European Football: 6 Players Who Could Win The 2016 Golden Boy Award

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 22: Daley Blind of Manchester United competes for the ball with Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund during the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund at Shanghai Stadium on July 22, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

With the new season rapidly approaching, we preview six young players who could win the European Golden Boy award come December.

Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund)

Dembele is just one of Dortmund’s eight new signings, but could potentially be the most important in the years to come. The young French attacking midfield is capable of playing on either flank or even in a false nine position.

His fantastic dribbling, ball control and ability to use both feet to shoot and pass set him apart from other players his age. The former Stade Rennais youngster will be hoping to make his mark immediately in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. If Dembélé can continue his fantastic goal scoring form from last season, he will definitely be one to watch.


Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich)

One name that all football fans will remember from Euro 2016 is Renato Sanches. The former Benfica superstar wowed fans and pundits alike, with his mature performances in the heart of the Portuguese midfield as they went on to win the tournament.

After a stellar campaign at Benfica last season, the 18-year-old secured himself a high profile move to the German champions. With everyone now expecting big things from Sanches, it will be up to the new Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti to ensure that the young midfielder does reach his potential and doesn’t become another failed wonderkid.


Leroy Sané (Manchester City)

Manchester City recently completed one of the signings of the summer, when they brought in the young German midfielder Leroy Sané for just over €30 million. The son of former Senegalese footballer Souleyman Sané has bundles of potential, and has already appeared for the German national team on four occasions.

With electric pace and a fantastic ability to pick a pass, he will be an exciting player to watch in the Premier League next season. Pep is known for bringing through young players, and Sané is definitely someone who could flourish under Guardiola’s leadership.


Breel Embolo (Schalke 04)

Another player who featured for his country at the 2016 Euros was Breel Embolo. The Cameroonian-born striker made three appearances for his adopted nation in France and is considered by many to be the future of Swiss football.

A player with superb physical attributes, including great strength and speed, Embolo is perfectly suited to the physicality of the Bundesliga and will be hoping he can dominate defenders, in a league that is far tougher than any he has experienced before.


Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

The young Frenchman will be looking forward to defending his Golden Boy title as he aims to carry his form from last season into the upcoming campaign. Martial will be buoyed by the arrivals of José Mourinho along with the experienced Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who could both push his game to the next level.

Martial’s ability to beat a man, along with his finishing instincts make him an intelligent and well rounded striker. Although he may be forced to start on the wing, he will still be presented with a number of chances to score as he has a knack of cutting inside the full-back. If Martial can produce anywhere near the sort of form he showed last season, he is sure to be a contender once again this year.


Dark Horse: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

The young Englishman is considered by many at Old Trafford as a potential superstar for the future. Rashford is a player with fantastic composure and a clinical nature in front of goal. These traits mean he is often compared to the legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

With the Brazilian even saying (via the Daily Mail):

“He’s a very good young player. I see some of myself in him for sure – he has courage and he’s fast and is very good with the ball.”

Although Rashford would probably be the least likely of my suggestions to win the Golden Boy award, his talent alone should be enough to see him competing for the title in the next couple of years.

Darren Holliday, Pundit Arena

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