There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!
Full Name: Anthony Joran Martial
DoB: December 5th, 1995 (20)
PoB: Massy, France
Nationalities: French, Guadeloupian
Position/s: Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward, Poacher (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 81m
Club: Manchester United Football Club
Club Career Record: 123 Games, 32 Goals, 15 Assists
National Team Record: 9 Caps, 3 Assists
The Grand Stand View
The creative hopes of France rest mainly on a young man that they have earmarked as one of their next big global superstars, Anthony Martial has had a meteoric rise to prominence in the last 24 months and his star only continues to rise with each assured performance on the field. The expected burden of a heavy price tag seems to have been turned into motivation to live up to the billing of his big move, one can expect the youngster to keep playing with that determined look in his eye and that cool ice in his veins.
An electric footballer with good technical skills and a keen eye for goal, Martial has already made his name known to many football lovers worldwide, with his composure on the field ensuring that his acclimatisation to higher level football has been an almost seamless one. One has become accustomed to getting a thrill when Martial is on the ball or off on a run, the raw talent is evident for all to see, one can only wonder what the finished article might resemble. Thierry Henry perhaps?
The onus is now on the youngster to make his mark on the International scene, where he can help lead his country to an impressive showing on home soil. While Martial may not be looked at as the sole goal outlet for Les Blues, his creativity and attacking industry will be heavily relied on if France are to put in the showings they are well capable of. If France do play to their potential, this could be Martial’s international coming out party and the start of another good spell of dominance for France on the international scene.