone with yet another attacking option as the Argentine plans an assault on three pieces of silverware with his new-look side.

  • Rodrygo Real Madrid 2019-20

    Rodrygo | Real Madrid

    When you join Real Madrid for a fee of €45 million (£41m/$50m) there is plenty expected of you, and that is the weight Rodrygo carries on his shoulders headed into his first campaign in the Spanish capital.

    Blancos supporters have waited a year to see the 18-year-old Brazilian forward in action, and the hope is that he will follow in the footsteps of compatriot Vinicius Junior in making an impact on the first team within a matter of months.

  • Abel Ruiz Barcelona 2018-19

    Abel Ruiz | Barcelona

    One of the shining lights of La Masia, Ruiz has been earmarked as Luis Suarez's long-term successor at Camp Nou and may well be called upon at various stages this season to deputise for the Uruguay international.

    The 19-year-old has reportedly received a number of offers this summer, but for now he remains in Catalunya as he looks to make a name for himself at one of the world's biggest clubs.

  • Ferran Torres Valencia 2018-19

    Ferran Torres | Valencia

    Easily the most experienced player on this list in terms of La Liga appearances, Torres broke onto the scene last season, making five starts and a host of substitute appearances as Marcelino's side secured a top-four finish.

    Now 19, midfielder Torres will be keen to kick on this term and become a regular in the starting XI as the campaign wears on.