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: September 30th, 1996 (19)
PoB: Zürich, Switzerland
Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Ball-Playing Defender, Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Winning Midfielder (Right, Centre)
Height: 1, 88m
Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Club Career Record: 81 Games, 1 Goal, 6 Assists
National Team Record: 1 Cap
The Grand Stand View
Switzerland have long promised to develop a central defender that has the ability to be ranked amongst the elite players in his position; the glimpses we’ve seen from previous Swiss centre backs seems to have culminated in the Swiss finally getting it right and breeding a footballer who has shown signs of having what it takes to be one of the best defenders the nation has ever produced. Nico Elvedi is quickly establishing himself as a hot prospect whose future in the game looks exceedingly bright.
A promising youth international that worked his way up the Swiss national youth team ranks and earned a shot with senior national team after impressing at club level, Nico is an extremely competitive defender who is blessed with good pace to compliment his all action approach to defending. A physically well-built lad who combines physicality with good anticipation of match situations and good timing in the tackle, Elvedi is well adept at playing a covering role or being deployed as the stopper who breaks out of the defensive line to retrieve the ball & nullify threats.
Competent utility defenders have always seemed to win extra points with gaffers, particularly when it comes to selection for tournament squads, where spaces a more limited and cover is required for multiple positions; Nico Elvedi will be a key defender for Switzerland, as he can play at centre-back or right-back, while also possessing the versatility to offer some tenacity in midfield if needed.