Euro Under-17 Championship players to watch: PL targets and Arsenal starlets

first_img Che Nunnely (Netherlands) – A stunningly fast winger for Ajax, Nunnely is able to beat his marker for fun with his pace. A neat dribbler, who can drift inside too, it’s no wonder he’s been nicknamed roadrunner. The Dutch giants picked him up from FC Utrecht and we wonder how long it will be before another club moves in to sign him. He’s already scored at the tournament but, rather than using his pace, it was with a header against Italy. 9 9 Justin Kluivert (Netherlands) – Yep, you’ve guessed it. This guy is the son of a certain man named Patrick. You may already be aware of his talents in front of goal (he was never going to be a defender, was he) thanks to YouTube clips of various stunning strikes he’s already scored. Ajax tied him down to a three-year deal in April but that won’t stop the vultures from circling. Jose Gomes (Portugal) – You may have seen this Benfica striker referred to as Ze Gomes in Football Manager 2016 but, no matter what you call him, he’s going to get goals. The forward already has three in two games this tournament but faces Belgium in Portugal’s biggest challenge yet. He scored seven times in five appears in the UEFA Youth League this season and will be a name to remember. We’ve got just over a month until the European Championship starts in France, but already international competition is underway.Over in Azerbaijan, 16 national teams have come together to take part in the Under-17 version of the tournament.England have had success here in recent years, winning in 2010 and 2014, while Spain, naturally, are eight-time winners of the competition.In previous years, Max Meyer, Mario Gotze, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney have all won the Golden Player award at the tournament, but who should you look out for this time?Click the right arrow above for players to watch at the European Under-17 Championship… Yari Otto (Germany) – Click the right arrow for more players to watch out for at the European Under-17 Championship… – This striker is already making a big impact at the tournament in Azerbaijan due to his impeccable finishing. Off the bench as a substitute against Bosnia, the Wolfsburg youngster showed his composure at to collect a lovely cross from Jan-Nicklas Beste, dump a defender on his backside, and slide the ball home. He then, thanks to an intelligent run, found himself in the right place to head home after a defensive mix up. Meanwhile, against Ukraine he curled home with precision from inside the box. 9 Donyell Malen (Netherlands) – Another Arsenal starlet at the European Championship, Mayell signed for the Gunners back in July 2015 and the centre forward remains well regarded. Blessed with pace and strength, he’s a handful even for the most gifted modern defenders. He’s already trained with Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad and we may see him in their pre-season friendlies this summer. 9 Fran Villalba (Spain) – A diminutive midfielder, the 17-year-old (due to turn 18 during the tournament) has already made his La Liga debut for Valencia. Gary Neville gave the player an appearance off the bench in a clash with Villarreal, while also giving him game-time in a Copa del Rey clash with third tier side Barakaldo. Likened to David Silva thanks to his passing and movement. Liverpool reportedly tried to lure him to Anfield in 2014 but the club kept him thanks to a four-year contract with a buy-out clause reportedly €20m. 9 9 9 9 Reiss Nelson (England) – A highly-rated winger at Arsenal, the youngster has reportedly impressed many onlookers this season. Performances for the Gunners’ Under-21s, including one goal and two assists against Brighton in a 4-1 win, have been promising and his versatility adds to his burgeoning reputation. 9 Tahith Chong (Netherlands) – Feyenoord’s afro-sporting wonderkid is reportedly on the cusp of sealing a move to Manchester United this summer. The lanky left-sided forward is quick, skilful, and cool under pressure. His technique belies his wispy frame but he could do with working on his finishing. His huge afro makes him easy to pick out on the pitch. Andre Dozzell (England) – The son of ex-Tottenham midfielder Jason has been a regular for English youth sides across recent seasons. This season he finally got a chance at Ipswich Town, and managed to score on his debut on his debut from the bench against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship. He’s been watched by Premier League clubs and, despite concerns over his size, looks a real talent.last_img

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