The 100 nominated for the trophy rewarding the best European player under 21 are known. If the 20 finalists will be revealed on October 15, only one can receive the trophy and succeed the nugget of Barça Pedri. Here are the favorites for the 2022 edition.
Despite the presence of 14 young players from Ligue 1, none of them really seem to be able to claim the final victory for the Golden Boy 2022 trophy. There is still a Habs who can hope to get it …even if the competition looks tough. A few names stand out.
Jude Bellingham (18)
With 32 games played out of a possible 34 in the Bundesliga, Jude Bellingham is an essential cog in the midfield of Borussia Dortmund. His season is a success since he is present in the standard team of the season in “Buli” alongside Joshua Kimmich in particular. Involved in 20 goals in all competitions this season (six goals, 14 assists), the young English international (15 caps) is a versatile midfielder with above-average technique and a large physical volume allowing him to cover a good part of the land.
At his age, he already has the makings of a future great player. His future seems to lie with a very big European club even though he announced last May that he was staying one more year in the Ruhr. Liverpool and Real Madrid are watching him closely.
Ryan Gravenberch (20)
Less known than Jude Bellingham, Ryan Gravenberch is another equally promising versatile midfielder. The young Dutchman shone in the Eredivisie this season in the middle of Ajax Amsterdam during these 42 appearances in all competitions. Passed by all the categories of young people of his training club, Gravenberch has a very technical profile despite his large size (1.90m). Since the start of this summer transfer window, Bayern Munich has secured the services of the Batavian international for 18.5 million euros (excluding bonuses). If the observers could have some doubts about the young Dutchman, here they are partly reassured. When the Bavarian club bets on a young player, it is rarely wrong…
Jamal Musiala (19 years old)
Three Meisterschale, a Champions League, a European Super Cup, a Club World Cup and a German Cup: Jamal Musiala’s record is already well stocked for a 19-year-old player. Author of a very good season with the Bavarian club, the German international is taking more and more space in the system of Julian Nagelsmann. Sometimes midfielder alongside Joshua Kimmich, sometimes attacking midfielder with Thomas Müller, he can also play as a second striker or on one side. His extreme adaptability is a considerable asset for his coaches in club, as in selection. With eight goals and six assists in 40 games (50 minutes on average/game) this season, Jamal Musiala has a bright future ahead of him and represents the future of Bavaria.
Karim Adeyemi (20 years old)
23 goals and 9 assists in 44 games, Karim Adeyemi has made an impression this season. If he shone in the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg (1 goal every 100 min), he was especially noticed in the Champions League. The neo-German international had been the executioner of Lille in the first leg by causing a penalty and scoring two goals. In total, he had scored three goals and provided two assists during the group stage. After Gravenberch, it’s his turn to join the Bundesliga for next season. Direction Borussia Dortmund for Karim Adeyemi who will have the difficult task of compensating for the departure of the Golden Boy 2020, Erling Halaand. Change of profile for BVB coach Edin Terzić who will have to go from the strength of the Norwegian to the vivacity of the little German will-o’-the-wisp.
Eduardo Camavinga (19 years old)
Arrived last summer at Real Madrid from Rennes, Eduardo Camavinga aimed to learn alongside Modric, Casemiro and Kroos and to gain playing time. Often replacing, sometimes starting, the ex-Rennes s is very often distinguished when he played with comebacks full of insurance, technical ease and above all personality. On the strength of his performances, the midfielder can claim a place in Didier Deschamps’ list for the next World Cup in Qatar in December. With the arrival of Aurélien Tchouameni in the White House, the Madrid midfielder will look 3made in Ligue 13 in the years to come. This season, Eduardo Camavinga has been an active part of Madrid’s great performances during the European campaign which they ended up winning in Paris at the end of May. A weighty asset to tip the scales in his favor for the Golden Boy 2022 trophy?
Can also dream of it:
Gavi (Barcelona), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Anthony Elanga (Manchester United), Adam Holzek (Bayer Leverkusen), Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen)
Winning the Golden Boy is not automatically synonymous with a great career, but the majority of winners since its creation in 2003 have been, or still are today, big names in the world of football such as Wayne Rooney (2004), Lionel Messi ( 2005), Sergio Aguero (2007), Paul Pogba (2013), Raheem Sterling (2014) or Kylian Mbappé (2017).
If Eduardo Camavinga wins it, he could put France first in the list by nation with four trophies ahead of Spain (3) and England (2).