The European Championships, every quadrennial provide a great showcase of the talent found around Europe.
With the field expanded to 24 teams for the first time in this year’s edition, the talent is more abound, and a lot of it youthful.
With many of the Premier League elite clubs bringing in new managers, the desire to put a stamp on the beginning of their tenure is high. A signing of an emerging star, who truly breaks out at the Euros 2016 would be a perfect way to do just that.
Which young stars can flourish in France and stamp their passport into England for the 2016-17 football season?
Leroy Sane’s, 20, move to Man City for a hefty sum of £40m is in the balance according to The Mirror.
Sane scored eight goals in 33 matches and also added six assists in the German top flight this past season with Schalke. He hasn’t made it onto the pitch in Germany’s first two games, but Sane should learn a lot from being around the experienced and talented club.
Sane is artistic with the ball, and while he’s raw, he’s still a top prospect. He won’t be the only one that might find a new home either, with all eyes focused on France.
Renato Sanches, 18, also will be adorning a new kit this upcoming season. After a promising season with Benfica of Portugal’s top flight, Sanches has inked with Bayern Munich. The centre midfielder has been getting subbed on in the nation’s friendlies, but if he can play well and expand his role, Sanches could form a tantalizing duo with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Breel Embolo might be the presence able to propel Switzerland into the later rounds. The 19 year-old had 10 goals in the Swiss Super League with FC Basel, and has three Super League titles in as many years. He’s been linked to Tottenham as well as Leipig in the Bundesliga. Embolo is considered one of the top prospects in Europe and has a market value of £15m.
Aleksander Golovin, 20, is another name that a myriad of clubs will be watching. The attacking midfielder is a game changer. He didn’t play much with CSKA Moscow, as is standard to give young players lesser roles in Russia, but became more of a frequent presence in the lineup in the latter half of the season. In six games with the Russian national team, Golovin has two goals. If Russia wants to escape the group stage, it might be dependent on if the Kaltan, Russia native produces.
It is well documented, the prowess of Hakan Calhanoglu, 22, when he is put on a set piece. The free-kick expert is well respected for his craft, having scored eight goals in 46 contests in the Bundesliga and other tournaments with his club, Bayer Leverkusen. The Turkish international, who has been linked to Liverpool, also added two goals in the friendlies leading up to the Euros. While improved, Turkey faces a tough draw with Spain and Croatia, especially after a loss to the latter.
A couple of timely set pieces, and goals, could help power Turkey to the knockout stage.
Some of the biggest stars to watch in this year’s Euros soon might be on display in England when the summer is all said and done.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!