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Top ten most promising young defenders

Posted on | March 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

After top ten most promising strikers and midfielders here is the top ten most promising defenders:

1. Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior

Marcelo is a 20 years old Brazilian who plays for Real Madrid. Since he transfered from Fluminense in 2007 he managed to play in 45 games for Real Madrid. Also the Brazilian has 5 appearances and 1 goal for the Brazilian national team.

2. Davide Santon

Santon is a 18 years old full back who plays for Inter Milano. the Italian managed to made his first appearance for the the club in December and since then he was a regular starter.

3. Cristian Zapata

Zapata is a 22 years old Columbian central defender. Zapata played 84 games for Udinese since 2005 when he was transfered from Deportivo Cali.

4. Domenico Criscito

Criscito is a 22 years old Italian defender from Juventus. The Italian youngster is currently on loan at Genoa where he played in 38 games.

5. Lorenzo de Silvestri

Silvestri is a 20 years old right full back who plays for Lazio Roma. The Italian has 38 games for Lazio and is considered “the next Nesta” by Biancocelesti fans.

6. Gareth Bale

Bale is a 19 years old defender who plays at Tottenham Hotspur. The Wales international has 21 games for Tottenham since his arrival from Southampton in 2007. At only 19 years old Bale already has 19 games and 2 goals for Wales.

7. Fabiano Santacroce

Santacroce is a 22 years old Italian defender who plays for Napoli. Before moving to Napoli, Santacroce also played for Brescia and Como.

8. Mamadou Sakho

Sakho is a 19 years old French defender. Since 2007 he played in 25 games for PSG managing to score 1 goal.

9. Armand Traore

Traore is also a 19 years old French defender who plays for Arsenal Londra since 2005. This year Traore was loaned at Portsmouth where he played in 26 games.

10. Kyriakos Papadopoulus

Papadopoulus is a 17 years old Greek defender who playes for Olympiakos. The youngster played only 4 games in the first team but is considered a big talent and is already in the attention of Arsenal and Chelsea.



One Response to “Top ten most promising young defenders”

  1. Abhilash Manapatt
    May 14th, 2009 @ 1:44 am

    Nice list. But, Traore and Bale had not been playing to their ‘hyped’ standards yet. Marcelos is being employed as a left-mid these days and he would continue that job in real madrid as esquel garay would replace him.

    I think you could include Gerard Pique (Barca), Aleksander Kosoric (FK Partizan) , Daniel Opare (Real Madrid) and Michael Mancienne (Chelsea) to this list!

    Football Scout

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