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The top five young players are:Mikkel Diskerud, 18, Bayern Munich – Bayern Munich have been the main beneficiaries of the youth internationals’ surge.
The Bundesliga champions scored six goals and created 12 chances in the Europa League group stages.
Sacha Kljestan, 18 – Bayern were runners-up in the Bundesliga but lost to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-finals.
The defender is one of the most prolific goal-scorers in Europe, with nine goals in 13 appearances.
Arjen Robben, 19, Bayern – Robben scored a hat-trick against the champions Borussia Mönchengladbach in the quarter-finals of the Champions league and is also one of Europe’s top scorers.
He has seven goals in seven league games this season, including two against Borussia Monchenglads.
Andre Schurrle, 18 and Borussia München – Bayern won the German Supercup with Schurrl’s late winner against Borussen on Saturday.
The Bayern Munich forward has scored 11 goals in 11 Bundesliga games this campaign, including a hat trick against Borasov in the first leg of the quarter final.
Javi Martinez, 18/19, Liverpool – The Reds were runners up in the league last season and have scored eight goals in their opening two games.
Martinez has netted nine times this season for Liverpool, scoring five goals.
Mario Balotelli, 19/20, Juventus – The centre-forward is one goal away from setting the all-time Serie A record for most assists in a season, eclipsing the previous mark of nine.
Balotelli has scored four goals in his last three games for Juventus.
Marouane Fellaini, 18 (left) and Manchester United – Fellainie has started all of United’s league matches this season.
He has netted eight goals, and has helped the club win the Premier League title.
James Rodríguez, 20 (right) and FC Barcelona – The former Barcelona striker has scored nine goals for Barcelona this season and scored two in two appearances for Liverpool.
Rodriguez has scored five goals in five games this term, including one against Borrasov.
Javier Mascherano, 18-21, Real Madrid – The Spaniard has scored eight league goals in nine appearances this season – one more than any other player.
Mascherano is also on course to break the club record for goals scored in a single season.
He scored eight in his first five league games, and scored five in the last four.
Kieran Trippier, 18.
Barcelona – Barcelona have won La Liga for the first time in eight years.
Trippier has scored seven goals and made three assists in his debut season in La Liga.
He’s also one goal shy of breaking the club’s record for the most assists, set by Javi García.
Nathan Ake, 18 Barcelona – Ake scored his first goal for Barcelona, a brace in the 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Segunda Division last week.
His goal was the first of the season.
David Luiz, 18 Chelsea – Luiz scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.
Luiz scored twice in the second half, his first of two goals in three Premier League games.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he expected Luiz to be a big star in the future.
“I think we will have him in the team for the next 10 years,” Conte told the BBC.
“He has quality and the ability to score goals.”
But he’s not the first one in the squad.
“There are others.”