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!
Full Name: Mykyta Ruslanovych Shevchenko
DoB: January 26th, 1993 (23)
PoB: Horlivka, Ukraine
Height: 1, 87m
Club: FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Club Career Record: 61 Games, 54 Goals Conceded, 26 Clean Sheets
National Team Record: N/A
The Grand Stand View
Lanky shot stoppers have become the order of the day in modern football; a keeper that is able to dominate aerially, while having the agility to also get down and make saves, has become a must have for most professional sides. Mykyta Shevchenko may have the last name of a great Ukrainian forward, but he also has all the attributes required to become one of the better goalkeepers to come out of Ukraine in recent years.
Known to many as “The Wall”, Mykyta Shevchenko earned his stripes out on loan at fellow Ukrainian Premier League side, Zorya Lugansk, and his great performances have seen him get the nod as one of the3 keepers in the EURO 2016 squad. A very agile and composed goalkeeper, Mykyta uses great positioning and excellent reflexes to get into the right positions to make the swashbuckling stops he seems to enjoy pulling off so much. Despite his tender years, for a goalkeeper, Shevchenko has gradually displayed a level of maturity that affords his backline an increased level of confidence in their last line of defence. The gifted young keeper has also earned a reputation for himself as something of a penalty saving exert, who knows how to get in the mind of opposition spot-kick takers and bluff them into often missing their kicks, or having them saved by The Wall.
A breakthrough campaign out on loan has placed him in the best possible position to stake his claim for a starting role between the poles for club and country; the onus is now in him to take any opportunity granted with both hands and feet, as he seeks to establish himself as one of the top young keepers to watch out for in European football. The future looks exceedingly bright for Mykyta Shevchenko, as he has all the physical, technical and mental tools needed to compete and excel at the elite level.