Five young Serbian stars Premier League teams should be watching

Nemanja Matic

The eastern European nation have produced some exceptional talents in the last couple of years, which top English clubs should have on their radar.

Serbian football is going through something of a transitional period, and although their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup has been disappointing, their young national team is full of stars.

Former Lazio and Inter defender Sinisa Mihajlovic took over as national coach last year, and the side has seen seasoned campaigners such as Nemanja Vidic and Dejan Stankovic retire from the international game.

With the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Matija Nastasic and Aleksandar Kolarov already at Premier League clubs, a host of young players have been brought into the new-look national set-up that are destined for bright futures.

With the Serbs to take on Wales tonight at the Millennium Stadium, Premier League scouts should be keeping an eye on some of the visiting talent. Here are five to watch.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Leads the line for the Serbs despite only being 18 years old, but has all the attributes to be a top-class striker. Got his first international goal of his career with a well-taken effort in the 1-1 draw with Croatia last week, with plenty more strikes to come at club and national level.

Mitrovic has recently moved to Anderlecht for their club record fee of €5 million, and we can expect the young forward to continue to progress in Belgium. After a year or two of terrorizing defences in the central European country, Mitrovic will be ready for a move to an established Premier League club.

Lazar Markovic

A mercurial talent, right winger Markovic has all the skills and trickery to be a world class attacker once he gets a few more seasons of football under his belt. The 19-year-old signed for Benfica recently, but was the subject of intense interest from Chelsea.

With the teenager set to be exposed to Champions League football this season, expect glowing performances and his name to be repeatedly linked to teams in England.

Nemanja Matic

Another Serb at Benfica with a history with Chelsea, Matic moved to Portugal as part of the deal that saw David Luiz switch to Stamford Bridge. The eastern European midfielder only made two Premier League appearances for the Blues in two years, but in two seasons at the Estadio da Luz has suitably impressed for him to linked with a return to west London. At 25 he is the oldest of the five players, but arguably the most-rounded also.

Neven Subotic

One of the unsung heroes in the monumental revival at Borussia Dortmund, the 24-year-old central defender is largely overlooked in a club team full of stars. With Mats Hummels his partner at the back at Signal Iduna Park, Subotic is every bit as valuable as the Germany international.

Along with Ivanovic, Kolarov and Nastasic, the Dortmund man will comprise a top back four for his nation for years to come. At club level he has all the attributes to be a major success in England, with superlative defensive abilities and an unparalleled reading of the game.

Filip Duricic

Yet another Serb wonderkid at Benfica, Duricic is an immensely gifted attacking midfielder with an eye for goal. The 21year-old has netted three times for Serbia in qualifying and also displays exceptional creative skills when given a chance to play.

Duricic moved to Benfica after three years with Heerenveen in the Netherlands for a fee of €6 million earlier this year. He lit up the Eredivisie with his individual brilliance and will be a feature for the Portuguese side over the next couple of seasons. After that, top European clubs will most likely be vying over his signature.

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