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: Bamidele Jermaine All
DoB: April 11th, 1996 (20)
PoB: Milton Keynes, England
Nationalities: English, Nigerian
Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Winger, Inside Forward (Left/Right/Centre)
Height: 1, 88m
Club: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Club Career Record: 134 Games, 34 Goals, 26 Assists
National Team Record: 9 Caps, 1 Goal, 1 Assist
The Grand Stand View
The breakout of a number of young players in English football has heralded something of a renaissance for the Three Lions, just as many English fans are still licking their wounds from previous international tournaments, where the Golden Generation 1.0 failed to live up to their lofty expectations. The rise of a rare talent like Dele Alli has even made many begin to question if an over-reliance on players from top academies and clubs, has lead to England overlooking good players who starred for smaller sides in the past, or were developed at some of the lesser fashioned institutions.
The talent and potential of Alli are undeniable; a footballer that isn’t typically “English” in his playing style by any stretch of the imagination, the leggy midfielder has the engine to run non-stop for 90 minutes without losing much of his industry of diminishing his influence on a game. Something of a rarity in modern football, Dele is a goal-scoring and chance creating midfielder who can also put himself about, putting in challenges with the same ease and determination on both sides of the ball, although he does sometimes seem to be careless in some instances. We may have all seen flashes of his petulant and more immature side in the season gone by, but the increased responsibility of becoming a key player for club & country, in only a matter of months, will help assist in maturing the youngster at a steady rate that allows him to keep growing as a footballer.
Dele now has the perfect opportunity to repay the faith many have invested in him, by helping this Golden Generation 2.0 go further than their predecessors, and bring some success to a hungry and demanding fan base. The versatility and tenacity of Alli will add bite and flexibility to a side that is yet to fully play its best XI on a consistent basis; England will be looking at Dele to translate his club scoring form into some important goals for the Three Lions at EURO 2016.