It is the stuff of management needs – a easy cheque to manufacture the most appealing young initiating XI in world football.
However that is strictly what novel BBC Sounds podcast Wunderkids is offering, in myth fetch a minimum of, over its 11 episodes. The first three episodes are accessible to listen to now.
The Wunderkids team, alongside side BBC Sport, own attain up with 11 avid gamers – and presenter Steve Crossman will be joined by specialists to talk in regards to the most novel inclusion, with one novel player published a week.
- Hear to the third episode of Wunderkids
To this level, novel Manchester Metropolis forward Julian Alvarez and Bayer Leverkusen winger Florian Wirtz own made the nick – and now Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch joins them.
At trusty 19, Gravenberch has already played 93 situations for Ajax and 10 for the senior Netherlands team, at the side of twice at Euro 2020.
He is a deep-lying central midfielder with a large engine who chips in with the odd purpose too, changing into the youngest player since 1981 to fetch in a Dutch Cup closing final season.
In 2018, outmoded 16 years and 130 days, he modified into the youngest player to feature for Ajax in the Eredivisie – beating a account quandary by the legendary Clarence Seedorf in 1992.
The brother of ex-Reading striker Danzell Gravenberch, Ryan has been in comparison with compatriots Frank Rijkaard and Frenkie de Jong – and known as a “better model of Paul Pogba”.
Manchester United and Liverpool are among the many European giants linked with a circulate to are trying and entice him from Ajax.
What does the educated yell?
De Telegraaf journalist Marcel van der Kraan
“In the occasion you glimpse at his father, he’s 6ft 5in, an enormous of a man. Indubitably that is the assign aside the tip got right here from. Ryan has an athlete’s physique.
“That is per chance why he stood out so early and why Ajax picked him, alongside with his enormous skills and device, and brought him to the academy. They are able to merely without effort put him three or four years above his comprise age. That is when of us began to search out out this diminutive one used to be handiest 12. They belief he goes to be a world beater.
“This occurs to practically every diminutive one who is gigantic and of Surinam background. He gets that tag – ‘right here’s the novel Frank Rijkaard’. Each person thinks he’s the suitable player to own a examine in the footsteps of Rijkaard, but that is a huge expectation, it be practically too immense for him. No one might possibly be the next Rijkaard.
“He is an efficient trying diminutive one. When he used to be 16 and made his debut I might possibly now not mediate my eyes. To this level he’s handling all of it truly successfully.
“That evening in the Champions League against Liverpool on the Amsterdam Arena [in the first game of last season’s group stages] he used to be given a local in the initiating line-up. He handled it as if it used to be a conventional boom and as if the Champions League used to be his playground.
“Ajax supervisor Erik ten Hag loves avid gamers like Gravenberch, a player who can invent that team tick.
“I might well well yell it be 60% that he’ll dash [this summer], 40% he’ll set up. I own he’d be a Barcelona player and if Xavi needs to play the tiki-taka vogue he’d be preferrred for that.”
What does the fan yell?
Juan Kaluf from We Focus on Ajax:
“What makes him so particular is his bodily presence. He has played quite loads of suits, he is conscious of methods to pressure the ball forward and play in tight spaces and he’s terribly agile brooding about how immense he’s.
“It makes us very proud to perceive him attain thru the academy, it be qualified. He reminds us of Frenkie de Jong due to kind of play, his feature in the team, but they’re now not precisely the identical. He sits deep and drives the ball forward.”