The CIES Football Observatery has ranked Samuel Kalu as 17th in a list of the 50 most promising talents in Europe, just behind Justin Kluivert of Ajax Amsterdam.
The 50 teenagers with the best career prospects in Europe
CIES analysed the minutes played by each footballer and weighed them according to the sporting level of leagues and the results achieved by employer clubs. Based on that analysis they made a ranking of the U20 players from 22 European competitions which cumulated the most domestic league experience during the last two years. The CIES observes these 50 players have the best prospects of a great career in the top of European football.
Donnarumma, Mbappé and ... Kalu!
Ten players received a 5 star rating. CIES sees these 10 as capable of establishing themselves in the very best European teams. In the top three positions are Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alban Lafont (Toulouse) and Kylian Mbappé (PSG/AS Monaco).
After the top 10 come 18 players with a 4 star rating (including Samuel Kalu) of which CIES states: "All of these players have a concrete possibility to spend the big part of their career in the most competitive European championships."
Samuel Kalu has played for KAA Gent since January 2017. Before that he played at Slowak side AS Trencin. Kalu has played 44 games since joining the 'Buffaloes', scored 9 goals and gave 14 assists.
The full list of the CIES Football Observatory