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: February 7th, 1995 (21)
PoB: Hausen am Albis, Switzerland
Nationalities: Albanian, Swiss
Position/s: Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward, Poacher (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 76m
Club: Everton Football Club
Club Career Record: 95 Games, 24 Goals, 5 Assists
National Team Record: 4 Caps, 1 Assist.
The Grand Stand View
Footballers with the natural ability to score and create goals with some frequency are always a high commodity for any side, the luxury of a reliable goal-threat affords a team with more scope to manoeuvre when it comes to tactic and personnel selection. Switzerland can rest assured knowing that they have a young man who has the ability to add another dimension to their attack, with his propensity to make something positive happen for his team, Shani Tarashaj has the all tools required to make the Swiss attack an even more potent one.
Capped from u/15 level, all the way to making his senior debut earlier this year in March, Shani is a seasoned youth international who has always shown an ability to score freely and shows signs of improvement with each passing season. A natural born finisher who remains composed on the ball and looks to place his shots in the classical centre forward manner, Shani Tarashaj combines his keen eye for goal with great mobility, positioning & awareness on the field to remain a constant menace to position defenders. Shani is well capable of playing upfront or out-wide, with is great positioning allowing him to switch effortlessly between the two roles without diminishing his positive effect on the team.
The EURO 2016 represents a great opportunity for Shani to establish himself as a key player for Switzerland moving forward, one would hope that some impressive showings put him in good stead when he returns to Everton and tries to win a spot in a squad that is now in the midst of a rebuilding phase. If Shani plays up to his potential, his stock could rise and that may be pivotal if Everton decide to go with different attacking players, by loaning him out again, as the look to refresh their squad under new gaffer Ronald Koeman.