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We start our countdown of the thirty best players under the age of 21 currently playing in La Liga, with numbers 30-26.





30- Hugo Mallo

Mallo is only 21, but the right back has already notched up close to 100 appearances for Celta Vigo, and earned a call up to the Spanish U-21 squad.

The step up from Segunda to the Primera division this season, has seen Mallo blossom, and fans of the Galacian club where delighted when he signed a new deal until 2017, staving off interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid, and Chelsea.

One of the most promising right backs in the league, and is sure to be challenging Barcelona right back Martin Montoya for a place in the Spanish national side in the future.






29- Geoffrey Kondogbia

Not much fuss was made when Sevilla, signed defensive midfielder Kondogbia from Lens in the summer, but he is starting to make people notice him with some stand out performances.

Sevilla beat of the likes of Juventus, and AC Milan to sign the Frenchman who played 34 times for Lens, despite still being only 19 years old.

The 6″2 battler has settled nicely into the Sevilla midfield, and has been one of the standout’s in a rather forgettable start to the season for the club, making eight appearances so far.

Kondogbia has played 12 times for the French U-19 side, and a call up to the U-21′ sqaud is on the way for the player that can also play in defence.

A very wise signing for Sevilla, who will only improve as the season goes on.






28- Lass Bangoura

The young Rayo Vallecano forward has been attracting interest for well over a year, after helping keep the club in the Primera division last season, with 3 goals in 28 appearances.

The 20 year old has been the interest of Real Madrid, and Valencia over the past two years, but has stayed with his current club.

The Guinea international has been used sparingly by new coach Paco Jemez this season, with most of his 11 appearances coming from the bench, but there is no doubt that the player has a bright future in the game.





27- Alejandro Pozuelo

The young attacking midfielder has been the gem of Betis’s B team for the past few years, and is now proving to be a valuable player for the first team.

The 21 year old has endured tough times at the club, and was looking to leave at one point, but his choice to stick with the club is starting to pay off.

As Betis look like challenging for the top four places, Pozuelo has starred in 7 matches so far, scoring his first goal for the club in a 5-3 win over Athletic Bilbao earlier in the season.

Manchester United and Arsenal have already asked about the availability of the youngster, and if he keeps improving he is sure to be one of the brightest talents to play for the club in a number of years.





26- Ruben Pardo

The Real Sociedad midfielder is now an integral part of one of the most exciting teams to watch in La Liga, and Ruben Pardo has a bright future ahead.

The central midfielder has been with the club since a youngster, and played over 30 times for the B team before making his first team debut last season against Real Madrid.

Since his debut the Sociedad fans have demanded his inclusion in the team, but Phillipe Montanier has continued to use him sparingly.

A start alongside Illarramendi against Malaga this season, saw Pardo have his best appearance of his career, as the club ran out 2-1 winners, with the youngster outshining another wonderkid Isco.

Montanier has stated the 20 year old has too improve physically before he can be used regularly, but when he is finally ready, the rest of La Liga will be in awe of his exceptional talents.



Join us next week as the countdown continues, with numbers 25-21.




- Michael Bell (twitter: @LaLigafooty)



Forza Futbol On December - 11 - 2012

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