England’s Chukwuemeka, Scarlett and others

In the eight-team European Championship under the age of 19, the playoffs enter, and on Tuesday, France will compete against Israel and England against Italy in the semi-finals.

But which players have stood out in the group tournament? And who has made a name for himself? Our scout Tor-Kristian Karlsen looks at some of the best new talent from the tournament in Slovakia.

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Age: 19
Position: forward
Club: Rennes

Already an outstanding striker at the Rennes Academy and then as an occasional substitute for the first team, the Chad-born winger was outstanding – along with his two strikers Alan Virginia and Angers-Joan Bonnie. – 5: 0 victory over Slovakia. With his direct running, dribbling and ability to beat the opponent, the left-footed forward scored two goals, scoring a major opening victory for France. Thanks to his first-class run outside the ball, the energetic 19-year-old also added a goal against Romania and a two-goal victory over Italy, finishing a group tournament with five games out of three. The greatest potential that can be several months away from the right Ligue 1 breakthrough.

Age: 19
Position: center guard
Club: Havra

One of the most discussed players before the tournament, the giant defender in the group tournament faced minor problems. With his 6-foot-7-tall frame, the 19-year-old is a slightly whimsical center-guard figure, yet despite his large stature, he manages his body perfectly, is mobile enough, and probably even. even more surprising – it is both composed (with the left leg) and able to protrude with the ball in the middle. Although Toure, who finished the season as a regular Le Havre player for Ligue 2, tends to deal with everything he happens to be, he is also a combatant and a good tackler. He is now followed by several of Europe’s best clubs.

Age: 19
Position: midfielder
Club: Rapid Vienna

Although Demir’s short career in Barcelona was unsuccessful, he played in nine games for the Catalan national team before the lease was canceled and returned to Rapid Vienna in January. in the tournament, despite the fact that the team did not perform very well. Sometimes left with too much responsibility on his new shoulders, Demir has still demonstrated his sophisticated twists, creativity, brilliantly close control and smart football brains, especially in playing the neat triangles and combinations in the final third. He also showed great personality as he continued to vaccinate against the completely dominant England team in a 2-0 defeat.

Age: 18
Position: midfielder
Club: Telavivas Maccabi

Gluh was already in the spotlight of many scouts, surprising at the club level and standing out in the qualifying rounds of the European Championships, but few expected the Israeli to make such an impact. A mature, intelligent and technically excellent offensive midfielder – Part 8, 10 or a creative winger – has gained a lot of admiration with his performance, and talk of a € 10 million move is on the rise this summer. Hard to fend off running into opponents, Glouks is an excellent dribbler who always seems to take the ball in the most favorable positions and is able to slide his teammates through with perfectly weighted passes. His exquisite touch, scoring a 2: 1 goal against Austria, was nothing more than sublime, and he was sometimes unplayable, as his intuition and intuition were rare again in the last third.

Age: 18
Position: midfielder
Club: Aston Villa

The midfielder of Aston Villa, who played in 12 Premier League games last season, was considered one of the best players before the tournament, but did not disappoint this early prediction. Chuquué has been in stunning shape and has sometimes made it seem that he has now surpassed U19 football (as evidenced by the compelling way he scored against Serbia). The midfielder is athletic, with the energy to throw up and down the field throughout the game, but he is also so elegant, sleek at the ball and technically skilled to be able to do so.

One of the scouts in the tournament told me, “It’s hard to imagine a more ideal number 8 for today’s game; he’s attacking, he’s creating, he’s defending. His mentality is clearly higher. He’s destined to be the best player.”

Age: 18
Position: forward
Club: Tottenham Hotspur

One of the main players of the England U19 national team during the qualifying period, the Spurs striker has reproduced his form from previous rounds in Slovakia. The spear of an impressive England attack – although his teammate Alfie Devin and Harvey Vale of Chelsea also deserved a mention – Scarlet’s two-win victory over Serbia with two opportunistic goals. However, he is more than just a gate, as he has been a constant thorn to his opponents, thanks to his relentless movement and clever, sharp defense. In addition, although Scarlett has only played a few games for Tottenham’s first team, he has proven to be a center-forward who continues to work on his game and has a high potential for development. Indeed, his breakthrough in the Premier League may be imminent.

Age: 19
Position: midfielder
Club: Inter Milan

Dynamic number 8, which has been the backbone of the Italian team throughout the U19 campaign. Although Casadei is not the most notable potential, he is extremely effective in what he does: he convincingly in the press, fights the ball with excellent positioning and covers wide areas in the middle line. When held, he is efficient and practical, avoids unnecessary touches and focuses on allowing the game to run. The casade is also positive in passes, always looking for attack options and able to break lines of defense with fast and accurate passes, or making progressive runs. The physically impressive midfielder also has great control of the ball and good control of the ball in tight spaces.

Age: 19
Position: forward
Club: Red Star Belgrade

Born in Germany, Motika now represents Serbia after appearing at the U16 level of his homeland. Influenced by Munich’s Bayern youth team, after leaving Berlin in 2017, Hertha took him to Belgrade’s Red Star for € 3 million in January, although German giants have the opportunity to re-sign him. Often playing from the left, Motika likes to run into opponents with impressive speed and quick feet before turning and releasing brutal blows – he even has a touch of Arjen Roben in the game. He has also worked on his physique to compete on the physical side of the game. – David Cartlide

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