UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch; Bartosz Kapustka, Poland

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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!

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Poland

#21

Bartosz Kapustka

Bio

DoB: December 23rd, 1996 (19)

PoB: Tarnów, Poland

Nationalities: Poland

Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Winger, Inside Forward, Trequartista (Left/Right/Centre)

Height: 1, 79m

Club: KS Cracovia

Club Career Record: 63 Games, 8 Goals, 12 Assists

National Team Record: 10 Caps, 2 Goals, 2 Assists

The Grand Stand View

The pace and sheer intensity of football today has made it a tad bit harder for good young players to swiftly acclimatise to playing at a higher level, after making the step up from the youth ranks; it has become even easier to spot an elite level ready talent once they are thrown into the deep end with the big fish, due to the more competitive nature of the game today. Watching a young lad mix in with much older, and far more seasoned peers is personally inspiring, football can often be a great reminder of how true talent has no limitations regarding age or experience.

Bartosz Kapustka is one of those outrageously gifted young players that step up to playing football at the elite level, and look as if they have been playing there their whole entire lives. A young creative midfielder, whose undeniable ability from a tender age saw him quickly progress up the youth ranks to the senior level setup for club & country, Bartosz Kapustka is a natural born trequartista who feels at home with the ball glued to his foot, where he can use his great technical gifts to manipulate it as he sees fit. A naturally instinctive player that is comfortable playing within that little pocket of space between midfielders and defenders; Bartosz combines a great football brain, with sound passing ability, to keep himself involved in the creation of play and afford himself the best possible platform to better influence proceedings to the benefit of his side.

Gifted young playmakers are known to be a high commodity in football, for many obvious reasons, including the rarity of such highly demanded talents; Bartosz Kapustka has already been tipped as one of the finest Polish players of his generation, such lavish praise will only seek to drive up his value and create an increased level of expectation around a player, who has impressed many in his relatively short time as a professional footballer. Poland will do well to nature such a precocious young footballer into the world-beating playmaker he promises to be in years to come, the future looks exceedingly bright for Bartosz Kapustka, a lad that was born to create and score goals for fun.

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UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch; Piotr Zieliński, Poland

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#TheTalentScout

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!

#YoungGunToWatch

Poland

#19

Piotr Zieliński

Bio

Full Name: Piotr Sebastian Zieliński

DoB: May 20th, 1994 (22)

PoB: Ząbkowice Śląskie, Poland

Nationality: Polish

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.

UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch; Mariusz Stępiński, Poland

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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!

#YoungGunToWatch

Poland

#13

Mariusz Stępiński

Bio

DoB: May 12th, 1995 (21)

PoB: Sieradz, Poland

Nationality: Polish

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.

UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch; Karol Linetty, Poland

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#TheTalentScout

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!

#YoungGunToWatch

Poland

#8

Karol Linetty

Bio

DoB: February 2nd, 1995 (21)

PoB: Żnin, Poland

Nationality: Polish

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.