At GSV, we take the self allotted duty of enlightening our readers on all matters sports related very seriously, especially when it comes to informing the fraternity as a whole about the stars of the future that are on the rise as well as those that are already making a splash in the fraternity at a tender young age; we are proud to present to you the GSV Hot List, the most authoritative young African talent index in the entire football realm. The GSV Hot List is our selection of the best u/23 footballers in their positions, ranking the lads against their competitors and giving you some information on the player; we aim to ensure that you remain entertained, informed and enlightened while growing your knowledge base. This is the Mzansi football edition of the GSV Hot List, we will provide you with the quintessential player index of all the premier youth Mzansi football talent in the fraternity; the GSV Hot List is your one stop shop to all your Mzansi stars of the future.
DoB: September 19th, 1996 (18)
PoB: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Caps & Goals: N/A (South Africa u-20 International)
Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender, Fullback, Wingback (Left/ Centre)
Preferred Foot: Left
Club: SuperSport United Football Club
Club Jersey No: #25
Club Appearances & Goals: 1 Appearance
Development Academy: SuperSport United Youth Academy
Market Value: R 375 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Mbulelo Mabizela (4/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
Modern football has led many good football minds towards an obsession with the ball-playing central defender, a defensive minded footballer that can marshal the backline like Nesta, but distribute the ball from deep like Pirlo; that extremely powerful obsession has become even worse now that some have elevated towards keenly looking for a left-footed ball-playing central defender, in the hopes of forging the perfect defensive combination of the future.
Denwin Farmer is something of a rarity in South African football, where we actually have a limited supply of solid defensive players that are predominantly left-footed, yet the wunderkind’s potential is a testament to the blessed generation of young players our nation has been blessed with; composure, positional sense, and a good turn of pace are just a few of the abundant footballing gifts that the lad has already displayed with some panache in his relatively short football career. Farmer was one of 4 United Academy graduates invited to trial at Tottenham Hotspur in September of 2013, his great potential has already been noticed by scouts from foreign clubs and his stock will continue to rise with every performance he makes for Matsatsanta or Mzansi; a former central defensive partner to Rivaldo Coetzee at u-20 level, Denwin will be praying for an opportunity to develop in the manner his mate has over the last 18 months at club and international level.
The South African youth international has worked his way up the ladder to professional football at a very steady rate, and Farmer’s development can only improve exponentially with his promotion to the first-team squad for the current campaign; a stellar debut in a 1-nil victory over Orlando Pirates proved that the quality and aptitude is there for Denwin to further develop into one of the best young defenders on the continent in the coming years.