Euro 2020: BraggsSports has put together the 25 young players to watch from each team going into the Euro 2020 tournament in Italy
The world is waiting for the next generation of superstars, so could someone surprise us and emerge this summer?
Not many of the 622 players who could feature at Euro 2020 could be classed as total unknowns, but there will be some unfamiliar faces hoping that this is their breakout tournament in the way the 2018 World Cup was for France’s Kylian Mbappe.
Here, BraggsSports have picked out 25 (two from Sweden) young players from around each and every participating team in Euro 2020 who are worth watching this summer.
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One to watch: Nico Elvedi (Switzerland)
24-year-old CB who has been impressive in Borussia Mönchengladbach for several seasons and attracted interests from bigger clubs. A defender who falls under the category “passive” rather than the opposite, could get his big international breakthrough.
One to watch: Manuel Locatelli (Italy)
Starter or not, this guy will get minutes and when he’s given minutes he’s good. Has been brilliant with Sassuolo all season.
One to watch: Yusuf Yazici (Turkey)
The attacking midfielder hasn’t played a lot but when he’s on the pitch he makes sure to produce. Putting up brilliant numbers in both creation and shooting, making him the complete package.
One to watch: Ethan Ampadu (Wale)
Despite his young age he has been a regular part of the national side for 3-4 years. Played for a very bad Sheffield United this season but managed to showcase his talent either way. He Can play CB and CM.
One to watch: Mikkel Damsgaard (Denmark)
Hard working and intense winger who’s very good 1v1, can cause trouble for any defensive line. Doubt he’ll start but will be the perfect impact sub.
One to watch: Marcus Forss (Finland)
Young striker who was part of the recently promoted Brentford side without getting too many minutes. Performed when he played though and 0.65 G/A per 90 is impressive.
One to watch: Jeremy Doku (Belgium)
Rapid winger who’s brilliant 1v1 and very entertaining to watch. Already nicknamed the Dribble king. If he gets minutes he might be one of the standout youngsters of the tournament.
One to watch: Aleksandr Sobolev (Russia)
Basically Dzyuba-lite since he’s another tall (1.95m) target man. Had an even better goal per 90 average in the Russian league than Dzyuba this season but he’s initially a bench option here.
One to watch: Owen Wijndal (Netherland)
One of the best full-backs in Eredivisie with the attacking attributes as the standout traits, can turn into one of the big positive surprises of the tournament.
One to watch: Viktor Tsygankov (Ukrain)
Been linked to a top league move recently and it’s easy to understand why, one of the best attacking players in the Ukraine league with an output of at least 0.80 G/A per 90 for four consecutive seasons.
One to watch: Saša Kalajdžić (Austria)
200cm tall CF who’s coming from a brilliant season in Bundesliga. Great box striker and target man
One to watch: Eljif Elmas (North Macedonia)
Top scorer in the qualifiers and it’s no coincidence, the big prospect of the country. Well rounded midfielder.
One to watch: Jude Bellingham (England)
Teenage sensation who has been surprisingly good for Borussia Dortmund this season, does a bit of everything. Very all-round and will get minutes.
One to watch: Nikola Vlasic (Croatia)
Attacking player who has been talked up for a long time, and finally looks like a player ready to live up to his potential. Big goal threat, great dribbler and a chance creator. Might be one of the revelations of the summer.
One to watch: Che Adams (Scotland)
England born and played for the England U20’s but recently decided to represent another one of his eligible nations, Scotland. Solid Premier League striker who gives them a clear improvement in quality.
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One to watch: Adam Hlozek (Czech Republic)
18-year-old phenom who became top scorer in the Czech league with 15 goals despite only playing 50% of the games. 1.31 G/A per 90 is otherworldly and the big, big clubs are monitoring him, one of the most exciting players in the world in his age groupe One to watch: Adam Hlozek.
18-year-old phenom who became top scorer in the Czech league with 15 goals despite only playing 50% of the games. 1.31 G/A per 90 is otherworldly and the big, big clubs are monitoring him, one of the most exciting players in the world in his age group.
One to watch: Pedri (Spain)
The teenage sensation came from nowhere and lit up La Liga by being one of Barcelona’s best players this season, his hard-working profile combined with a creative mind makes him unique. Will definitely get minutes.
One to watch: Alexander Isak and Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden)
Sweden haven’t been spoiled with top prospects and when they now have two I had to choose both. Kulusevski is a play-driving creator who knows how to attack the box while Isak is an all-round striker.
One to watch: Jakub Moder (Poland)
The definition of an all-round CM. Great ball carrier, great progressive passer, wins a lot of ball and isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. Potential starter and a big prospect.
One to watch: Robert Bozenik (Slovakia)
Talented striker who was Slovakia’s top scorer during the qualifiers but has struggled to get significant minutes with Feyenoord, partly due to a lengthy injury. Wouldn’t expect him to do wonders here but a promising player who might impress a few times.
One to watch: Pedro Gonçalves (Portugal)
The big revelation during Sporting’s league winning campaign from his attacking midfield position. 23+3 in 30 90’s is brilliant.
One to watch: Jules Koundé (France)
Given that the squad consists of established stars it’s hard to find a prospect to look out for but in Koundé we’re coming pretty close, although he might be a top 10 CB in the world already. Brilliant player.
One to watch: Florian Neuhaus (Germany)
A progressive machine who makes sure to move the ball forward no matter what, both through carries and passes. Expect him to move to a top club within 1-2 years.
One to watch: Roland Sallai (Hungary)
With Szoboszlai out the choice was tough but Sallai, a RW from Freiburg, is coming from a good Bundesliga season and is expected to start here. Big goal threat and knows how to get shots off.