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: Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu
DoB: May 7th, 1993 (23)
PoB: Cricău, Alba Lulia, Romania
Position/s: Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 70m
Club: FC Steaua Bucureşti
Club Career Record: 192 Games, 33 Goals, 31 Assists
National Team Record: 6 Caps, 4 Goals
The Grand Stand View
Romanian footballers may not resonate quickly with some younger members of the Millennial Generation, and the last very good one to play regularly at the elite level didn’t cover himself in much glory when all was said and done. The opportunity has been presented for redemption of sorts in the mould of a gifted footballer that could be one of the best talents of his generation. The eyes of the football world will be on The Little Maestro, a footballer who seems to have been born to play at the elite level; Romania will be praying that Nicolae Stanciu can put in the calibre of performances he’s capable of on such a grand stage.
Nicolae “Nicuşor” Stanciu is an outrageously talented footballer; gifted with the ability to dribble himself out of a crowded rock concert and the agility to twist or turn on a coin, The Little Maestro will be the man Romania look to for creative inspiration and that spark of brilliance that could spur his teammates on. Capable of creating chances or bagging a couple of goals for himself, the playmaking genius will be looking to announce his name on the International scene after already proving that he belongs in the senior national team side on the back some impressive showings for Tricolorii since making his debut.
The diminutive playmaker will remind some purists of another great Romanian star who also played for Steaua Bucureşti in his heyday, Stanciu will be hoping to emulate Gheorghe Hagi by orchestrating the offense for his national team in a major international tournament and establish himself as one of the finest midfield players of his generation, and possibly one of the best players Romania has produced. A good tournament could see Nicuşor catch the eye of more scouts and coaches that are looking to add players with that x-factor to their respective club sides for the season ahead, the future looks bright for the Romanian star.