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: Aleksandr Sergeyevich Golovin
DoB: May 30th, 1996 (20)
PoB: Kaltan, Russia
Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 80m
Club: CSKA Moscow, Russian Premier League
Club Career Record: 33 Games, 3 Goals, 1 Assist
National Team Record: 6 Caps, 2 Goals
The Grand Stand View
Russia has a propensity for producing good young elite level midfield playmakers, for a nation that is not known for its great depth of attacking talent, the Golden Eagles have steadily churned out some impressive midfielders over the years, and that trend seems to have continued in Aleksandr Golovin. A youth level star for club and country, Golovin is a promising young footballer who is slowly building a reputation for himself at senior level after showing great signs of potential in the junior ranks.
A quintessential modern age deep-lying playmaker, Golovin uses his great vision and passing range to continually link-up his teammates and keep the ball ticking over for his side. Well versed in the art of picking out players with pinpoint direct passes, or switching it up with neat and intricate one-two touch passing carousels, Aleksandr is a technically gifted footballer who can be relied on to provide creative inspiration and accurate dead-ball delivery. Despite being relatively undersized to compete against some of the more robust players in midfield today, Golovin uses his great game reading ability and tireless running approach to offer good output on the defensive end as well.
The Russian team is packed to the rafters with seasoned professionals, many of whom may be participating in their last major international tournament, an energetic young talent like Golovin could be the spark they need to kick on and re-establish some pride in Russian football and sports as a whole. A great tournament for young Golovin will only see his stock rise even further as he continues to make good strides in the game; Russia will need to continue to nurture their young talent wisely, as the lad has the potential to develop into a central figure for them in years to come.