Here is the list of wonderkids of 2017 previous predicted as future stars and where they are now
Some have yet to shine and realise there potentials,others have been linked to big club names and some are just household names.
20. Ben Woodburn | Liverpool
- THEN: Made headlines as he became the youngest player to score in Liverpool history at the age of just 17 years and 45 days, taking the record off Michael Owen with his goal against Leeds.
- NOW: Scored a stunning winning goal on his Wales debut in September 2017, but Woodburn's career has since stalled somewhat. Spent time out on loan at Sheffield United, Oxford United and Blackpool and is currently back representing Liverpool's Under-23s.
19. Moise Kean | Juventus
- THEN: The first player born in the 2000s to appear in the Champions League, excitement was building around 17-year-old Kean, with the Bianconeri believing they had a world-class talent on their hands.
- NOW: After a loan spell at Verona, he returned to Juve in 2018 and began to make an impact towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign, while also becoming the youngest Italy goalscorer ever. Joined Everton in 2019 in a €27.5m (£25m/$31m) deal but struggled for the Toffees. Currently resurrecting his reputation on loan at PSG.
18. Vincent Thill | Metz
- THEN: Regarded as the best player ever to come out of Luxembourg despite being just 17, Thill became the first player born in the 2000s to debut in one of Europe's top five leagues in September 2016. Linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
- NOW: A veteran of 29 caps for his country, Thill joined Portuguese side Nacional in the summer of 2020 after loan spells with French lower league outfits Pau and Orleans.
17. Reece Oxford | West Ham
- THEN: The youngest player in West Ham history, Oxford made headlines on his Premier League debut as the 16-year-old defender shone in a 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Loaned out to Reading for the 2016-17 season despite Manchester City and Arsenal showing an interest in signing him.
- NOW: Spent further time out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach (twice) and Augsburg before joining the latter on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019.
16. Sergio Diaz | Real Madrid
- THEN: Having been likened to Sergio Aguero as he came through the ranks in his native Paraguay, Madrid won the race to sign Diaz ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United after a series of eye-catching performances during his first steps into senior football.
- NOW: Yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blancos despite recently turning 23. Currently on loan in Liga MX with Club America after previous stints with Lugo, Corinthians and boyhood club Cerro Porteno.
15. Ryan Sessegnon | Fulham
- THEN: The first player born in the 2000s to score an English league goal and the youngest to ever score in a Championship game, left-back turned winger Sessegnon was being compared to Gareth Bale by onlookers.
- NOW: After helping Fulham earn promotion to the Premier League in 2018, he joined Tottenham for £25m ($30m) a year later, but has struggled to make an impact in north London thus far. Currently impressing on loan at Hoffenheim, though.
14. Kai Havertz | Bayer Leverkusen
- THEN: The youngest Bundesliga debutant in Leverkusen history, Havertz was turning heads around Europe, with some comparing the teenage creative midfielder to Mesut Ozil.
- NOW: An established Germany international, Havertz transferred to Chelsea in the summer of 2020 for £70m ($91m) and despite making a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge, he is beginning to show what all the fuss was about.
13. Tom Davies | Everton
- THEN: Captain of the England Under-19s, midfielder Davies began to make himself a regular in the Everton first team in early 2017, with his superb goal against Manchester City an early highlight.
- NOW: The Merseyside native remains a key squad member at Goodison Park, though he has not always been a regular starter for the Toffees.
12. Josip Brekalo | Wolfsburg
- THEN: Having earned rave reviews at Dinamo Zagreb, Wolfsburg beat Inter to the signing of winger Brekalo before sending him on loan to Stuttgart in January 2017.
- NOW: Brekalo impressed during 18 months at Stuttgart before returning to Wolfsburg, where he has become a regular starter over the past two seasons. Also a full Croatia international with 19 caps to his name.
11. Dayot Upamecano | RB Leipzig
- THEN: Having been plucked from the Valenciennes academy by the Red Bull group, the centre-back spent time at Salzburg before moving to RB Leipzig, despite interest from both Barcelona and Juventus.
- NOW: Upamecano has grown into one of Bundesliga's best defenders over the past 18 months, with Bayern Munich having beaten off competition from a number of top European clubs by snapping him up for €42.5m (£37m/$51m) from the 2021-22 season on.
10. Timothy Fosu-Mensah | Manchester United
- THEN: After coming through the famed Ajax academy, versatile defender Fosu-Mensah enjoyed a run of games during the second half of the 2015-16 season under Louis van Gaal. Jose Mourinho's arrival slowed his development somewhat, but he did sign a new contract in October 2016.
