Germany U21 - Portrait Session

With just 4 games played in the 2-day old European tournament in France, there is still plenty to watch out for with 32 more games to go as Groups C to F continue the competition. With a handful of teenagers featuring at the games, a lot of attention continues to be given to youth development in European football, and here are 5 youngsters who are bound to take the competition by storm.


The 20-year-old Manchester United forward is part of the France attack that will be wrecking havoc at the other end of the pitch in the coming games after his great timeout at the Old Trafford last season. He was a closing minutes substitute during the opener against Romania, and he immediately made his impact by coming close at goal with a straight shot into the waiting arms of Tatarusanu. Almost likely to be a squad player for a majority of the tournament, Deschamps will be hoping his introduction off the bench will yield positive results as the country attempts to win the competition on home soil. Anthony Martial definitely has that quality.


If there is any youngster with the best chance of emerging best young player at this Euros, it is this Bayern Munich winger. His introduction against Romania gave the hosts more cutting edge upfront, and he sure will remain a great attacking threat from the flanks all through the competition. He already took the world by storm by establishing himself as one of the key members of the Guardiola-led Munich team, and will be hoping to be key as France sets eye on gold.


Before emerging as one of the best upcoming strikers in England, the 18-year-old was being linked with a move to the League One just few weeks before his Manchester United debut. Since then, he hasn’t stopped, and has scored on his EPL and Three Lions debuts. His Euros and competition debut could also be up next for the goals, and Hodgson has insisted he wasn’t brought to France just to make up numbers. Although he sat out the game against Russia and wasn’t even close to being subbed on, but if he is featured against Wales or/and Slovakia, trust the striker to sure make his mark.


The PFA attacking midfielder of the year might not have had a dream Euros debut against Russia, but he sure still remains a key part of the England squad. Made to play in a position that makes him accommodate Rooney in the middle of the park, Alli didn’t see much of the ball, and he will have to make most of his chances next time. The Tottenham star however remains one to watch out for as the competition progresses.


The least popular of the lot, Germany international, Sane has been a subject of summer transfer links from a couple of top clubs after a great season with Bundesliga outfit, Schalke 04 last term. The 20-year-old winger should show glimpses of his talent in the few minutes he will likely be afforded in France.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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