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: July 8th, 1993 (22)
PoB: Korçë, Albania
Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker
Height: 1, 70m
Club: PAOK FC, Greek Superleague
Club Career Record: 164 Games, 7 Goals, 12 Assists
National Team Record: 16 Caps, 2 Goals, 1 Assist
The Grand Stand View
The double pivot made has experienced a form of resurgence in the now almost staple 3-man midfields we see most teams prefer; for a team to flourish deploying the double-pivot, there needs to be at least one good two-way player that ensures continuity on both sides of the ball, to create a balance between the three midfielders. Ergys Kaçe is one of the finer examples of how to play in the double-pivot today; technically able to dictate attacking move from deep or break them up with timely tackles, the Albanian starlet will be a key player for his nation on all fronts.
An energetic industrious midfielder who combines his all-action game with a touch of class, Ergys Kaçe is a player who can pass the ball with the best of them and his overall positional game is well suited for the geggen-pressing modern age. Ergys is a tireless workhorse that is skilled in the art of making himself available for the open relief pass, while always having the legs to make the run in beyond defenders to create space for his teammates and stretch the opposition defensive lines, traits that make for a very good asset to have in a modern age midfield.
The bulk of the action in most games remains in midfield, where losing the battle is almost always a gateway to losing the war; Kaçe will have to bring his a-game to the Championship if Albania seeks to stand a chance of hanging with some of the best nations in Europe. The Albanian quarterback is a far cry from your atypical sitting midfield player, his ability to win the ball and distribute it well marks him as a footballer to watch in a hardworking team that will be hard to break down; one would like to believe that any success Albania have in France will have Ergys Kaçe at the heart of it all.