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Man Utd and Arsenal stars named among top 10 wonderkids but Saliba excluded


Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka have been named among the top 10 wonderkids in world football by L’Equipe.

The French outlet have once again announced their coveted list of the best U20s footballers over the globe, all born in 2001 or after.

And there a host of a familiar names in the top 50, with Barcelona sensation Ansu Fati topping the list ahead of Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch.

There is also plenty of English talent high up the list, much to the delight of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, including Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, who has been ranked in No.6.



Manchester United forward Greenwood has been named in the No.8 spot
Manchester United forward Greenwood has been named in the No.8 spot

Just behind the former Birmingham midfielder, Premier League wonderkids also boast a spot among the top 10.

Manchester United forward Greenwood has been named in the No.8 spot, one place above Arsenal attacker Saka.

Saka was joined on the list by Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli, who was named 33rd on the star-studded list.



Bukayo Saka of Arsenal has been named ninth on the list
Bukayo Saka of Arsenal has been named ninth on the list

But while Saka and Martinelli’s inclusion will please Gunners’ fans, defender William Saliba was name-checked by L’Equipe as one of the unfortunate players to miss out on the top 50.

Saliba signed for the Gunners from Saint Etienne in the summer of 2019, and was then immediately sent back out on loan to the French club.

But the coronavirus pandemic, and Ligue subsequently being cancelled, meant Saliba didn’t get to play a lot of football in his ‘transition year’, as Gunners boss Mikel Arteta called it.



Arsenal defender William Saliba missed out on a spot on the list
Arsenal defender William Saliba missed out on a spot on the list

This meant that – in Arteta’s eyes – Saliba still isn’t ready to play for Arsenal and needs another season in France, which is why he was recently sent on loan to Nice.

Explaining their decision, L’Equipe wrote: “William Saliba (2001, Nice) remains on a disappointing 2020 due to several injuries and a failed transfer to Arsenal.

“However, the former defender of Saint-Etienne is reborn among the Aiglons, whose defense he has stabilized since his arrival a few weeks ago.”





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