12 players to watch at the Under-20 World Cup

The 21st Under-20 World Cup kicks off in South Korea on Saturday. Twenty-four teams will do battle for the trophy and Yahoo Sport’s Mootaz Chehade picks out the players most likely to make an impression in the three-week tournament.

<p>The 18-year-old France goalkeeper has made 35 appearances for Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Alban became the youngest goalkeeper to make his debut in French history in 2015 at the age of 16. </p>
Alban Lafont

The 18-year-old France goalkeeper has made 35 appearances for Ligue 1 side Toulouse. Alban became the youngest goalkeeper to make his debut in French history in 2015 at the age of 16.

<p>The 18-year-old Uruguay winger has shown bags of potential at such a young age having scored four goals in 24 games for River Plate between 2014-2016 before earning a move to Atletico Madrid last summer. He has also scored nine goals in nine U20 appearances. </p>
Nicolas Schiappacasse

The 18-year-old Uruguay winger has shown bags of potential at such a young age having scored four goals in 24 games for River Plate between 2014-2016 before earning a move to Atletico Madrid last summer. He has also scored nine goals in nine U20 appearances.

<p>The 20-year-old Italian midfielder is now back at Cagliari after successful loan spell at Serie B side Como last season and will be looking to attract Serie A sides after he leads the Azzurri side in Korea. </p>
Nicolo Barella

The 20-year-old Italian midfielder is now back at Cagliari after successful loan spell at Serie B side Como last season and will be looking to attract Serie A sides after he leads the Azzurri side in Korea.

<p>The Argentina midfielder has already played 38 games for North American giants Estudiantes at the age of 20 and played 3 games for the Argentine Olympic team last summer at Rio de Janeiro. </p>
Santiago Ascacibar

The Argentina midfielder has already played 38 games for North American giants Estudiantes at the age of 20 and played 3 games for the Argentine Olympic team last summer at Rio de Janeiro.

<p>The 19-year-old Uruguay midfielder racked up an impressive 49 games for Boca Juniors – which earned him a move to Serie A champions Juventus this year. </p>
Rodrigo Bentacur

The 19-year-old Uruguay midfielder racked up an impressive 49 games for Boca Juniors – which earned him a move to Serie A champions Juventus this year.

<p>The 20-year-old Monaco winger is having a fantastic loan spell at Ligue 1 side Bastia and is expected to lead the front line for the French in Korea. He has played 2511 minutes in 31 French league games so far this season and has five U20 caps. </p>
Allan Saint-Maximin

The 20-year-old Monaco winger is having a fantastic loan spell at Ligue 1 side Bastia and is expected to lead the front line for the French in Korea. He has played 2511 minutes in 31 French league games so far this season and has five U20 caps.

<p>The exciting 19-year-old Liverpool winger has already had two decent loan spells at Wigan & Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has scored one goal in 14 games at U20 level. </p>
Sheyi Ojo

The exciting 19-year-old Liverpool winger has already had two decent loan spells at Wigan & Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has scored one goal in 14 games at U20 level.

<p>Yet another 18-year-old Uruguay midfielder who is expected to impress after having joined Real Madrid Castilla last summer from Penarol. He has scored three goals in 26 games for Madrid B team. </p>
Federico Valverde

Yet another 18-year-old Uruguay midfielder who is expected to impress after having joined Real Madrid Castilla last summer from Penarol. He has scored three goals in 26 games for Madrid B team.

<p>The 19-year-old Nantes midfielder rejected his native Morocco to concentrate on playing for France. The midfielder played a starring role in last summer’s U19 World Cup win. </p>
Amine Harit

The 19-year-old Nantes midfielder rejected his native Morocco to concentrate on playing for France. The midfielder played a starring role in last summer’s U19 World Cup win.

<p>The Italy midfielder played 26 games on loan for Pescara last season from Genoa aged just 18. Now 19 and at Juventus, he has played once but is expected to have a much bigger role next season. </p>
Rolando Mandragora

The Italy midfielder played 26 games on loan for Pescara last season from Genoa aged just 18. Now 19 and at Juventus, he has played once but is expected to have a much bigger role next season.

<p>Everton’s 20-year-old forward has already been part of Ronald Koeman’s plans this season after having played for Sheffield United, Stalybridge Celtic & Northampton. He has netted four times in eight games for England U20s. </p>
Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Everton’s 20-year-old forward has already been part of Ronald Koeman’s plans this season after having played for Sheffield United, Stalybridge Celtic & Northampton. He has netted four times in eight games for England U20s.

<p>The 18-year-old Uruguay centre-back joining Barcelona’s Juvenil A team in January. The talented youngster is often referred to as a mixture of Gerard Pique and Diego Godin. </p>
Santiago Bueno

The 18-year-old Uruguay centre-back joining Barcelona’s Juvenil A team in January. The talented youngster is often referred to as a mixture of Gerard Pique and Diego Godin.

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