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World Cup: Young Player Award odds

The World Cup in Qatar is sure to see the emergence of a number of talented youngsters and we take a look at some of the candidates to win the Young Player Award.

And there is a wealth of talent to choose from, with most of the major nations having at least one exciting youngster who is expected to make the breakthrough in Qatar.

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Jude Bellingham (England)


The most expensive 17-year-old in history when he left Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund for £25million and now, aged 19, Jude Bellingham has the world at his feet.

Bellingham has become one of the first names on the team sheet at Dortmund and the fact that he's the Bundesliga's most-fouled player tells you all you need to know about how highly opponents regard him.

Was England's third youngest international when he made his debut two years ago and has now barged his way into Gareth Southgate's midfield due to injury to Kalvin Phillips.

Pedri (Spain)


Pedro Gonzalez Lopez, or Pedri as he is better known, is arguably the brightest of all the young starlets given a chance to shine by Barcelona this season.

The Canary Islander turns 20 two days after Spain's Group E opener against Costa Rica and is already a seasoned international having appeared in all but one minute of his country's run to the Euro 2020 semis.

Crowned Best Young Player at the Euros and Golden Boy (Europe's top youngster) this time last year, can the roaming midfielder complete the treble with young player glory in Qatar?

Jamal Musiala (Germany)


Nineteen-year-old winger Jamal Musiala was taken from under England's noses and is now a mainstay of a sparkling Bayern Munich side with 12 goals and ten assists this season.

Die Mannschaft are short of maverick stars which is why fans across Germany have so much faith in this hugely gifted teenager, a player who can make the extraordinary seem ordinary.

Musiala spent his schooldays at the Chelsea academy and was winning England Under-21 caps only two years ago. By then, however, he was already on Bayern's books and having swapped the Premier League for the Bundesliga, also opted for Germany over England.

Bukayo Saka (England)


Bukayo Saka has been in and around the Arsenal first team for so long it's easy to forget he's still only 21.

The first player born in the 21st century to play in the Premier League, Saka is one of the big reasons why the Gunners are mounting an unlikely title challenge.

At international level he won his first England cap just a month after making his first Under-21 appearance and can seamlessly operate on either flank.

Will be hoping to hit the heights in Qatar 18 months after suffering the ultimate low of missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final.

Gavi (Spain)


Pablo Martin Paez Gavira "Gavi" is Spain's youngest ever senior international and youngest-ever goalscorer, and a teenage talent who is already being compared to his club manager at Barcelona and all-time great, Xavi.

The 18-year-old only made his La Liga debut for Barca 15 months ago but has made such strides that this season he has appeared in every league game.

He and club team-mate and big friend Pedri are the two roaming midfielders in Spain's middle three who make Luis Enrique's side tick.

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Enzo Fernandez (Argentina)


A late arrival on to the shortlist has been Enzo Fernandez, the young Argentinian who didn't make his first appearance for his country until September.

The 21-year-old arrived in the Middle East with just two caps to his name, both as substitute, yet is already being tipped as the man to replace Gio Lo Celso in the engine room behind the magical Lionel Messi.

It's an astonishing rise for a player who shone at River Plate - winning the Copa Sudamericana - before heading for Benfica in June, where they handed him the No.13 shirt made famous on the shoulders of their greatest ever player, Eusebio.

Eduardo Camavinga (France)


Could the rags-to-riches story of Eduardo Camavinga end in World Cup glory and the honour of being the tournament's best young player?

Born in abject poverty in a refugee camp in Angola, 20 years later he plays for the biggest club side in the world, Real Madrid.

Midfielder Camavinga was only 17 when he made his senior debut for France, becoming Les Bleus' youngest international for over a century.

Gio Reyna (United States)


The son of former Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester City star Claudio Reyna, young Gio was tipped for the top from a very early age.

Born in Sunderland, he was courted by England, but his dad played for the United States, and he himself was at New York City when he was first drafted into the US youth set-up.

He was17 when he joined up with Dortmund and now, aged 20, he's a Bundesliga and USMNT regular, but also a player plagued by injuries who would love to have a fully-fit few weeks to be able to showcase his undoubted talent.

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