The team that brought a lot of joy with their passing football, the Spanish national team might have been poor in recent tournaments, but their winning of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa will remain in memory for long and their youth teams are the building blocks for the future.
We all know that the Spanish clubs have a great youth setup, La Masia comes to mind or the fact that Athletic Bilbao only sign Basque players, Spain like Germany is a hotbed for talent and we look at five players from the Spanish U21 team that are surely going to get bigger and better as the years go by.
Already one of the best players in his position in the Premier League, the right-back started his career, like many top players in Spain do, at Barcelona. He joined Arsenal in 2011 and has never looked back. His pace and attacking ability make him one of the best players in the Arsenal side and he should become one of the best in the world pretty soon if he keeps playing like this.
Munir El Haddadi
This one is a switch, Munir was actually a youth product of Atletico Madrid, but his progress saw him sign with Barcelona and the attacker even made a number of first team appearances last season when Luis Suarez was banned. The attacker has seven appearances for the U21 team and has already scored five goals in them. It is only a matter of time before he becomes a permanent starter for the Barcelona team.
The former Barcelona star actually made his name at Everton a few seasons ago and then was loaned out by his parent club, Barcelona to Sevilla. Deulofeu didn’t make a great impact there and now signed a permanent deal at the Merseyside club in hopes of finding his form. The 21-year-old is one of the brightest players in the Everton line-up and is the captain of the Spanish U21 team as well.
The namesake of another Atletico Madrid legend, Oliver Torres doesn’t play in the same position as Fernando Torres, but his performances for the other club from Madrid have brought a lot of limelight to the young midfielder. He has played 13 times for the Spanish U21 team and has scored two goals; he was also nominated for the 2014 Golden Boy award.
Most followers of La Liga would know the youngster only as ‘Saul’, the other Atletico Madrid star in this list plays as a central or defensive midfielder for the red and whites. He is expected to become one of the best players in the league and made 30 appearances for the first team last season.