U17 World Cup: 10 players to watch out for

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017
Arup Soans
As the Blockbuster event fast approaches Goal gives you a list of the players we believe you should watch out for in this edition of the U17 World Cup

India is gearing up for the biggest footballing event it has ever staged - the FIFA U17 World Cup.  It will be the first time ever that a team representing India will participate in the finals of a FIFA-organised world tournament, let alone the Under-17 World Cup. The stage is set for the superstars of tomorrow to make a name for themselves. Here we take a look at 10 players who can light up the tournament:

1. Josh Sargent (USA) - The 17-year-old Sargent had caught the eye of scouts from around the globe when he became the country's youngest player to score at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. He recently signed a contract with German club Werder Bremen. The boy from Missouri is undoubtedly Team USA's danger-man. 

Josh Sargent USA U-20s


2. Abel Ruiz (Spain): Barcelona's youth team player Abel Ruiz is the key man for Spain. Over the years, Ruiz has cemented his place up front in the Barcelona youth team and was courted by some top Premier League clubs such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. The 17-year-old even racked up a record 16 goals in the recently concluded EURO U-17 competition (including goals scored in qualification rounds).

Abel Ruiz Spain 2017


3. Lincoln Corrêa dos Santos (Brazil): The 16-year-old youth product from Flamengo is the man leading the Brazilians from the front. A versatile player, Lincoln can play on both wings of the pitch but he prefers playing as a centre forward. He is currently plying his trade with the Flamengo U-20s. Lincoln helped Brazil U-17 win the South American Under-17 Championship where scoring five goals in eight matches. 



4. Eric Ayiah (Ghana): Aiyah is the man to look out for from the Ghana camp. The striker peculiarly wears the no. 6 jas a tribute to Ghana's Independence Day (6 March) which coincidentally is also his birthday. Ayiah who is also the captain of the Ghana side who scored four goals in the first two games of the 2017 AFCON U-17.

Ghana U17 captain Eric Ayiah


5. Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany): The best performer in the German side during the U-17 Euro Championship in Croatia, Arp is theman to watch out for Germany. The Hamburger SV cadet came to limelight this year after he scored two hat-tricks for his national side in four matches during the competition. A regular starter for Hamburg in the youth league he has scored a remarkable 36 goals in 44 matches for the club's U-17 side. 

Germany U-17


6. Amine Gouiri (France): A technically gifted striker, the Olympique Lyonnais player will be looking to hurt opposition defences with his incredible pace and finishing. The Frenchman was instrumental in the squad's qualification campaign, top scoring with 8 goals in the UEFA Euro Under 17 championship.

Amine Gouiri Euro U17 France


7. Aniket Jadhav (India): The leading light for India, Jadhav broke into the footballing scene as a 14-year-old and went on to represent India in the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup in 2014. Jadhav has pace to burn and can give any defender a run for his money. Against Mexico in a friendly tournament, Jadhav left three defenders for dead in the 87th minute with a darting run before seeing his shot cannon back off the post, indicating his fitness levels and pace. 

Aniket Jadhav FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India U17 training


8. Berke Özer (Turkey): Heavily linked with Manchester City during the summer, Berke Özer is a towering goalkeeper. But despite being 1.9m tall already, has brilliant reflexes and will be a huge asset to the Turkish team in India. 

Berke Ozer; Turkey U17


9. Diego Lainez (Mexico): Regarded as the next big player emerging out of Mexico, Lainez has already established himself as an exciting prospect back in his home nation. The Club America striker became one of the club's youngest players to debut for the first team at just 16-years-old. He might not have been part of most Mexico U-17 camps in the last few months but has been drafted into the squad and is definitely one of the brightest talents the Mexican camp has to offer. 

Diego Lainez 1

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10. Jadon Sancho (England): The 17-year-old Sancho who was a Manchester City player recently joined German side Borussia Dortmund for a fee reported to be in the region of £8m and was immediately included in the first team squad, taking the number 7 recently vacated by departing star Ousmanne Dembele. A technically gifted forward Sancho was part of the England Under-17 side that reached the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, Sancho was named player of the tournament for his performances.

Jadon Sancho