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From Manchester United’s Midfield Maestro To Barcelona’s Wonderkid: Top 5 Highly Rated Youngsters Poised To Take Euro 2024 By Storm

Written By Albert Echatah

Experience is usually mentioned as being crucial for any team trying to win the trophy at major events; yet, few teenage stars have had a significant influence on previous European Championships. Not quite 20 years old, “Danish Dynamite” hero Michael Laudrup opened Euro ’84, Patrick Kluivert contributed to the Netherlands 12 years later, and in 2004, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney demonstrated their youthful talent. 

In more recent times, Jude Bellingham, Pedri, and Jamal Musiala all grabbed attention at Euro 2020, when the less-known Kacper Kozlowski became the youngest-ever player in championship history at the tender age of 17 years and 246 days.

Warren Zaire-Emery (France)

Zaire-Emery has emerged as a key member of Luis Enrique’s PSG team, and even Didier Deschamps, the more traditional national coach, did not hesitate to give the gifted player his senior France debut. Zaire Emery’s goal in his debut for his country proved that he could play with more experienced players, and he is now in the running for a spot with stars like Adrien Rabiot.

Arda Guler (Turkey) 

Having only turned 17 three weeks prior, Guler swiftly became Fener’s youngest goalscorer in the Super League. After putting up several impressive performances, the left-footed winger was signed for an initial £17 million by Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. Guler scored his first goal for Turkey in Euro 2024 qualifying and also hit the net six times in his final seven club games of the 2023–24 campaign, despite an injury-plagued debut season in Spain. Since then, he has been nominated for the coveted ‘Golden Boy’ title, which Bellingham won last year.

Joao Neves (Portugal)

It is no secret that Manchester United, the ‘ sleeping giants’, intend to bolster their midfield this summer, with numerous sources indicating that Neves, 19, is their top priority. Considered one of the top young midfield players in Europe, he has already participated in 75 club matches, many of which were in the Champions League. In October of last year, Selecao manager Roberto Martinez handed the teenager his first call-up.

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Kobbie Mainoo (England) 

Ignorant of the hoopla, he has not only earned a starting position for his struggling team but also sufficiently pleased Gareth Southgate in games against Belgium and Brazil. With the winning goal in the FA Cup final last month, the 19-year-old finished off his breakout season. He has already demonstrated enough maturity to be genuinely trusted on such a momentous occasion.

Lamine Yamal (Spain)

The Catalan winger, like fellow La Masia alumnus Lionel Messi, likes to cut in from the right with his left foot. His reckless style has made him a vital player for both Xavi and Spain’s head coach, Luis de la Fuente. Yamal is the youngest player in the history of both his club and his nation. He is also the second-youngest player to compete in the Champions League, and no one this young has ever scored a goal for Barcelona or Spain in La Liga or during the qualification process for the European Championship.

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