With the Championships starting tomorrow, and the world watching – I have picked out 7 top talents to keep an eye on during the 4 week tournament in France. They are certainly ones that could move to some of Europe’s elite, and like the guy in the picture – one who has already secured a move, to Dortmund! The age range is set to the youngsters, though I will start with one who is slightly older but could burst onto the scene after falling by the wayside in recent years.
Gabriel Torje – Romania
Torje is one who had great things expected of him by many a few years ago. Udinese snapped him up from his Romanian side, but since then he has barely played for the Italian side – but has started to impress of late in his multiple loan spells. He was dubbed ‘The Romanian Messi’ thanks to his low centre of gravity, slick skills and impressive pace! Romania should finish 3rd in my opinion, and with them being a very good defensive unit they will need an outlet – and Torje should be that!
Emre Mor – Turkey
Much like Marcus Rashford, Mor burst onto the scene late in the season for FC Mitdylland in the Danish league, and since then has earned a move to Dortmund. Dubbed ‘The Turkish Messi’ he has a very direct style of running, great skills and an eye for goal. He might not be a starter, but certainly an impact sub! Amazingly he was released by Lyngby before he signed for Midtylland, and then moved on for £5m to Dortmund.
Ante Coric – Croatia
Coric is a 19 year old attacking midfielder/winger who plays for the Croatian production line that is Dinamo Zagreb. He had a spell in the Salzburg youth system before going back to Croatia. 10 goals in 67 league games, as well as a handful of assists and goals in the Europa League – the lad is a prestigious talent who will be playing in a top league very soon! He has the lot – skills, pace, direct running and an eye for goal. Might well start on the wing for Croatia in this competition. According to the media, West Ham have bid £10m for his services!
Victor Lindelof – Sweden
Lindelof only recently broke into the Sweden squad, with just 3 caps. He has also appeared only a few dozen times for Benfica, and nearly 100 for Benfica B – however he has impressed to such an extent that he has been linked to Barcelona and Real Madrid, while his buyout clause has been increased to £35m. Tipped to be a star for many years to come – this could be the beginning of a huge summer for him!
Alexandr Golovin – Russia
In an ageing Russian side, Golovin is one of very few bright sparks that can make something happen out of nothing. His change of pace, direct running and intricate passing has made him a man of interest to scouts around the globe. At just 20, he is keeping Roman Shirokov out of the CSKA first team and is pushing for a place in the Russian senior side after 2 goals in his first 3 caps. One for England to keep an eye on as he is a sensation!
Ladislav Krejci – Czech Republic
Krejci has been part of Sparta Prague’s first team for nearly 7 years now, which means he was starting games at the age of 16! At 23, he is now an experienced player with over 150 club games and over 30 goals in all competitions. A wide-man by trade, he like some of the above possesses great pace, trickery and an eye for goal, and for an ageing Czech side will inject some much needed youth and exuberance. I’m not sure how much longer he will stay in the Czech league, but if I were a manager in England, maybe even the Championship – I’d be asking how much they want for him!
Leroy Sane – Germany
Last but not least – the latest in a long line of German prodigy’s. Another winger with great pace and direct running, he is a potential starter in a German side that has only picked one recognised right winger – him! Karim Bellarabi was the obvious choice to take but for some reason he has been left at home. Sane has been a regular for Schalke this season and has impressed greatly in European competition. With 9 goals in 42 games in the 15/16 season, and many assists, he is a wanted man and one who could surprise a few people for Germany this summer!
All are fairly young, and should feature heavily – and I think all will make an impact!
Very much looking forward to seeing these in action.