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 8th, 1995 (21)
PoB: Rottweil, Germany
Position/s: Ball-Playing Defender, Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder
Height: 1, 76m
Club: FC Bayern Munich
Club Career Record: 92 Games, 3 Goals, 6 Assists
National Team Record: 1 Cap
The Grand Stand View
The powerhouse clubs in most leagues are known to snap up most of the talent within the nation, that trend is most evident in the German Bundesliga, where the bigger clubs freely scout and sign the best players from their rival clubs; one of the best proponents of this policy is FC Bayern Munich, who use their great resources to scout the best players in Germany and lure them to Bavaria. One of the latest success stories of this transfer policy is Joshua Kimmich, a talented young footballer who has shown glimpses of having what it takes to develop into a star midfielder in the years to come.
A seasoned youth international with caps from u/15 to u/21 level, Joshua Kimmich is an industrious young midfielder who is blessed with the engine to run his socks off in the middle of the park, constantly keeping his side ticking over with timely tackles or neat passes that often lead to attacking moves beginning on the transition, due to his influence on proceedings. A modern age concoction of the two double-pivot positions, Joshua Kimmich can easily operate as a holding midfielder or as a deep-lying playmaker while thriving in any system, due to his ability to position himself well to make interceptions, or avail himself for the outlet “relief” pass that allows the ball to keep circulating as his teammates get into better positions to attack the opposition. For a slightly built lad playing in a highly competitive area of the field, Joshua Kimmich makes up for his lack of physicality by reading the game well, and getting into the best possible positions to be effective for his team.
Germany is a nation blessed with outstanding footballers in every position, for a young lad like Joshua Kimmich to work his way up the ranks and achieve such great feats, en-route to earning a spot in one of the most competitive senior national teams in the football realm, is a testament to his great talent and determination to succeed. The tireless midfielder has done well to set the lofty standards he has set at the elite level, in such a short span of time, the onus will be on him to break through the next plateau and establish himself as a fixture in the senior national team n the coming years.