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: September 20th, 1993 (22)
PoB: Gladbeck, Germany
Position/s: Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Attacking Midfielder, Trequartista (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 87m
Club: VfL Wolfsburg
Club Career Record: 201 Games, 38 Goals, 37 Assists
National Team Record: 21 Caps, 1 Goal, 2 Assists
The Grand Stand View
Gifted footballers are hard to come by, so for a nation like Germany to have so many talented footballers, often fighting for the same positions, is a rarity that we often only see once per generation. Many might elude to how Brazil & Spain have proven it possible previously, and how Belgium possess the potential to do so now; yet Germany have found a way to create a seemingly sustainable pipeline of gifted players with the ability to step up at the elite level and afford the nation with the perfect platform to build a dynasty of sorts on the international football scene.
One of the talented lads to have come through the German youth ranks and often shown signs of great promise is Julian Draxler; an almost enigmatic footballer who has the ability to create artworks with his feet and makes a habit of scoring goals at a good rate while doing so. A gifted footballer blessed with great technical attributes and a level of creativity that allows him to fully utilise those talents, Julian seems to be at that crossroads many wunderkinder reach during their development, it is now time for potential to start steadily translating into a level of ability that brings about consistent performances, that are befitting of his class as a player.
Julian Draxler is a player that was long touted as a wunderkind, the abundance of talent and potential he has often defies the output we see from him on some outings; the time has come for him to start fulfilling that potential and firmly establishing himself as a key player for the nation, and cementing himself as an elite talent in the football realm. For all the attacking talent Germany have, a regular source of goals is badly needed going forward; Arsène Wenger was once rumoured to want Draxler at London Colney, with the view of converting him into a centre forward, like he did with Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie before. Julian Draxler may just have the attributes and class to actually develop into that player for Germany, hopefully earning himself a key role in the team through the process.