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Under-20 World Cup: Who are the best players at the tournament?

Some of the world's best young players are currently showcasing their talents at the tournament in South Korea.

While summer 2017 might seem like a vacuum for football with no major international tournament to sink our teeth into, there are a couple of eye-catching events to keep an eye on.

Before the best Under-21s in Europe head to Toulon later this month, the Under-20s are currently taking part in the World Championships in South Korea.

The tournament is a hotbed for bristling young talents with exciting prospects from all over the globe competing for glory.

The football never stops

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The football never stops

So which players should we be keeping an eye on?

We’ve put the spotlight on five of the best…

1 Adalberto Penaranda (Venezuela and Watford)

Penaranda is a bit of a character

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Penaranda is a bit of a character

Venezuela have been the most impressive team on display so far, with Penaranda the flag bearer of the highest scoring side with two of his side’s 13 goals in five matches.

The fiery attacker is currently on loan at Malaga but is a Watford player after he made the well-trodden path from Udinese back in 2016.

Penaranda, who scored in Venezuela’s quarter-final win over USA on Sunday, might not have been here at all after he was shot in the thigh by armed robbers at a party in 2015.

2 Jean-Kevin Augustin (France and PSG)

Augustin is one of the more senior participants in South Korea

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Augustin is one of the more senior participants in South Korea

Arguably the biggest name at the tournament given his first-team exposure.

Augustin is a beacon of French hope among a multinational PSG side who has been handed a number of opportunities to shine this season as cover to Edinson Cavani in attack.

He didn’t disappoint for his country either, scoring four goals in just three games before they were eliminated by Italy in the last 16.

3 Riccardo Orsolini (Italy and Juventus)

Eyes on the ball, Riccardo

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Eyes on the ball, Riccardo

Nippy, direct and skillful; Orsolini has all the hallmarks of a hugely effective left-winger when his time comes to shine.

The 20-year-old was snapped up by Juventus in January for a fee that could rise to €10m before being loaned back to Ascoli, where he’d been a regular during his teenage years.

Orsolini has four goals in five games so far in South Korea and has helped Italy to their first ever semi-final berth at the tournament.

4 Diogo Goncalves (Portugal and Benfica B)

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We should get used to seeing this celebration

Portugal’s rich history of producing world class number sevens ultimately means there’s added pressure to find natural heirs to the likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Introducing Diogo Goncalves, who shone for Portugal with a number of eye-catching goals and tricks before they were knocked out by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

Goncalves scored a stunning goal from long range in typical Ronaldo fashion in that defeat and is likely to graduate to the Benfica first team in the coming year.

5 Ademola Lookman (England and Everton)

The England side owe a lot to Everton

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The England side owe a lot to Everton

Everton’s representation at the tournament cannot be understated, with all seven goals scored by the Young Lions so far either scored or assisted by Toffees players.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Kieran Dowell have had a big impact but Lookman is the star of the show, scoring twice in their win over Costa Rica in the last 16.

The 19-year-old winger has shown composure belying his tender years with his finishing and linked up brilliantly with new Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke.

Lookman should be looking to make more of an impression on the Everton first-team this season after scoring his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Manchester City last season.

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