- NOW: The Netherlands international spent time out on loan at Crystal Palace and Fulham before joining Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021 in a cut-price deal. Currently recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in early-March.
9. Martin Odegaard | Real Madrid
- THEN: Became the youngest player and goalscorer in the Norwegian top flight, as well as the youngest player to ever represent Norway before his 16th birthday, and Madrid beat off a host of Europe's biggest clubs to sign Odegaard in January 2015. He played predominantly for the Castilla team before being sent out on loan to Heerenveen to gain further experience.
- NOW: Returned to Eredivisie the following year with Vitesse before impressing during the first season of a two-year loan deal at Real Sociedad. Zinedine Zidane recalled him from San Sebastian a year early, but a lack of opportunities saw him join Arsenal on loan in January.
8. Felix Passlack | Borussia Dortmund
- THEN: Likened to Philipp Lahm for his versatility, Passlack broke into the Dortmund first team towards the end of the 2015-16 season and was being used regularly by coach Thomas Tuchel.
- NOW: Passlack fell out of favour at Dortmund towards the end of 2017 and spent time out on loan at Hoffenheim, Norwich City and Fortuna Sittard. Back with BVB this season and has made sporadic appearances for the Bundesliga giants.
7. Malang Sarr | Nice
- THEN: Having reportedly attracted interest from Barcelona, Arsenal and AC Milan, the centre-back had drawn comparisons with Samuel Umtiti due to his physique and ball-playing ability.
- NOW: Made over 100 appearances for Nice before joining Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2020. Currently on loan at Porto.
6. Manuel Locatelli | AC Milan
- THEN: Likened to Andrea Pirlo by some high-profile onlookers, Locatelli had shown enough to suggest he could be a mainstay of the Milan midfield for years to come.
- NOW: After slowly falling out of favour, Locatelli handed in a transfer request in 2018 before leaving for Sassuolo on loan. Made the move permanent a year later and his commanding performances in Emilia-Romagna having reportedly caught the attention of Manchester City and Juventus.
5. Alexander Isak | Borussia Dortmund
- THEN: The youngest goalscorer in Swedish national team history, Dortmund beat Real Madrid to the signing of a player who had always had to deal with comparisons to compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
- NOW: Isak struggled to make an impact in the Bundesliga, but after a productive loan spell at Willem II in early-2019, he joined Real Sociedad, where he has found his feet to become one of La Liga's most feared No.9s.
4. Alban Lafont | Toulouse
- THEN: Tipped as a future France No.1 after becoming the youngest goalkeeper in Ligue 1 history when he made his Toulouse debut as a 16-year-old.
- NOW: Currently in the second season of a two-year loan at Nantes, having lost his place as a starter at Fiorentina, whom he joined in the summer of 2018. Still to make a senior appearance for his country.
3. Christian Pulisic | Borussia Dortmund
- THEN: The youngest goalscorer in U.S. men's national team history, Pulisic was earning rave reviews having broken into the Dortmund first team at the start of 2016.
- NOW: The undisputed face of the USMNT, Pulisic slipped a little down the pecking order at BVB ahead of completing a £58m ($73m) move to Chelsea in 2019. Has endured an up-and-down time in the Premier League, with injuries having limited his game time in west London.
2. Kylian Mbappe | Monaco
- THEN: The youngest player in Monaco history (breaking a record previously held by Thierry Henry), Mbappe was becoming a household name in the early months of 2017 after some scintillating performances in the Champions League while having also become the youngest scorer of a Ligue 1 hat-trick .
- NOW: After helping Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League semi-finals in 2017, Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan deal before becoming the second-most expensive player of all time when signing for the French giants for €180m (£166m/$214m). Already among the top 10 goalscorers in PSG history and a scorer in France's World Cup final victory over Croatia in 2018, he now seems set to challenge for the Ballon d'Or on a yearly basis.
1. Gianluigi Donnarumma | AC Milan
- THEN: A true revelation, Donnarumma broke into the AC Milan line-up as a 16-year-old and showed enough quality in his first 18 months in the senior side to mark himself out as the rightful heir to Gianluigi Buffon's starting spot in the Italy team.
- NOW: Despite persistent reports linking him with a move away from San Siro, Donnarumma remains one of the Rossoneri's most consistent performers having racked up over 200 Serie A appearances for the club. As expected, he's now the undisputed No.1 at international level for Roberto Mancini's Azzurr
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