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 8th, 1995 (20)
PoB: Bad Aibling, Germany
Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Box-To-box Midfielder
Height: 1, 87m
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Club Career Record: 114 Games, 4 Assists
National Team Record: 1 Cap
The Grand Stand View
The last notable TSV 1860 Munich youth team graduate to sign for Borussia Dortmund may have went on to have a notable career after his move, but Sven Bender has been unable to translate his great ability and club form into regular national team appearances over the years; Julian Weigl now has the opportunity to go one better, by using Sven’s situation as a learning aid and a source of motivation on his footballing journey.
Fresh off the back of an impressive breakthrough season at club level, where he played an astonishing 51 games for BVD in his 1st campaign with the club, Julian Weigl is a young talent whose star is on the rise for a reason; a German youth international of high regard, the lad is beginning to make a name for himself as one of the best young defensive minded midfielders in the game today. Far more than just a tireless midfielder that runs his socks off for the side, Julian combines sound defensive awareness and dexterity with great ball control and an impressive passing range, to make for a quintessential modern-age defensive midfield player. Well versed in the art of positioning himself well on both sides of the ball, Julain Weigl seems to always be in a good position to intercept play or find the space to make himself open for the relief pass in midfield, making him an asset for any team. While his slight frame often leads to him looking like he could get overrun when going in to tackle more physical opponents, the lad is courageous and smart on the defensive end, which often leads to him winning more duels than he looks like he should do.
Germany have a wealth of talent in the midfield positions, for Julian to work his way into contention for the side, and even make the trip to France, is a great testament to the impressive work he has put in to get to the level where he can display his skills for a global audience. EURO 2016 will be a learning curve for many, including young Julian Weigl, a talented lad who will be hoping for more exposure to such illustrious international competitions as he continues his development into yet another elite level German football star.