The Top 10 Young Guns Ready to Take Euro 2020 by Storm
The Euro 2020 this summer will bring together some of the finest footballing talents on the planet as the competing nations battle it out for the right to be recognized as the ‘Kings of Europe’. While everyone will have their eyes glued to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Kylian Mbappe, one must not forget to overlook the emerging youth players who will get the chance to showcase their skills and talents in front of the world. FootTheBall takes a look at the Top 10 Euro 2020 Youngsters, who possess the ability to enthrall the audiences with their captivating skills and moves on the pitch.
1.BUKAYO SAKA (ENGLAND)
Mikel Arteta possesses an absolute gem in the form of Bukayo Saka in North London. The Englishman is in line to make the cut for Euro 2020 England squad and if he does, the young Gunner is sure to get some minutes off the bench and will definitely give Gareth Southgate a selection headache. Although the London-born winger of Nigerian descent is currently sidelined due to an injury, there is little doubt in the minds of pundits and fans about his selection in the final England squad for the continental competition this summer.
2.DAYOT UPAMECANO (FRANCE)
Another overlooked young talent is French center-back Dayot Upamecano, who is currently plying his trade at RB Leipzig in the German top-flight and has already agreed on a deal with current German and European champions Bayern Munich which will see him join the ranks of the Bavarian club next season. It is fair to say that Upamecano, has some insanely good competition from the likes of Raphael Varane, Aymeric Laporte and Clement Lenglet when it comes to being deployed in the heart of defence, but it is a fact acknowledged by many experts that the young star has what it takes to feature alongside French players who have become household names and will be one of many Euro 2020 Youngsters to watch out for.
3.FLORIAN WIRTZ (GERMANY)
The North-Rhine Westphalia-born attacking midfielder received his first international call-up recently for the March World Cup qualifiers from Joachim Loew due to his impressive performances for Bayer Leverkusen. Even though still young in years, the German has shown promise and potential and it is expected that he will, sooner or later, feature for the 2014 World Cup winners to spring a surprise and cause an upset for opposition defences with his deft footwork, agility and tactical awareness.
4.JUDE BELLINGHAM (ENGLAND)
Southgate is all praise for the central midfielder in whose honor Birmingham City retired the number 22 shirt after he left for greener pastures to German side Borussia Dortmund. The 17-year-old made his England debut last year in November and is another of many Euro 2020 Youngsters to show great promise. He showed glimpses of his brilliance in England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino recently where he completed 94% of the passes that he attempted, all the while completing four out of five dribbles and it looks like the young lad from Stourbridge will surely be in England’s squad for Euro 2021 after Southgate assured that he will be fast-tracked into the English side before the all-important tournament this summer.
5.RYAN GRAVENBERCH (NETHERLANDS)
The Ajax youth academy product made his debut for The Oranje on 24th March 2021 – coming off the bench to replace Daley Blind in the 82nd minute of an eventual World Cup qualifier match against Turkey. Gravenberch offers depth and versatility to the Dutch midfield as he is capable of playing both as a central midfielder and defensive midfielder as and when the situation demands it. The 18-year-old has stiff competition as the Dutch midfield boasts the likes of Frenkie De Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and Donny van de Beek, who are all much more experienced than him. But still, it would be a mistake to completely write him off before the start of Euro 2021.
6.JAMAL MUSIALA (GERMANY)
Out of the many Euro 2020 Youngsters, Jamal Musiala is already a name that has become synonymous with the Bayern Munich squad and recently the teenager made his debut for the German national football team, replacing Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz against Iceland in a World Cup qualifier. Although still a teenager, Musiala looks like he will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming seasons for the Bavarian giants at club level and Joachim Loew’s side on the international stage.
7.PEDRO NETO (PORTUGAL)
The talented 21-year-old has been an ever-present for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side out on either flank or as an attacking midfielder just behind the strikers. The Portuguese has repaid the faith of his manager by scoring five goals and setting up another five this season in the English top-flight, which has turned Manchester United’s attention towards him. Neto has been deployed in a similar role by Fernando Santos for Portugal, getting on the scoresheet on his debut for his national team. He will definitely be one to watch out for apart from the young star and compatriot Joao Felix on the pitch for Euro’s defending champions.
8.EDUARDO CAMAVINGA (FRANCE)
Camavinga is the one to look out for in the French squad this summer at Euro 2021. Having made his debut last year, and in the process has become the youngest player to don the French colors since 1932, Camavinga can play as both a central midfielder and defensive pivot on the pitch. The 18-year-old has already made three appearances for Les Bleus on the international stage and everyone will be waiting with bated breath for the Frenchman to display his prowess and repertoire this summer for Didier Deschamps’ side.
9.FERRAN TORRES (SPAIN)
The Spanish winger has already scored four goals for Spain including a hat-trick against Germany in November 2020. Mentored by none other than Guardiola at club level, the 21-year-old has all the tools to become a mainstay in the Spain squad in the years to come. His speed, creative thinking, technique and athleticism have earned him praise from experts and pundits. In addition to this, his height gives him an added advantage in the opposition’s penalty box and his heading ability makes him a goalscoring threat in almost all set-piece situations.
10.PEDRI GONZALEZ (SPAIN)
Looks like Spanish football have found the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta in midfield – such are the headlines doing rounds in Spain and across the world when it comes to Pedri Gonzalez. All these comparisons with Iniesta, and with the European Championships just around the corner, make it a perfect opportunity for the young midfielder to cement his place in the starting line-up and, in turn, herald a new era for a sleeping football giant.