Ones to watch in 2012

Here is a short list of names you should remember

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Everybody heard about Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Eden Hazard, Neymar,   Xherdan Shaqiri, Ryo Miyaichi, Yann M’Vila and even Ravel Morrison is a well known name for Manchester United fans. However, there are more young players ready to make their mark this year. Here is a short list of names you should remember.

Iker Muniain

 The Athletic Bilbao 18 year old midfielder is quite known in Spain and is considered a very important individual in the Spanish national team set-up. Marcelo Bielsa, the new Bilbao manager, loves him for his never-say-die attitude but this guy could be Spain’s Messi.

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Jano Ananidze

 The Spartak Moscow star is 19 and although he is not the biggest guy on the field, he’s an explosive player armed with polished technical ability and a fine shot. He is “The Georgian Luka Modric“.

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Samed Yesil

The Bayer Leverkusen player was a star at the U-17 World Cup and there is a lot more coming from the 17 year old. He is smart, competitive, combative and has a diverse arsenal of shots and tricks. Can play on the wings, as a striker or as a 9 and a half.

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Georginio Wijnaldum

The 20 year old midfielder said he needed to leave Feyenoord which he said had “a small club mentality” to PSV in order to really shine. Wijnaldum is the closest thing the Dutch have to Edgar Davids right now.

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 Ioannis Fetfatzidis

Greece might be bankrupt but they still have some national treasures. The Olympiakos winger might be injured right now but he is a game changer. A small, tricky winger, he is a technical schemer on the right. Loves to take on defenders.

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Antoine Griezmann

The 20 year old Real Sociedad’s winger has great ball control and a dangerous shooting ability from every corner of the field. A smaller version of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Derk Boerrigter

This guy is a late bloomer. He’s 25 but he amazing runs for Ajax this season should make the biggest clubs give more attention to the winger. Reminds me of Marc Overmars.

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  1. [...] Edgar Davids, for instance, joined FC Barcelona on loan in January 2004 from Juventus. Joining midway through a season where the club was struggling in midtable and recently appointed manager Frank Rijkaard was under considerable pressure, Davids led Barça’s successful resurgence of form which saw them finishing second to Valencia in the league. [...]

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