Youngsters Who Could Make a Name for Themselves at Euro 2020

Pedro Neto (Portugal)

Pedro Neto has been outstanding at Molineux this season. The Wolverhampton Wanderers wingers form could see him partner with Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix in attack at this year's Euro 2020 for Portugal, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes operating behind him.

Neto has been Wolves' standout player in the absence of Raul Jimenez, single-handedly winning points for Nuno Espirito Santo's team. The 20-year-old has more goal involvements (5G, 4A) than any other player under the age of 21 in the Premier League this season, besides Phil Foden, who is level with him on six goals and three assists.

The youngster could do damage for the current holders this summer in what is this tournament's 'group of death', with Germany, France, and Hungary occupying Group F.

Jamal Musiala (Germany)

After scoring his first goal in the Champions League for Bayern Munich against Lazio, Jamal Musiala has pledged his allegiance to Germany over England ahead of Euro 2020.

The 17-year-old has played a lot of football for the European champions this season and the former Chelsea academy star has played 20 games in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined, netting four goals. 

Despite Germany boss Joachim Löw having an abundance of attacking talent at his disposal, Musiala can play anywhere across the attack, and his versatility may be crucial to his inclusion chances. However, Bayern head coach Hansi Flick utilises Musiala as an inverted left-winger, with the youngster being better on his right foot.

Regardless, if he is playing for treble-winning Bayern, he clearly possesses the ability to more than play his part for the German national team and will likely be involved in the summer.

Alexander Isak (Sweden)

Alexander Isak has the biggest of boots to fill at this year's Euro 2020. The youngster has the unenviable task of replacing Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a man that netted 62 goals in 116 games for his country.

The 21-year-old has finally found his feet at Real Sociedad since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019. The 6'4 striker has managed 12 goals and two assists in just 20 La Liga appearances for Sociedad this season and looks all set to lead the line for Sweden this summer.

The Swede has five goals in 18 caps currently to his name since making his debut as a 17-year-old back in 2017. But with Isak finally maturing into the player he was once touted to be, you certainly wouldn't bet against him, adding to that in what is a competitive group stage for Sweden, where they face off against Spain, Poland, and Slovakia.

Eduardo Camavinga (France)

Eduardo Camavinga is one of the most exciting youngsters across Europe at the moment. The Stade Rennais midfielder, at the tender age of 18, has played in 23 out of the club's 25 Ligue 1 games this season.

The Frenchman has already been capped for Didier Deschamps world champions, becoming the youngest player to be called up since Rene Gerard in 1932. Camavinga managed two caps during the last international break for his country and impressed in both, even scoring an acrobatic overhead kick in a 7-1 victory against Ukraine.

The combative midfielder will be an outside bet to play at the Euro's this summer due to his tender age, but he has the quality to perform for the favourites if he gets called upon.   

Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden)

The second Swede to make this list is Dejan Kulusevski. Juventus paid €35m for the right-winger in January 2020 but immediately sent him out on loan to Parma for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

Since joining up with his parent club at the Allianz stadium, the 20-year-old has been a prominent feature in Andrea Pirlo's team, playing 30 times in all competitions and adding nine goal contributions in that time (5G, 4A).

Like Aleksander Isak, the winger looks all set to be a key figure in Janne Andersson's Sweden team this summer and could be one to keep an eye on in what is a tough group for the Swedes, who right now, possess a wealth of young options in their side.

Moise Kean (Italy)

Moise Kean had a torrid time during his one-year stay at Goodison Park, with its height coming at Old Trafford when he was substituted as a substitute by then caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson. Kean is still contracted to Everton, but after a brilliant year in France, the Italian might see his future elsewhere.

But since joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan in the summer, the Italian has been a revelation up top alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. The 20-year-old has scored 16 goals in 30 appearances in Paris and even netted in the 4-1 demolition of Barcelona at the Nou Camp last week.

With Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile being the youngster's two main rivals for a start, Kean will have to maintain his PSG form until the end of the season. But if he does get a starting birth for Roberto Mancini's team, he could be their star man with the Italians facing a modest group of Wales, Turkey, and Switzerland.

Ferran Torres (Spain)

Ferran Torres has had a stop-start time at Manchester City so far, but the 20-year-old Spaniard clearly possesses the talent to succeed at the Etihad and he's shown glimpses of brilliance thus far.

The winger has played 25 times for City this season, with eight goals and three assists to his name, a good return considering a large part of these appearances have come from the bench. Despite his indifferent start at City since arriving from Valencia, Torres could well be a wildcard for Spain this summer. 

The Spaniard has already showcased his talent to national team boss Luis Enrique with his performance against Germany in the last round of international fixtures. Torres managed to notch an impressive hat-trick in the 6-0 tanking of the Germans, which could well see him be a strong contender for a starting birth in Enrique's team.

Phil Foden (England)

This season has been a real standout year for City youth product Phil Foden, who now looks a key asset to Pep Guardiola's side that looks on course to win absolutely everything.  

The Stockport-born Phil Foden has already played 32 times for his boyhood club in all competitions this season, contributing 11 goals and six assists in that time, and he's seemingly replaced Silva-esque hole in the squad.

The silky midfielder will have to keep up the excellent form, though with the likes of James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount all competing for a spot, Foden may still need to do a little more to secure a starting role. If the City man does start for England, he could be fundamental to the team's success, with the Three Lions coming up against Croatia, Czech Republic, and rivals Scotland in their group.

Myron Boadu (the Netherlands

Myron Broadu is a pacy centre-forward who plies his trade for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Erevedise, where he has been picking up many admirers, including AC Milan and previously, Ronald Koeman, who gave the youngster his first and only cap.

The 20-year-old has an impressive record in all competitions for Alkmaar, scoring 28 and assisting a further 15 throughout the past two seasons. The forward was rewarded for his impressive form in 2019 with his first cap for the Dutch national team back in 2019, a game in which Broadu scored the fifth and final goal against Estonia.

Despite being unlikely to start in the tournament, the youngster could be an excellent option to have off the bench with his pace and a keen eye for a goal if Frank De Boer presents him with an opportunity.

By Harry Charlwood


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