Euro 2016: 14 Stunning Young Talents Who Will Set the Tournament AlightPublished June 15, 2016
The Euros are well underway and a fair few unfamiliar faces will have wowed you already but these are the kids who are set to do the business!
Leroy Sané (Schalke, Germany)
Highly-rated Schalke winger Sané is the son of former Senegalese international, Souleymane Sané. If reports are to be believed, the 20-year-old could be lining-up for Manchester City in the Premier League next season.
Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich, Portugal)
It’s a sign of how far 18-year-old midfielder Sanchez has come in a short space of time that, having only broken into the Benfica first-team in November, he has already secured a big-money move to Bayern Munich for €35 million in a deal that could rise to €80 million. He has already been red-carded three times in his career to date.
Breel Embolo (Basel, Switzerland)
The 19-year-old Cameroon-born striker looks like the long-term solution to Switzerland’s need for a reliable goalscorer. Already the subject of a failed big-money bid from Wolfsburg, it’s only a matter of time before Embolo is playing his club football at a higher level.
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United, England)
The 18-year-old burst on the scene late in the season, scoring twice on his club debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League. He followed that up with a double against Arsenal in the Premier League a few days later and became a fixture in the Red Devils’ starting XI thereafter. Became the youngest ever England player to score on his international debut after just three-minutes of the friendly game against Australia.
Aleksander Golovin (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
In an otherwise ageing squad, the 20-year-old Siberian-born CSKA Moscow midfielder is one for the future. Golovin scored on his international debut within minutes of coming off the bench in a friendly against Belarus.
Samuel Umtiti (Lyon, France)
Versatile Cameroon-born defender equally at home at left-back or in the centre, who is in the French squad as a replacement for the injured Jérémy Mathieu. Reportedly a summer transfer target for Barcelona.
Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax, Poland)
Milik was the Polish match-winner in their opening Euro 2016 group game against Northern Ireland. The 22-year-old striker is already well-travelled, having played club football in Poland, Germany and Holland. Milik finished with 21 goals in the Eredivisie last season.
Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich, France)
Only turned 20 in the opening week of Euro 2016, but winger Coman has already played first-team football for Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich and won eight club trophies in the process. Currently on a two-year loan with Bayern, who have the option to make the deal permanent.
Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia, Poland)
The 19-year-old Cracovia midfielder was impressive in Poland’s opening Euro 2016 group game against Northern Ireland. Involved in a brawl at a Krakow nightclub last year, after which he phoned national team coach Adam Nawalka seeking forgiveness.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Bayer Leverkusen, Turkey)
The 22-year-old German-born attacking midfielder is already a renowned dead-ball specialist. Çalhanoğlu has spent his entire club career in Germany and became the first Turk to score against England in 11 matches in last month’s 2-1 friendly defeat at the City Of Manchester Stadium.
Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke, Austria)
Originally on the books of Bayern Munich, Schöpf joined Schalke for €6m from second-tier FC Nürnberg in January and quickly became part of the first-team set-up. Schöpf made his Austrian international debut in March and a possible option from the bench for Marcel Koller at Euro 2016.
Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest, Romania)
In a fairly ordinary Romanian squad, 23-year-old playmaker Stanciu is the one bright hope. On the back of an impressive season with Steaua Bucharest, he is expected to move to a more high-profile league after Euro 2016 with his club apparently seeking a €10 million transfer fee.
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur, England)
Only made his Tottenham Hotspur debut at the start of last season, but now set to be a fixture in the England team for years to come. Equally at home as a Number 10 or in a midfield three, Alli was voted PFA Young Player of the Year after some superb displays last season.
Emre Mor (Borussia Dortmund, Turkey)
Young Turk has recently completed a move to Borussia Dortmund and is very much the ‘next big thing’. The 18-year-old has impressed with Danish side FC Nordsjælland and the pint-sized winger has a very bright future.