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: Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado
DoB: November 20th, 1996 (19)
Nationalities: Congolese, Swiss
Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-Box Midfielder
Height: 1, 91m
Club: BSC Young Boys, Swiss Super League
Club Career Record: 52 Games, 4 Goals, 2 Assists
National Team Record: 2 Caps
The Grand Stand View
Industrious midfield general’s seem to always make their mark in football, regardless of the age we live in; the need for players that can be as physically imposing as they are technically adept increases with the pace & physicality of the game. A team seems to benefit from having at least one player that can compete for and win a majority of their aerial challenges, while offering that much needed bite and tenacity to the squad. Young Denis Zakaria is one such footballer, one of those special big men that come around relatively scarcely; extremely mobile and energetic despite his lanky and imposing frame, the Swiss lad has all the tools to excel at the elite level and outplay his far more experienced counterparts.
A towering young defensive minded footballer who reads the game very well, while being blessed with the engine to keep running and making his presence felt for 90 minutes, Denis has steadily built a reputation for himself as a no-nonsense defender that puts himself about while also being capable of picking out a pass or two. The hard-running and extremely versatile defender brings a determination to his game that, when fused with all his physical & technical gifts, combine to make for one extremely combative defender who can dominate in the air and on the ground with relative ease.
Defending set-pieces very well and aiming to nick something off of attacking set-plays has served many a smaller side well when they’ve needed to get positive results out of tight games, an asset like Denis Zakaria goes a long way to ensuring that a side has the best possible chance for achieving all those desire outcomes or even exceeding them. In Zakaria, Switzerland possess a promising young footballer who could play a pivotal role for their senior national team in the years to come; the Swiss will be praying that his positive effect begins at EURO 2016.