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: Arlind Afrim Ajeti
DoB: September 25th, 1993 (22)
PoB: Basel, Switzerland
Nationalities: Albanian, Swiss
Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Ball-Playing Defender, Stopper Defender, Cover Defender (Right/Centre)
Height: 1, 84m
Club: Frosinone Calcio, Italian Serie A
Club Career Record: 124 Games, 4 Goals, 2 Assists
National Team Record: 9 Caps, 3 Assists
The Grand Stand View
As modern football advances into the new age, the requirements for players in certain positions alter and are redefined with each new development or tweak in style of play; the high-pressing game has nictitated the need for defenders that are as mobile as they are physical, while also requiring more out of them technically too. Arlind Ajeti ticks all three boxes, and brings an extra bit of aggression to the mix, to make for one combative & consistent defender that adds steel and guile to his team on the defensive end.
A well balanced footballer with the versatility to play across the defensive line and be relied on to put in a wholehearted shift, Arlind is the type of player coaches love to have on their side when it’s time to go into battle. Naturally determined and driven to succeed, Ajeti has fought to establish himself as a reputable footballer who promises to have a good career in the game, and the drive is evident in his full-blooded approach to playing the beautiful game with the passion it deserves to be played.
Albania will be looking to Arlind to help keep the defence shored up, alongside his fellow defenders, the Swiss born defensive lynchpin will need to call upon all his powers of defending to ensure that he and his cohorts defend accordingly and afford their nation with the best possible chance of pulling off the upsets they have dreamt of coming into the Championship. A free agent at the end of the month, Arlind Ajeti could see himself earning a move to a bigger club off the back of some inspired showings in France, where many scouts will be coming with the sole purpose of looking to unearth a rough diamond to polish.