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Five of the brightest young prospects in La Liga


La Liga, or the Spanish League, is widely regarded as the best league in the world based on the talent on display week in, week out.

Also, it has been known to be the grooming field for young talents over the years. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the youngsters to watch out for in the coming season.

Saúl Ñíguez

Still only 22, it seems as though the Spaniard has been around for quite some time, having already racked up nearly 150 appearances for Altético Madrid. Saúl is known for controlling the midfield with his vision and supreme understanding of the game.

He has also added goal-scoring to his repertoire, displaying it in the UEFA Under-21 Euro recently.

And who can forget the wonderful goal he scored against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, showcasing his ability with the ball and producing a calm, composed finish at the end of a fine dribble.

Having already witnessed what he can do on his day, it is safe to assume that this could be his season to establish himself as one of the best central midfielders around.

Dani Ceballos

There has been a lot of speculation around his future; whether he would moving to Real Madrid or Barcelona, but it is almost certain that he would be leaving Real Betis before the start of the new campaign.

One of the unsung heroes in Spain’s run to the finals in the Under-21 Euro, the role that Ceballos played in the middle of the park can’t be neglected in any way.

The 20-year-old has a certain calmness attached to him when he steps on to the field and is well equipped with the required technical ability to pull the strings for any midfield in the league.

So it is only a matter of time before he comes to the fore with a big club.

Marco Asensio

With the exits of Álvaro Morata and James Rodríguez all but imminent, this looks to be the season in which wonderkid Asensio would finally get regular opportunities with the Los Blancos.

Despite finding chances hard to come by, he managed to let the world know about the talent he possess. He is an all-in-one package; vision, passing, control, dribbling and spectacular, he has got them all.

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At 21, now is the time when an attacking midfielder like him would be looking forward to taking games by the scruff of his neck. So one hopes to see him get the chances that he deserves at the Bernabeu.

Pablo Fornals

Pablo Fornals is one of the other young starlets who would be gunning to establish himself in the La Liga circuit.

Having already played for his club side Málaga CF over a 50 times, Fornals is a midfielder who rose to fame last season due to his creativity and sharp passing to set off attacks.

He made a mark for Málaga with six goals, becoming the second highest scorer for the team in the league. The running off the ball is another area where the 21-year-old has shown his expertise, and feeding his teammates with chances in front of goal.

This season could be the perfect platform for him to catapult himself to superstar status.

Mikel Oyarzabal

The Real Socieded man mainly operates as a winger and despite his young age, has already been capped for the Spanish national team.

Oyarzabal is known within the league for the quick short passing ability that he has mastered during his time with the Basque club.

He also has the talent to exploit space in tight areas around the park and the fact that he is just turned 20 means that time is on his side when it comes to expressing himself on the big stage.

Like Fornals, this could be the season where the local lad lays the foundation for a big move to greener pastures in the future.

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