At a time when most European leagues are about to end, we present five young players who stood out in those which are considered the five most competitive championships, namely, Barclays Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), Liga BBVA (Spain), Ligue 1 (France) and Serie A (Italy).
MARIO GOTZE – Bundesliga
Mario Gotze made ​​an impressive season and has already been “rewarded” with a transfer to Bayern Munchen for about 37 million Euros. The player stands out for its passing, crossing, dribbling and vision ability. Gotze also presented an interesting goalscoring sheet being responsible for 12.5% of Borussia Dortmund‘s goals in 12/13 Bundesliga being also important on defensive moments (2.8 interceptions and tackles per game).
[table id=209 /]
[table id=210 /]
Although AS Roma has made ​​a modest championship, Erik Lamela has confirmed his potential. The youngster has shown a remarkable ability to dribble and shot scoring 21.7% of the goals of his team.
[table id=211 /]
[table id=212 /]
The youngster from Ivory Coast, who plays for Toulouse, has proved to have great potential in tackles, interceptions and aerial duels but still needs to improve on the offensive moments.
[table id=213 /]
[table id=214 /]
MATIJA NASTASIC – Barclays Premier League
The Serbian central defender who moved from Fiorentina to Manchester City has confirmed his potential and received several praises despite the less successful campaign of his team this year. Matija Nastasic has shown a great ability especially in aerial duels, although this was not confirmed offensively, good passing ability, strong in tackling and fewer fouls per game.
[table id=215 /]
[table id=216 /]
The midfielder from  Atlético Madrid‘s “cantera” has been highlighted for his ability to pass and cross (has also played as a winger) and his defensive contribution. Moreover, he has been also responsible for a significant part of his team’s passing (9% of his team’s total passes).
[table id=217 /]
[table id=218 /]
Notes: (1) Were only considered players with 21 or fewer years of age playing in the German, Spanish, French, English and Italian leagues; (2) The data presented in this article refers to the competitions mentioned above; (3) Data collected on May 18, 2013.
Follow us on Facebook!

The Spanish striker, Michu, has been in a remarkable form playing for Swansea City in Barclays Premier League 12/13 and helped the club win its first Football League Cup.
The 27-year-old played for four Spanish clubs as a professional before arriving at his current team. Between 2004/2005 and 2006/2007 he played at Real Oviedo being transferred to Celta Vigo on the following season and, in 2011/2012, for Rayo Vallecano. It was in this club from Madrid, where Michu began to awaken greater interest in his performances being transferred to Swansea City in exchange for approximately 2.4 million Euros.
Taking into account his performances in the current season, at a very competitive league, many clubs will desire to bring him to their squads in the next transfer market period.
Player Profile – MICHU
[table id=197 /]
Main Statistics and Conclusions (Barclays Premier League 12/13)
[table id=198 /]
– Very important percentage of team goals (38%);
– 0,5 goals per game, very positive number taking into account the high level of competitiveness of Barclays Premier League;
– Significant shots effectiveness (17%);
– Only needs to touch a few times in the ball to score (low percentage of team’s total passes – 6%);
– Strong in aerial duels (49% won, 3,4 per game).
Note: Data collected on May 12, 2013.
Follow us on Facebook!