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 2nd, 1995 (21)
PoB: Żnin, Poland
Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward (Left/Right/Centre)
Height: 1, 76m
Club: Lech Poznań
Club Career Record: 112 Games, 11 Goals, 15 Assists
National Team Record: 10 Caps, 1 Goal
The Grand Stand View
A proud product of one of the most reputable and successful youth teams in Poland, the Lech Poznań Academy, one shouldn’t be surprised to note that Karol Linetty is being tipped as one of the hottest young midfielders to come out of Poland in a while. Geggen-pressing may have been dubbed the greatest playmaker in World Football by one of its key ambassadors Jurgen Klopp, yet the trend has not negated the need for a genuine playmaking midfielder, or three being deployed by any side looking to play to win more than they lose.
A gifted playmaker, who now brings some much needed balance to the good attacking and defensive talent the nation has been steadily producing over the past couple of years, Karol Linetty is a chance creating machine that always looks to play going forward, more often than not, at full tilt as well. There is much to admire about the manner in which Karol plays with his heart on his sleeve, and looks to get involved in play on both sides of the ball, a hard running creative midfielder seems to have become the new must-have commodity for any side looking to thrive playing a high pressing game. Well-versed in the art of looking for the pass first, Karol Linetty is an ideal candidate to play in any of the 3 playmaker positions, and still offer the same consistent supply of attacking opportunities for his teammates.
Poland have gradually begun to steadily develop elite level ready young footballers, that have the talent and drive to make a mark at the highest level; Karol Linetty has the potential to become another one of those players to take their game to the next level, while further elevating the standard of Polish football. If the lad can keep up his great development, and translate his potential into more displays of elite level readiness, Karol could see himself earning a move to one of the bigger leagues in Europe in the very near future.