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!
DoB: April 11th, 1993 (23)
PoB: Botoşani, Romania
Nationalities: Romanian, Spanish
Position/s: Advanced Forward, Poacher
Height: 1, 82m
Club: Córdoba CF
Club Career Record: 100 Games, 41 Goals, 8 Assists
National Team Record: 6 Caps, 1 Goal, 1 Assist
The Grand Stand View
As modern football gravitates towards the high-pressing game, the need for a mobile forward that is willing to run into channels and spread the opposition defence increases in parallel relation; the symbiotic relationship between mobile forwards and a high octane pressing game has lead to many successes for most teams that have done well in recent times. Romania have their own willing and capable outlet to unleash on teams at EURO 2016, Florin Andone could be the man to provide the goals that give Romania a shot at upsetting a few sides.
An energetic goal scoring machine with the determination to keep going even after missing chances, Andone comes into EURO 2016 hot off the back of a 21 goal club season and his appetite for goals will only serve his nation well if he gets the minutes and service on the field to work his magic. A natural finisher with good link-up play and the unselfishness to create chances for his teammates as well as craft shooting chances for himself, Florin has the skill set to lead the line for Romania and give them an outlet on the break while remaining a constant goal threat.
Romania aren’t being tipped to go too far in the tournament, that lack of expectation will allow a player like Andone to play with the freedom to express himself and showcase his ability on one of the grandest stages in World football. The UEFA European Championship is always a great shop window for players to market themselves and earn bigger moves, Florin Andone will already have a handful of scouts watching him after his good domestic season, a good couple of showings in France could see the interest and the market value increase for a man who knows how to score goals, something of a commodity in football regardless of the age we live in.