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: January 11th, 1996 (20)
PoB: Essen, Germany
Nationalities: French, German
Position/s: Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Attacking Midfielder, Trequartista, Advanced Forward, Poacher (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 84m
Club: FC Schalke 04
Club Career Record: 57 Games, 13 Goals, 8 Assists
National Team Record: 3 Caps
The Grand Stand View
Every so often, a supremely gifted wunderkind comes out from relative obscurity, to establish themselves as one of the most talented players of their generation. For a myriad of reasons, scouting networks can often find it had to keep tabs on all the young guns to watch out for; the lads that do fall through the cracks, often make even more of a splash when they do begin to showcase their ability, due to that air of mystique around their rise to prominence. Leroy Sané is one such player, a German youth international who has seen his star continually rise over the last 2 seasons, the wunderkind is now well on track to establish himself as a fixture in the senior national team setup for years to come.
Fresh off a brilliant 1st full season with Schalke 04, Leroy Sané showcased regular glimpses of his undeniable potential and finished the campaign with 8 goals & 6 assists as he helped lead his side to 5th place, and a EUFA Europa League spot in his breakthrough campaign. The left-footed magician is something of a marvel to watch when he’s on the ball, blessed with a great burst of pace and the anticipation to get into the best possible positions to utilise his mobility, Leroy is perfectly suited for the fast paced nature of modern football . A technically well-rounded footballer, Leroy Sané brings a level of creativity and skill that can visibly improve any team the lad plays on; a hard-working creative player, Leroy uses his great movement and positioning on both sides of the ball, pressing well and creating different problems for opposition sides.
Leroy is still a rough diamond that needs polishing in many ways, while he has developed an end-product in the way of goals and a couple of assists, the lad will need to work on improving his final pass and effecting the outcome of games even more, as he has the ability to develop into a game-winning player. Germany have a plethora of good attacking players, yet Leroy Sané offers traits that make him stand apart from his peers; a versatile creative player who can also put in a shift upfront, Leroy Sané is a wunderkind we can expect t see more of in the years o come.