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 11th, 1995 (21)
PoB: Žiar nad Hronom, Slovakia
Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Ball-Playing Defender, Stopper Defender, Cover Defender (Left/Centre)
Height: 1, 89m
Club: U.C. Sampdoria
Club Career Record: 104 Games, 13 Goals, 2 Assists
National Team Record: 2 Caps
The Grand Stand View
Modern football has made nearly every active football mind become even more infatuated with attempting to find the best possible way to strike a balance between good offensive play and solid defensive structure. One of the ways many seek to explore is having a naturally left-footed left-sided central defender to add balance when it comes to distributing and clearing the ball from the back, a tactic that has seen the need for gifted left-footed defenders increase exponentially over the past couple of years.
Milan Škriniar is one of those players that would understandably have scouts running the rule over him a couple of times, looking to assess just how is all comes together to make for one truly promising young defender. Blessed with a towering frame that makes him imposing just by appearance alone, Milan combines his size with a well balanced approach to marking and tackling that make for a tough defender that can bully opponents about for fun when he gets going. When one considers his frame, a lack of mobility would be understandably expected, yet Milan Škriniar is gifted with good mobility and agility to manoeuvre himself about and get into position to make recovery challenges well, after being dragged out of position by a more nimble attacking player.
In Milan Škriniar, Slovakia has a gifted young defender that can develop into a long-term heir apparent for the now aging Martin Škrtel, who has served the nation well over the past decade. Milan now has an opportunity to develop alongside Škrtel and learn the tricks of the trade at international level form a seasoned professional, while acclimatising to the demands of being a leader in that Slovakia defence, something he has the potential to be in the years to come.