As the UEFA Europa League 2020-21 tournament came to a close, with Villarreal being crowned the champions, there has been a lot of young blood who have risen through the ranks to show exceptional performances in the competition.
Here are the top five best young players of the UEFA Europa League:
1) Florian Wirtz
Florian Wirtz, who is one of the youngest players on the list, made his debut at the age of 17 and has since then become one of the most intergal part of the tournamnet. Playing the role of a midfield attacker on the ground he scored two goals for Leverkusen in UEFA Europa League group stage.
2) Emile Smith Rowe
Emile Smith Rowe has been on the fringes of the Arsenal first-team since 2018 but has really made the step up this season, both domestically and in the UEFA Europa League.
Being around Arsenal for almost three years, Emile Smith Rowe made his way into the big leagues for the team. Gunners seem to have picked up the 20-year-old as a regular in the squad. Players like Florian Balogun and Eddie Nketiah have also been those in the running.
3) Nicolo Zaniolo
The 21-year-old player in Italy’s Roma plays as a midfielder. Often described as one of the most ambitious youngsters in the Europa League, Zaniolo said that he will help Roma glide to victory in the Europa League.
The 2001 born English footballer is currently associated with Manchester United and excels in the right-winger position. The 21-year-old has made eight appearances in Europa League’s latest edition and has scored just one goal. However, the red devil fans continue to put him on a high pedestal while having high expectations. He also started in the finale for Manchester United.
5) Daniel Maldini
Daniel Maldini is one of the few players in the sport who justify the meaning of something “running in the family”. The 19-year-old comes from a family of football legends who have all played for Italy’s AC Milan, also known as Rossoneri. Following the legacy, the youngest of the Maldini’s played four times in the UEFA Europa League across qualifying rounds and the group stage.