Top Fives: Young stars to watch out for at Euro 2016
Whilst the 2015/16 domestic season has so far proven one of the most enticing campaigns across the entire spectrum of Premier League history – with Claudio Ranieri’s determined Leicester City outfit almost on the verge of achieving something truly magical within the English top-flight this year – nothing quite beats the spectacle of watching international football at the end of the day…
Euro 2016 will therefore provide football fans far and wide with a welcome dose of international action once again this summer, and although the usual big names on the European circuit will once again take most of the major headlines at the highly anticipated competition, a selection of young emerging talent will also be on display for the whole of world football to admire.
So then, as the upcoming tournament itself is only but a matter of month’s away right in the here and now of course, here are five young stars you don’t want to miss at Euro 2016 this summer…
Let’s face it, if Dele Alli is able to transfer his current domestic form with Tottenham Hotspur on to the international scene with the Three Lions this summer, relevant betting tips could easily place England as strong favourites to succeed at Euro 2016.
The 19-year-old defensive midfielder – who can also slot in several attacking slots with his respective side whenever called upon – may have a somewhat aggressive streak to his overall game, but via his direct nature inside the final third, never say die attitude in the middle of the park, and keen eye for goal in one on one situations – this is a player who could certainly play a major role in Roy Hodgson’s summer plans.
Many have nonetheless predicted great things from England and their subsequent waves of ‘golden generations’ in the past however, so who knows whether or not Dele Alli’s undoubted potential to thrive at Euro 2016 will manifest into something tangible this summer.
FC Porto’s 18-year-old midfield sensation – Ruben Neves – has certainly had a campaign to remember so far this season. The man himself looks incredibly composed on the ball for someone of his age, his creativity in important areas of the pitch has also been praised of late, and his range of technical skill has also served to impress his respective fan-base rather heavily in 2015/16.
As Portugal haven’t exactly been thriving upon the international scene in recent years, someone of Ruben Neves’ growing talent could indeed spur his side on to great things this summer, with some more optimistic football fans predicting Fernando Santos’ side to avenge their 2004 heartbreak at Euro 2016 this summer.
Ruben Neves will likely draw a vast amount of summer interest should the upcoming competition prove a successful one for the Portuguese however, with several big names among the English top-flight likely to be on the lookout.
Although Leroy Sane’s possible inclusion among the German national squad at Euro 2016 has not been confirmed as of yet, the up and coming young Schalke midfielder could really serve to impress among Joachim Low’s formidable outfit this summer, regardless of whoever the Germans are tasked with coming up against.
Sane is incredibly quick with the ball at his feet, his hunger to make things happen in and around the opposition’s penalty box has been credited rather highly this season, and he seemingly knows how to score the odd goal or two in rather confident fashion it must be said.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on brining the young German talent to the Premier League this summer, but even if Leroy Sane is eventually excluded from Joachim Low’s final squad selection, the 2014 World Cup winners remain a very wise bet to continue their dominance at Euro 2016 this summer.
At 22-years-old Hakan Calhanoglu isn’t exactly an up and coming youngster anymore – but as this highly coveted Turkish international can seemingly find the back of the net from set pieces like an experienced veteran out on the field – age will likely have very little significance over the midfielder’s ability to impress at Euro 2016.
The technically gifted play-maker has come on leaps and bounds since first establishing himself among the German Bundesliga, but whilst Calhanoglu also displays a fabulous range of passing in and around the opposition’s penalty box, his now notorious expertise in free-kick scenarios clearly go down as the player’s most recognisable trait when all is said and done.
On the back of such an analysis, relevant betting tips could easily place Hakan Calhanoglu as the highest ranking Turkish goal-scorer at Euro 2016.
Although this list has introduced several up and coming youngsters worthy of our attention at Euro 2016 next summer, France’s Kingsley Coman might just about represent the most impressive talent of the entire bunch.
The attacking wide-man possesses an impressive range of technical ability inside the final third, distinct composure with the ball at his feet in even the most pressured situations, and a keen eye for goal that could easily place him high up on Didier Deschamps' summer plans at Euro 2016.
The player in question – currently on loan at FC Bayern Munich – has previously enjoyed spells with Ligue 1 giants PSG, as well as with The Old Lady of Juventus among the Italian Serie A. Not bad for someone who remains a mere 19-years-old right now is it?
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