Locatelli? Sancho? Five youngsters poised to shine at Euro 2020



Posted Saturday, June 05, 2021 by Tribalfootball.com

Locatelli? Sancho? Five youngsters poised to shine at Euro 2020

With Euro 2020 set to begin in a week, here's a comprehensive look at five of the brightest young talents to watch during the famed tournament:

The Italian national team has been on a steady decline over the past seven years following the retirement of some of the country's most iconic players - including midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo.

Fortunately for Italy, that decline may be about to end thanks to the country's current group of promising players, including Sassuolo's midfield engine Manuel Locatelli.

Like Pirlo, Locatelli boasts an impressive ability to orchestrate plays and trigger attacking sequences.

His displays from the 2020/2021 Serie A campaign has attracted the interest of Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City - he'll be looking to turn that interest into something more by putting world-class performances during the Euros.


Locatelli? Sancho? Five youngsters poised to shine at Euro 2020
Locatelli against Northern Ireland

Owen Wijndal - The Netherlands

Dubbed as the heir to Jordi Alba's throne, Owen Wijndal is one of the best young left-backs in world football at the moment.

Despite being just 21, Wijndal boasts a ton of first-team experience having already notched over 100 appearances for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie.

Wijndal boasts blistering pace, solid defensive awareness, and he also possesses stone cold composure, which is incredibly rare for a player of his age - and is also a contributing factor as to why he's viewed as the heir to Jordi Alba's throne.

The young Dutchman is poised to play a key role in the Netherland's Euro 2020 campaign, so be sure to keep your eyes on him during the tournament.

Jadon Sancho - England

Gareth Southgate had a plethora of attacking options to choose from for his side's 26-man squad, but despite the abundance of creative talent in England, Southgate opted for Dortmund's Jadon Sancho as one of his key attackers.

Over the past three seasons, Sancho has garnered a reputation for being one of the best young players on the European football scene. In the 2019/2020 season he bagged 17 Bundesliga goals and 16 assists, making him one of the most prolific forwards in Europe.

In the 2020/2021, he was not at his very best, but he still managed to maintain a level of consistency most forwards can only dream about having scored eight goals and registered 11 assists in 26 Bundesliga appearances.

Going into the Euro 2020 tournament, Sancho is likely to be one of England's key players - so be sure to keep your eyes on him throughout the course of the competition, lest you might miss some sublime displays of individual skill.


Locatelli? Sancho? Five youngsters poised to shine at Euro 2020
Sancho against Belgium in the Nations League

Ferran Torres - Spain

Ferran Torres is one of the most promising young talents to come out of Spain in recent years. He's widely believed to be "the next big thing" for the Spanish national team, and he'll be looking to live up to that hype when the Euro 2020 competition kicks off.

Torres is capable of being deployed across any position in the attacking third thanks to his blistering pace, mesmerising dribbling skills and his keen eye for goal. He can feature as a striker, an attacking midfielder, or as a winger on either flank.

He bagged seven goals in 15 Premier League starts for Manchester City, and he also scored four goals in four champions league starts for the club - which is a testament to his goalscoring prowess.

Expect to see Torres as a mainstay in Luis Enrique's squad for the entirety of Euro 2020.

Bukayo Saka - England

At 19, Bukayo Saka is one of the youngest players in the Euro 2020 tournament but he's also one of the most promising.

Throughout the course of the 2020/2021 season, Saka was by far the brightest spark in Arsenal's dim Premier League campaign scoring five goals and registering three assists for the Gunners.

While he's not expected to be a first-team option throughout the Euros for England, he has the potential to make a major impact off the bench, so be sure to keep your eyes on him throughout the course of the tournament.

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