IBWM Staff14 Comments

#IBWM100 FOR 2018

IBWM Staff14 Comments
#IBWM100 FOR 2018

As always, we’ve stuck with the format that served Don Balon so successfully for decades; 100 names and details of where each player is from.  We’ll revisit the list next December to assess how 2018 has panned out for each of the players concerned.

The process we use for selection remains exactly the same: We identify players born on or after 1/1/1996 and talk to scouts, coaches, players, journalists, fans and bloggers from around the world to get a clear a picture of exactly who we should be watching and why. This information forms our long list.

Across the year we monitor each player on our long list and consider what the future is likely to hold for them - i.e. will they play regularly? is a move imminent? Eventually our long list refines to become the #IBWM100 – nothing definitive, just the players we believe will truly soar over the next twelve months.

We don't expect you to agree with all our choices, but we love to be involved in the debate. Leave your comments below the line or hit us up via Twitter using the #IBWM100 tag. As a small independent website we cannot function without your support, so please share the list far and wide. Over to you. 

NationPlayerTeamPosition
ArgentinaEzequiel BarcoIndependienteMidfielder
 Santiago AscacibarVfB StuttgartMidfielder
 Santiago CáseresVélez SarsfieldMidfielder
ArubaDenzel DumfriesSC HeerenveenDefender
AustriaSandi LovricSK Sturm GrazMidfielder
BelgiumMile SvilarBenficaGoalkeeper
BrazilArthurGrêmioMidfielder
 David NeresAjaxStriker
 Eder MilitãoSão PauloDefender
 EvertonGrêmioStriker
 Gabriel JesusManchester CityStriker
 Guilherme AranaCorinthiansDefender
 JorgeAS MonacoDefender
 MalcomBordeauxStriker
 Murilo CerqueiraCruzeiroDefender
 PaulinhoVasco da GamaStriker
 RicharlisonWatfordStriker
 Vinicius JúniorFlamengoStriker
 WendelFluminenseMidfielder
Burkina FasoBoureima Hassane BandeKV MechelenMidfielder
ChileGabriel SuazoColo-ColoMidfielder
ColombiaCucho HernándezHuesca (on loan from Watford)Midfielder
 Davinson SánchezTottenham HotspurDefender
CroatiaDuje Ćaleta-CarFC Red Bull SalzburgDefender
 Lovro MajerNK Lokomotiva ZagrebMidfielder
 Nikola MoroGNK Dinamo ZagrebMidfielder
Czech RepublicJakub JanktoUdineseMidfielder
DenmarkMathias JensenFC NordsjællandMidfielder
EcuadorBilly ArceIndependiente del ValleMidfielder
EnglandDele AlliTottenham HotspurMidfielder
 Harry WinksTottenham HotspurMidfielder
 Joe GomezLiverpoolDefender
 Marcus RashfordManchester UnitedStriker
 Phil FodenManchester CityMidfielder
 Ryan SessegnonFulhamDefender
 Tammy AbrahamSwansea City (on loan from Chelsea)Striker
FranceAbdou Diallo1. FSV Mainz 05Defender
 Alban LafontToulouseGoalkeeper
 Benjamin PavardVfB StuttgartDefender
 Dan-Axel ZagadouBorussia DortmundDefender
 Dayotchanculle UpamecanoRB LeipzigDefender
 Houssem AouarOlympique Lyonnais Midfielder
 Kingsley ComanFC Bayern MünchenMidfielder
 Kylian MbappéParis Saint-GermainStriker
 Nordi MukieleMontpellier HSCDefender
 Tanguy NdombeleOlympique Lyonnais (on loan from Amiens SC)Midfielder
GeorgiaBeka MikeltadzeDinamo TbilisiStriker
GermanyJulian BrandtBayer 04 LeverkusenMidfielder
 Kai HavertzBayer 04 LeverkusenMidfielder
 Leroy SanéManchester CityStriker
 Timo BaumgartlVfB StuttgartDefender
 Timo WernerRB LeipzigStriker
GreecePanagiotis RetsosBayer 04 LeverkusenDefender
HondurasAlberth ElisHouston DynamoStriker
HungaryDominik SzoboszlaiFC Liefering (on loan from FC Red Bull Salzburg)Midfielder
ItalyFederico ChiesaFiorentinaMidfielder
 Gianluigi DonnarummaMilanGoalkeeper
 Nicolò BarellaCagliariMidfielder
Ivory CoastFranck KessiéMilan (on loan from Atalanta)Midfielder
JamaicaLeon BaileyBayer 04 LeverkusenMidfielder
JapanKento MisaoKashima AntlersMidfielder
MaliAmadou HaidaraFC Red Bull SalzburgMidfielder
 Yves BissoumaLille OSCMidfielder
MexicoOmar GoveaRoyal Excel Mouscron (on loan from Porto)Midfielder
MoldovaVitalie DamașcanSheriff TiraspolStriker
NetherlandsDonny van de BeekAjaxMidfielder
 Frenkie de JongAjaxMidfielder
 Justin KluivertAjaxMidfielder
 Matthijs de LigtAjaxDefender
NigeriaWilfred NdidiLeicester CityMidfielder
ParaguayBlás RiverosFC BaselDefender
PortugalDiogo JotaWolverhampton WanderersMidfielder
RomaniaFlorinel ComanFCS BucharestMidfielder
RussiaAleksandr GolovinCSKA MoscowMidfielder
ScotlandKieran TierneyCelticDefender
SenegalKrepin DiattaSarpsborg 08Midfielder
SpainFabián RuizReal BetisMidfielder
 Marco AsensioReal MadridMidfielder
 Mikel MerinoNewcastle UnitedMidfielder
 Mikel OyarzabalReal SociedadStriker
 RodriVillarreal CFMidfielder
SwedenPontus DahlbergIFKGoalkeeper
TurkeyAbdülkadir ÖmürTrabzonsporMidfielder
 Berke ÖzerAltinorduGoalkeeper
 Yusuf YaziciTrabzonsporMidfielder
UkraineViktor TsygankovFC Dynamo KyivMidfielder
UruguayFederico ValverdeDeportivo de La Coruña (on loan from Real Madrid)Midfielder
 Juan Manuel BoselliDefensor SportingStriker
 Lucas TorreiraSampdoriaMidfielder
 Maxi GómezCelta de VigoStriker
 Rodrigo BentancurJuventusMidfielder
USAChristian PulisicBorussia DortmundMidfielder
 Tyler AdamsNew York Red BullsMidfielder
 Weston McKennieFC Schalke 04Midfielder
VenezuelaJefferson SavarinoReal Salt LakeStriker
 Wuilker FaríñezMillonariosGoalkeeper
 Yangel HerreraNew York City FC (on loan from Manchester City)Midfielder
 Yeferson SoteldoHuachipatoMidfielder
WalesBen WoodburnLiverpoolStriker
 Ethan AmpaduChelseaMidfielder