We have enjoyed a feast of football already this summer,Euro 2020 and the Copa America provided us with great entetainment and the Gold cup is into the knockout stages.Clubs are well under way in their preparations for the new season but we still have one tournament remaining before domestic action resumes.
The men’s football tournament at the Olympic Games begins this week and finishes on the 7th of August. Some well known players including Richarlison (Everton) Chris Wood (Burnley) Eric Bailly (Manchester United) will be taking part.
But with each team only allowed three players over the age of 23 this is an opportunity to see some of the best up and coming young stars in world football.
Age – 19
Country – Ivory Coast
Club – Manchester United
Signing a contract with Manchester United for £37 million at the age of 18 brings it’s own expectation. We have seen more than enough glimpses in his eight first team appearances this season to get excited. Amad has a blend of electric speed and acceleration with excellent close control,his low centre of gravity allows him to turn quickly and explode away from defenders.He is a forward thinking dribbler comfortbale going inside or outside from his wide position to make things happen. Ivory Coast are in a tough group with Brazil and Germany but don’t be surprised if Amad Diallo gives them a run around.
Age – 21
Country – Brazil
Club – Ajax
At just 21 years old Antony is the record signing of Dutch giants Ajax. He hit the ground running in the Eredivisie contributing regular goals and assists but his form dipped towards the end of the campaign,it will be interesting to see him refreshed after the summer break. A typical Brazilian player he plays with plenty of swagger,they will be hopeful he can fire them back to Olympic gold like in 2016.
Age – 20
Country – Spain
Club – Tottenham
Probably the most googled name amongst Spurs fans the past couple of days since his move to the London club. Sevilla have sent him out on loan in recent seasons and he has developed nicely into a direct,tricky winger who can beat a man and provide for his team-mates. Spain are the tournament favourites with the likes of Pedri,Asensio and Olmo in their squad, but all eyes from North London will be on little magician Bryan Gil.
Age – 20
Country – Japan
Club – Real Madrid
Labelled the “Japanese Messi” he went viral last month after nutmegging four defenders before scoring,on loan at Getafe from Real Madrid this season La Liga fans will be used to seeing him cut inside,go on mazy dribbles and shoot from distance.The sky is the limit for him it would be fascinating to see him reach his potential. He is the posterboy for football it Tokyo and the home fans will be banking on their young star to give them something to shout about.
Age – 23
Country – Germany Club – Ausburg
Don’t expect this young man to be at Ausburg for too much longer. A very good reader of the game,physically strong and has great pace he is the modern day centre-back. With the Germany first team lacking in this department it is a great chance for him to show new manager Hansi Flick that he is ready to make the step up.