From Musiala to Pedri – 10 of Europe's hottest youngsters to watch at Euro 2020

After a jam-packed season some of the world’s best players descend on Europe for the rearranged Euro 2020 competition.

This will include some of the world’s best players like Kylian Mbappe heading up a heavily tipped France team, or Erling Haaland leading an underdog Denmark team.

Alongside them, Cristiano Ronaldo returns for one of his last chances at national glory.

But, it’s not just the big names that will light up this tournament, every international competition sees previously unknown stars establishing themselves on the world stage.

The Mirror spotlights ten players to look out for at Euro 2020.

Jamal Musiala

Jamal Musiala chose to play for Germany over England and is already in the squad for the Euros

Bayern Munich’s youngest ever player has had a good first season after transferring from Chelsea aged 16 in 2019.

Scoring seven goals and impressing on the pitch, the youngster chose his birthplace, Germany, over where he grew up, England, and has already made it into the national squad.

An attacker who can play anywhere across the frontline, he’s one to keep an eye on for his dribbling ability and finishing.

Ryan Gravenberch

Ryan Gravenberch is the latest in a long line of talent to emerge from the Ajax academy

The latest in a long line of talents out of the Ajax academy, the 19-year-old midfielder has impressed for Ajax this season.

The youngster came on to feature in the Netherlands’ 2-2 draw against Scotland.

Whilst he isn’t as flashy as some other players on this list, the starlet has been tipped by a former Dutch coach Aad De Mos to be a world class player, and in a midfield alongside the likes of Frenkie De Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum he’ll only improve this summer.

Nico Elvedi

Like the stereotypes about his home country Switzerland, Elvedi is both accurate and reliable.

The 24-year-old centre-back has become a key part of the Swiss national team, comfortable on the ball and impressive in winning his duels.

Elvedi has played every single competitive game for Sweden since the start of 2019-20, and he’ll be vital for them in the Euros.

Dani Olmo

Dani Olmo in the Champions League quarter-finals

The 23-year-old attacking midfield maestro has just finished off a successful season at RB Leipzig that saw him as the Bundesliga runner up’s main creator.

Olmo learned his craft at La Masia and has impressed under Julian Nagelsmann’s team this year playing in a central role behind the striker.

With five league goals and ten assists this season, Olmo made it into a cut Spanish team which saw the likes of Sergio Ramos snubbed.

Mikel Oyarzabal

Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad scores, leaving his opponent in his wake

It took the left-footed winger only a year to go from Real Sociedad’s under-19s, to the Spanish national team.

The Basque county native has impressed globally at only 23-years-old and attracted attention from some of the best teams.

Despite this, he’s shown no intention of leaving his hometown club yet, and looks poised to play an important role in what could be a dangerous Spanish side.

Joao Felix

Joao Felix is one of the best talents in world football
Joao Felix is the third most expensive player in the world and will be looking so prove why

The €126million man, Joao Felix has been a part of the La Liga winning Atletico Madrid side this year, bagging six goals and seven assists in the league at only 21-years-old.

A lot is hoped of the youngster, and in a team boasting the likes of Cristiano Ronald and Bruno Fernandes, Portugal could pose an outside threat of winning the Euros.

Playing in a deeper striker role, he poses a threat playing between the lines often favouring the left side of the pitch, supporting Luis Suarez this season.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 01: Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 01, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Gianluigi Donnarumma has long been hailed as the future of Italian football, replacing his namesake in goal

Already a household name for many, Donnarumma became the AC Milan first-team keeper aged just sixteen.

Since then he’s only improved and as Italy enter their first tournament without his namesake and country’s icon, Gianluigi Buffon, his role will be more vital than ever for his country.

The talented shot stopper comes into the tournament already in the midst of transfer speculation, having walked out on AC Milan, with a move to PSG on the cards.

Dejan Kulusevski

The 21-year-old Swede has impressed for Juventus this season with his vision and skill from either the right-flank, or attacking midfield down the middle.

Kulusevski came through the Atalanta academy before making his name on a loan move to Parma.

The talented, attacking winger will be a key part of a Sweden team looking to improve on the quarter-finals.

Ozan Kabak

The Turkey defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Liverpool, but is now returning to Schalke after the Reds elected not to take up their purchase option.

However, Kabak has no intention of remaining in Gelsenkirchen, having seen Die Konigsblauen fall to relegation last term.

He’ll be looking to make the most of any opportunities at these finals, to put himself in the shop window for a summer move.


Pedri in action in the Copa del Rey semi-final

Pedri, full name Pedro Gonzalez, is already lighting up screens across European football.

At a Barcelona team full of talent but transitioning, he has already impressed and the stock the club puts in him is reflected in the £400million exit clause in his contract.

In the years since Xavi and Iniesta left the Camp Nou there have been many midfielders touted as their successors, but none have excited quite like Pedri.

Alexander Isak

Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has scored 14 La Liga goals this season
Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak has scored 17 La Liga goals this season

Another Swedish attacking talent, Isak is one of a number of young strikers lighting up Europe.

The Raul Sociedad star, a Sweden team lacking talisman and quotes-machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic they will be looking to Isak for goals.

With 17 goals and two assists in 34 league appearances, he comes in off an impressive La Liga season and is expected to do well in Sweden’s counter-attacking set up.


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