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: Piotr Sebastian Zieliński
DoB: May 20th, 1994 (22)
PoB: Ząbkowice Śląskie, Poland
Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker
Height: 1, 80m
Club: Udinese Calcio
Club Career Record: 86 Games, 5 Goals, 11 Assists
National Team Record: 16 Caps, 3 Goals, 2 Assists
The Grand Stand View
Major international tournaments have long been seen as a great shop window for scouts, managers and directors of football to scout and sign new players to add to their sides going into the new season; the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship has proven to be no different, and one of the players to have already seen his stock rise due to the tournament is Piotr Zieliński. An extremely talented young midfield schemer with great potential, and an ever growing resume in one of the toughest leagues for foreign young players to come through the ranks, and get a fair crack at the elite level.
A natural passer of the ball, Piotr Zieliński is a gifted midfield playmaker that possesses a great first touch, which allows him time & space on the ball to execute one of his vast arrays of incisive passes or through-balls. Zieliński is blessed with an outstanding ability to read the game well and position himself in the best possible openings to receive the ball, and be able to lay it off to a better positioned teammate; a seemingly simple trait that offers great continuity in the creation of attacking moves, and offers a reliable outlet for the ball when players are under pressure from opponents in the pressing game. Creativity and class come standard in this industrious young midfield general in the making, Piotr Zieliński has all the tools required to develop into a consistent source of creative inspiration, passing accuracy and all-round effective midfield play in the deep-lying playmaker position, or further up the field as an out and out no:10.
Playing professional football in a tough league like the Serie A has toughened Piotr Zieliński up quite a lot, the lad is unafraid to get stuck in on the defensive side of the ball, and his toughness can often prove to be a major factor in midfield battles when he’s deployed in the double-pivot. Zieliński was rumoured to be wanted by Bayern Leverkusen & Liverpool as a 14 year old protégé, the Reds have renewed their interest in him after his continued growth over the years, it may be a matter of weeks before that transfer story comes full circle, with a move to Merseyside said to be eminent.