We are reaching the end of this season and, inevitably, teams around Europe and worldwide are preparing themselves for the summer transfer window. The focus for many will be on exciting prospects and young talents from around the globe. Here is a list of 13 talented African footballers who are going to be high on […]
It’s the summer, so it might feel as though football is over. But football is never over. Hot on the heels of the England’s triumph in the Under-2o World Cup in South Korea comes the European Under-21 Championship, held in Poland.
Current holders Sweden will face England in the group stages, while plenty of eyes will be on the next generation of the big hitters like Germany, Italy and Spain. But which players should you keep an eye out for during the tournament?
U21 Euros 2017 – 7 top young players to watch at the Under-21 European Championships 2017
Sandro Ramirez (Spain)
The ex-Barcelona forward could be plying his trade in the Premier League next season, if rumours linking him with a switch from Malaga to Everton prove true. The 21-year-old is expected to lead the line for Spain after netting 14 La Liga goals this season. 5 of those goals were from outside the box, so don’t be surprised if he pulls off the spectacular at some stage.
Marco Asensio (Spain)
The Real Madrid youngster has largely played the role of deputy to his more illustrious teammates this season, but has still made an impression at the Bernabeu. His chances for game time have been improved by a combination of injuries and Madrid competing on multiple fronts, and 37 appearances – with 7 goals – marks a good season for the former Mallorca man. A good tournament could ensure he remains in Zinedine Zidane’s thoughts for next season.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
The teenage keeper has been hailed by everyone as the heir apparent to Gianluigi Buffon – including the legend himself. The giant 18-year-old has already established himself as Milan’s undisputed number one and made his senior debut for the Italy senior side. His name could be in demand this summer after the news that he will not sign a new contract at the San Siro. Big clubs across Europe will be on the alert, and his transfer fee is likely to rise with every save he makes.
Mahmoud Dahoud (Germany)
The Syrian-born midfielder has made quite the impression in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, and is set to move to Borussia Dortmund for next season. He has been linked with Premier League clubs – particularly Chelsea and Liverpool – and they will get to see what they missed out on when the all-action midfielder lines up in a talented Germany side.
Renato Sanches (Portugal)
In summer 2016, the world was at Renato Sanches’ feet. Having sealed a big money move from Benfica in his homeland to Bayern Munich, he helped Portugal lift the Euro 2016 trophy. Since then, things haven’t quite run so smoothly. He struggled to impress in Munich, featuring just 25 times in all competitions and failing to register a single goal or assist. This summer, he will be hoping to get back on track with the Under-21s. Sanches clearly has the raw talent to succeed and he will be looking to prove to any watching Bayern fans that he can still be a success.
Patrik Schick (Czech Republic)
The Sampdoria forwards 11 Serie A goals for Sampdoria have caught the eye of the league’s giants, a move to Juventus is on the cards. The striker provides more than just goals and his technical ability makes up for what he might lack in pace. Czech Republic fans will be hoping that he can show some of his Serie A form in Poland to fire them further than many expect.
Tammy Abraham (England)
The young striker is one of three Chelsea kids in England‘s squad (alongside Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker) and all we hoping that a good tournament could open doors into the Chelsea first team for the coming season. The 19-year-old forward impressed on loan at Bristol City in the Championship, netting 23 league goals for a side that spent most of the season struggling. He will be a key man if England are to make their mark on the tournament.