TEENAGE KICKS

by Kyle Williams | Nov 27, 2023 | General | 0 comments

(Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho)
In recent weeks it has been showcased that in football, first-teamers are getting younger and younger. They aren’t just in the team to train and develop in a short time manner, but they are playing huge roles for their teams and making rounds within the sporting world.

1. Alejandro Garnacho (D.O.B – July 01, 2004)

Alejandro Garnacho is a 19-year-old Argentine winger who came up through the Atletico Madrid system before joining Manchester United in September 2020. Garnacho’s swagger, composure, and skill of a young Cristiano Ronaldo whom Garnacho idolizes.

Garnacho broke through in the Manchester United first team during the 2022/23 season scoring winners against Fulham and West Ham, ending the season with 5 goals and 5 assists in his breakthrough season. Currently, he’s out here scoring beauties including the first photo, with an overhead kick against Everton. He has also made three appearances for his country and made over 50 appearances for his club.

(Garnacho during Man United’s game at Arsenal)

2. Lamine Yamal (D.O.B – July 13, 2007)

(Barcelona forward Lamine Yamal)
Spanish winger Lamine Yamal is the latest talent produced from “La Masia”, the Barcelona academy who is already an international at ONLY 16 years old. Yamal made his debut in April of this year against Real Betis. At the time, he was 15 years, 9 months and 16 days old.

Lamine has consistently been in the first team and even the starting XI when it comes to a matchday for Barcelona, and it’s trending the same for country. He has gone on to score for Barcelona and the Spain national team, and there is still more to come.

3. Lewis Miley (D.O.B – May 01, 2006)

(Newcastle United midfielder Lewis Miley)
The Gateshead-born Miley has only just broken into the first team at Newcastle this season, albeit due to an injury crisis. So far this season he has made his UEFA Champions League and Premier League debut. Standing at 6ft. 6”, Lewis Miley is a giant of a player at only SEVENTEEN.

During his Premier League debut against former champions Chelsea FC, he registered an assist for teammate Alexander Isak and had an all-round good game. It is still early in his career, but with recent performances, it may be difficult for senior members to displace the talented Englishman.

4. Kobbie Mainoo (April 19, 2005)

(Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo)
The “Stockport Iniesta” as some fans dub him, Kobbie Mainoo has only just made his full Premier League debut in the game against Everton, where he was one of the best performers. The midfielder had an outstanding game, starting moves off in the opponent’s third of the pitch, making intelligent passes through the lines, and even a goal-line clearance.

The 18-year-old Englishman, who could represent Ghana, is due to have his breakout season this season after recovering from an ankle injury that put him out for the first two and a half months of the season.

5. Francesco Camarda (D.O.B – March 10, 2008)

(Italian striker Francesco Camarda)
Francesco Camarda, the Italian striker standing 6ft. 3” has just become the youngest ever Serie A debutante at 15 YEARS OLD. There is a massive expectation for the Italian stallion who scored 485 goals in 89 games at youth level; around 5.5 goals per game. Look out Erling Haaland, Francesco is coming.

6. Da’vian Kimbrough (D.O.B – February 18, 2010)

(Sacramento FC forward Da’vian Kimbrough)
The youngest on the list is the Mexican forward Da’vian Kimbrough has made world news becoming the youngest ever professional athlete at only 13 years old. Playing in the United Soccer League Championship, he made his debut on October 1, 2023, at age 13 years, seven months, and 13 days.

As a Mexican, there are comparisons to Raul Jimenez, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and even Santi Gimenez, and hopefully, Kimbrough can live up to those standards. At 11, he scored 27 goals in 31 games in 2021, his first year in the club’s academy. As a U-14 player, Da’vian scored 61 goals in 81 games in two seasons when the club took a chance with him in the first team, and hopefully, it does pay off.

Yes, these players are young so people will think they have 15/20 years ahead of them, but the proper care for their body is needed. A big reason why Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Thiago Silva, and the recently retired Zlatan Ibrahimovic played for over two decades is that they treat their bodies well, had no parties, and have a reserved style of living.

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