Football’s Lesser Known Gems

With the 2021/2022 Season drawing closer, various club sides will be exploring the transfer market to bolster their sides ahead of the new season. With so much money in football nowadays, a lot of club sides have extensive scouting networks around the world scouting for new talent to improve their teams.

In November 1996, Ali Dia a Senegalese footballer successfully conned Graeme Souness then Southampton Manager into offering him a contract by simply saying he was a cousin to George Weah then World Player of the year also Zivko Lukic a Serbian dentist, who deceptively got signed by PSG in the 70s. Such scenarios don’t get to happen a lot in football anymore with the extensive scouting networks put in place nowadays. Certain transfer dealings end up a success or just pure failures, so clubs are quite careful when signing players outside Europe’s top divisions.


In this piece, I would be listing certain young players who are on their way to the top and I believe are good enough for moves to top European sides. These players aren’t guaranteed to be top players in the future but they have shown considerable promise and the right talent to go far.


Nuno Mendes

Anayo Emmanuel Iwuala

Player Name Club SidePositionNationality
Vandervoordt MaartenKRC GenkGKBelgium
Petrovic DjordjeFK CukarickiGKSerbia
Gabriel BrazaoReal OviedoGKBrazil
Svilar MileBenfica CFGKBelgium
Stergiou LeonidasSt. GallenCBSwitzerland
KaikySantosCBBrazil
Luke FleursSupersport UtdCBSouth Africa
Machuca EliasRacing ClubCBArgentina
Nuno MendesSporting LisbonLBPortugal
Noah Katterbach1. FC KolnLBGermany
Alex CentellesUD AlmeriaLBSpain
Lucas CalegariFluminenseRBBrazil
Luis FlorentinoBenfica CFDMPortugal
Felix AguSV WerderRBGermany
Gustavo AssuncaoFamalicaoDMBrazil
Tijani SamsonFC RB SalzburgDMNigeria
Victor BobsinGremioDMBrazil
Diomande MohammedFC NordsjaellandAMIvory Coast
Jean N’GuessanRC AbidjanCMIvory Coast
Talles MagnoVasco DGWingerBrazil
Noah OkaforFC RB SalzburgWingerSwitzerland
Noni MaduekePSVWingerEngland
Anayo Emmanuel IwualaEnyimba FCWingerNigeria
Velebhayi AsaneleCape Town SpursAMSouth Africa
LazaroFlamengoStrikerBrazil
Macias Jose JuanChivasStrikerMexico
Adeyemi KarimFC RB SalzburgStrikerGermany
Hlongwane BongokuhleMaritzburg UtdStrikerSouth Africa
Ubani WisdomGiant BrillarsStrikerNigeria

Lucas Calegari

Ubani Wisdom

Luke Fleurs

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