Rich and poor clubs round Europe dug deep inside their coffers to bring in fresh faces offer their fans a fair share of excitement and to bolster their squad.
As young players intention to breakthrough the positions and cement their place what adds to the flavour within this seasons UEFA Champions League is the expectation of blood bettering the old guard.
Featuring in the national leagues in years is that the minimum– European stage being the zenith.
Like Matthijs de Ligt directed Ajax to the semi-finals of last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold sent his team to the closing of Champions League last year, Harry Winks and Frenkie de Jong shouldered responsibility for their respective teams, this year also holds promise of changing boys to men.
Busting the myth that defenders can break due to lack of experience, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matthijs de Ligt paved the way for its new crop of these manning the backline.
Ajax is 1 team that has never shied away from providing teens chances. However, the manner Lisandro Martínez has made Amsterdam his home, arriving from Buenos Aires, Erik ten Hag is filled with optimism. The 21-year-old centre-back looks comfortable stepping into the boots of p Ligt. He has been attempted in a midfield role.
Another debutant in exactly the same team this season is 18-year-old Sergino Dest, who has put right-back Noussair Mazraoui’s standing in the first team in danger with his lead and incisive movement down the flank.
Without a Filipe Luis, Atletico Madrid brought in the 21-year-old Brazilian Renan Lodi to deputise at left-back. He has already registered an assist against Eibar and is one to keep an eye on.
The name, Mason Mount, is on everybody’s lips today, as the 20-year-old English global consolidated his place in an attacking midfield role under Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea. Mount has continued his form from last season whilst also has netted three times in the Premier League this year.
Going up against him on the launching day of the Group H encounter is Valencia’s 18-year-old Lee Kang-in. The Korean playmaker would seem to threaten the Blues’ leaky defense. Lee won the Golden Ball with two goals and four assists for his national team, who finished runners-up, from the newly concluded FIFA U20 World Cup.
Dinamo Zagreb’s Spanish starlet Dani Olmo is another prospect who will hope to build on his positive launch into the season (four goals and four assists from six matches to the season).
Olympique Lyonnais’ new registering Jeff Reine-Adelaide, on the other hand, might have his breakthrough season filling in Tanguy Ndombele’s boots in the heart of midfield.
FC Salzburg’s 19-year-old man mountain, Erling Braut Håland will expect to shake things up against the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Kalidou Koulibaly this season, after winning the Golden Boot in the FIFA U20 World Cup. Since he began making waves he’s carried on with all the rich vein of form, bagging 17 goals and hitting on a debut Champions League hattrick on Tuesday and 5 assists in nine games this season.
In Håland’s precise opposite picture — is Barcelona’s youngest-ever goalscorer, 16-year-old Anssumane Fati, who is hoping to make the most of his chance in Europe in the absences of both Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele. The La Masia product has registered two goals and an assist in three matches, owing from the left flank to his movement and swift operation.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich would look to 18-year-old Alphonso Davies this year to plug the emptiness left by the departures of Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben.