In 2017, The Guardian newspaper published an article entitled “Next Generation 2017″, which highlighted the top 60 young footballers in the world. The list included some of the biggest names in the sport, including Erling HaalandJadon Sancho, and Alphonso Davies, who have since gone on to become stars of the game.

However, the list also included several players who have struggled to fulfill their potential, and others who have fallen off the radar altogether. In this article, we take a look at what has become of some of the players on the Next Generation 2017 list.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

Erling Haaland
Haaland was ranked as the number one player on the Next Generation 2017 list, and it’s fair to say that he has lived up to expectations. The Norwegian striker has become one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world, scoring 57 goals in 59 appearances for Borussia Dortmund and establishing himself as one of the hottest properties in football.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

Jadon Sancho
Sancho was ranked second on the list, and like Haaland, he has gone on to become a star of the game. The English winger joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017 and has since established himself as one of the most exciting attacking players in Europe. He has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

Alphonso Davies
Davies was ranked third on the list, and he has also become a star of the game. The Canadian left-back joined Bayern Munich from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018 and has since become an integral part of the team. He played a key role in Bayern’s treble-winning season in 2019/20 and is widely regarded as one of the best young defenders in the world.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

Angel Gomes
Gomes was ranked 11th on the list, but he has struggled to fulfill his potential since then. The English attacking midfielder left Manchester United for Lille in 2020 but has since been loaned out to Boavista and then to FC Nantes. He has yet to establish himself as a regular first-team player at any of his clubs.

Ben Woodburn
Woodburn was ranked 18th on the list, but he has also struggled to fulfill his potential. The Welsh attacking midfielder has been on loan at several clubs since then, including Sheffield United, Oxford United, and Blackpool, but has failed to establish himself at any of them. He is currently back at Liverpool, but it remains to be seen if he has a future at the club.

Daniel Arzani
Arzani was ranked 20th on the list, but his career has been hampered by injuries. The Australian winger joined Manchester City from Melbourne City in 2018 but has since been loaned out to Celtic and FC Utrecht. He has struggled to stay fit and has played just a handful of games for both clubs.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

Jonathan Leko
Leko was ranked 34th on the list, but he has also struggled to fulfill his potential. The English winger left West Bromwich Albion for Birmingham City in 2020 but has since been loaned out to Charlton Athletic and Rotherham United. He has yet to establish himself as a regular first-team player at any of his clubs.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

Conor Coventry
Coventry was ranked 47th on the list, but he has yet to make his mark in senior football. The Irish midfielder is currently on the books of West Ham United but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the club. He has been loaned out to Lincoln City and then to Peterborough United, but has struggled to establish himself at either club.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

Conor Gallagher
Gallagher was ranked 54th on the list, and he has since established himself as a promising young talent. The English midfielder has been on loan at several clubs in recent seasons, including Charlton Athletic, Swansea City, and West Bromwich Albion. He has impressed at all of his loan clubs and is expected to play a key role for Chelsea in the future.

What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?
What has become of Next Generation 2017, from Haaland to Gordon?

In conclusion, the Next Generation 2017 list highlighted some of the most promising young talents in football, and many of the players on the list have gone on to become stars of the game. However, others have struggled to fulfill their potential, and it remains to be seen if they will ever make their mark at the highest level.

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