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: Paul Labile Pogba
DoB: March 15th, 1993 (23)
PoB: Lagny-sur-Marne, France
Nationalities: French, Guinean
Position/s: Ball-Winning Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker
Height: 1, 91m
Club: Juventus Football Club
Club Career Record: 206 Games, 37 Goals, 50 Assists
National Team Record: 31 Caps, 5 Goals, 4 Assists
The Grand Stand View
A thriving France side is almost always fully fitted with at least one industrious midfield general that dictates the flow of the game on both sides of the ball, Paul Pogba seems to be the man tasked with being “that guy” for this generation of Les Blues players. A natural born playmaker who is well versed in the art of playing on both sides of the ball, Pogba could hold the key to any success France may have; any side the he is in seems to play much better with him fit & firing.
A physically imposing footballer with brilliant match reading abilities and the technical skills to execute what he sees very well, Pogba is a marvel to watch when he is in the heart of the pitch, making grown men look like his peers as he looks to impose himself on the game. An assist machine of note, the midfield general will look to use make use of his great passing skills to set-up his attacking teammates, who can score goals when they get good service regularly.
The hopes of the nation can be said to be on the shoulders of a young man that seems to thrive off being placed in a situation where he has to react and show his mantle; the pressure of being the pivotal cog in a side that is expected to do well will drive Paul Pogba on to put on a great show in his home country. The speculation regarding his club future may also serve as increased incentive to show his class for any scouts and managers who may be watching; yet the biggest incentive will be to prove to some doubters, if they remain, that he deserves to be spoken of amongst the best in the game today.