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: May 12th, 1995 (21)
PoB: Sieradz, Poland
Position/s: Advanced Forward, Poacher
Height: 1, 83m
Club: Ruch Chorzów
Club Career Record: 96 Games, 22 Goals, 11 Assists
National Team Record: 3 Caps
The Grand Stand View
The natural progression of players up the youth ranks is one many nations have tried to ingrain within their football structures for decades; the competitive nature of football today, has necessitated the need for nations to actively look to better their scouting and development of young players, if they seek to enjoy any type of meaningful success at the international level. Mariusz Stępiński is a potential laden young forward that impressed many with his displays at the 2012 UEFA European u-17 Championship in Slovenia, where his Poland side were knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual runners-up Germany, led by tournament golden boy Max Meyer.
An instinctive finisher who is very much reminiscent of the old-school Pipo Inzaghi-esque poachers, Mariusz Stępiński is a talented young forward who is blessed with great off-the-ball movement, to get into excellent scoring positions, and cause a constant danger to opposition defenders. Despite his relatively tender years of experiance as an elite level footballer, Stępiński displays a great level of composure and maturity in front of goal. Blessed with a good degree of agility, and the ability to turn with the ball and run at defenders with pace, Mariusz Stępiński has all the tools to develop into a very reliable goal threat in the years to come.
Poland can be accused of having more forwards than they can field at any given time, yet the strength of their depth in attack is the envy of many nations; a gifted footballer like Mariusz Stępiński can benefit greatly from having a less pressurised environment around him at the senior international level, as he seeks to find his way. Playing alongside a great forward like Robert Lewandowski will only make Maruisz better in the long run, his scope for growth will see him only continue to grow with time invested to his craft; there is great expectancy in Poland that Mariusz Stępiński will go some ways to emulating, or even eclipsing some of the great feats Lewandowski has already accomplished, with due reason as well.