The eight-team Underneath-19 European Championship is into the knockout rounds, with France taking over Israel and England dealing with Italy within the semifinals on Tuesday.
However which gamers have stood out throughout the group stage? And who has made a reputation for themselves? Our resident scout Tor-Kristian Karlsen takes a take a look at a few of the finest younger expertise from the match in Slovakia.
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Having already made a mark as a high-scoring ahead within the Rennes academy after which as an occasional influence substitute for the primary staff, the Chad-born winger was excellent — alongside together with his fellow two forwards Alan Virginius and Ange-Yoan Bonny — within the 5-0 win in opposition to Slovakia. Along with his direct working, dribbling and skill to beat an opponent, the left-footed winger scored a purpose and arrange two as France cruised to an enormous opening victory. Courtesy of his first-class off-the-ball working, the energetic 19-year-old additionally added a purpose in opposition to Romania and two within the win over Italy to complete the group stage with 5 from three video games. A high prospect who might be months away from a correct Ligue 1 breakthrough.
Membership: Le Havre
Probably the most talked-about gamers forward of the match, the enormous defender has confronted little hassle within the group stage. Along with his 6-foot-7 body, the 19-year-old cuts a little bit of an odd determine for a centre-back, but regardless of his huge dimension, he has effective command of his physique, is fairly agile and — maybe much more surprisingly — is each composed in possession (left-footed) and capable of advance with the ball into midfield. Whereas Toure — who ended the season as an everyday at Ligue 2 aspect Le Havre — tends to cope with no matter comes his approach within the air, he is additionally combative and a superb tackler. He’s now being tracked by a number of high golf equipment in Europe.
Membership: Fast Vienna
Although Demir’s temporary profession at Barcelona did not pan out — he featured in 9 aggressive video games for the Catalans earlier than his mortgage was cancelled and he returned to Fast Vienna in January — the left-footed playmaker has made a mark for Austria all through the match, regardless of the staff not functioning notably effectively. Sometimes left to hold an excessive amount of accountability on his younger shoulders, Demir has nonetheless showcased his beautiful turns, creativity, good shut management and intelligent soccer mind, notably when enjoying neat triangles and combos within the final third. He additionally confirmed an excessive amount of character as he saved grafting in opposition to a very dominant England aspect within the 2-0 defeat.
Membership: Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Gloukh was already on the radar of many scouts, having impressed at membership stage and stood out within the qualifying rounds of the Euros, however few anticipated that the Israeli would make such an influence. A mature, clever and technically good attacking midfielder — half No. 8, half No. 10, or inventive winger — he has gained many admirers together with his performances and discuss of a €10m transfer this summer time is gathering tempo. Laborious to dispossess when working at opponents, Gloukh is a superb dribbler, who all the time appears to select up the ball in essentially the most beneficial positions and is ready to slide teammates via with completely weighted passes. His beautiful contact to arrange the 2-1 purpose in opposition to Austria was nothing in need of elegant and he has been unplayable at instances, with an instinct and aptitude within the closing third hardly ever seen from one so younger.
Membership: Aston Villa
Closely tipped to be one of many star performers previous to the match, the Aston Villa midfielder — who featured in 12 Premier League video games final season — has not let down these early predictions. Chukwuemeka has been in astounding kind and has often made it seem as if he has surpassed the extent of U19 stage soccer now (as illustrated by the assured method wherein he took his purpose in opposition to Serbia.) Not solely is the box-to-box midfielder athletic, with the power to enterprise up and down the pitch all through the sport, however he is additionally so elegant, easy on the ball and technically adept to go together with it.
One scout current on the match informed me: “It is tough to think about a extra best No. 8 for the fashionable recreation; he assaults, he creates, he defends. His mentality is clearly high notch too. He is destined to turn out to be a high participant.”
Membership: Tottenham Hotspur
One of many key members of England’s U19 aspect throughout qualification, the Spurs striker has reproduced his kind from the sooner rounds in Slovakia. The spearhead of the assault for a formidable England era — although his teammate Alfie Devine and Chelsea’s Harvey Vale additionally deserve a point out — Scarlett caught the attention with two opportunistic targets within the 4-0 win in opposition to Serbia. He is extra than simply targets, although, as he has been a relentless thorn within the aspect of the opposition as a consequence of his relentless motion and sensible, razor-sharp runs in behind the defence. Moreover, regardless of enjoying solely a handful of video games for the Tottenham first staff, Scarlett has demonstrated that he is a centre-forward who continues to work on his recreation and his improvement potential is excessive. Certainly, his Premier League breakthrough could also be imminent.
Membership: Inter Milan
A dynamic No. 8 who has been a mainstay within the Italy aspect all through the entire U19 marketing campaign. Whereas not being essentially the most spectacular of prospects, Casadei is extraordinarily environment friendly in what he does: He presses with conviction, wins the ball via wonderful positioning and covers huge areas in midfield. In possession, he is environment friendly and sensible, avoids pointless touches, and focuses on letting the sport circulation. Casadei can be optimistic in his passing, all the time seems to be for attacking choices, and is ready to break the defensive traces with swift and correct passes, or by making progressive runs into area. The bodily imposing midfielder additionally options neat shut management and controls the ball effectively in tight areas.
Membership: Purple Star Belgrade
Born in Germany, Motika is now representing Serbia after he appeared for his start nation at U16 stage. Having impressed within the Bayern Munich youth staff, after leaving Hertha Berlin in 2017, he was snapped up by Purple Star Belgrade for €3m in January, although the German giants have an choice to re-sign him. Usually enjoying from the left-side, Motika likes to run at opponents with spectacular velocity and fast ft, earlier than slicing in and unleashing vicious photographs — there’s even a contact of Arjen Robben about his recreation. He is additionally been engaged on his physique to compete on the extra bodily aspect of the sport. — David Cartlidge