Euro 2020 Best Young Football Players

Article: EURO 2020 – The Best Standout Young Performers

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By Jonathan Lewis | 22nd JULY 2021

This year’s European Championship stood out for several reasons, one of them being the plethora of future talents that have utilised the stage to showcase their immense potential. Some of them might still be in their teenage years but nonetheless have the ability to become to future superstars.

From Donnarumma to Baumgartner, we look at five of Europe’s most highly rated U23 youngsters who stood out at EURO 2020 and are capable of turning heads against all odds.

Euro 2020 Best Young Players

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  • Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy – 22 y/o

Donnarumma effectively won Italy their second EURO title after a heroic penalty shootout performance in the final against England. The former Rossoneri was sublime throughout the tournament, helping the Azzurri record the second highest number of clean sheets – on par with Thibaut Courtois. He played 719 minutes across seven matches, more than any other player – making nine goal saves in total and conceding just four.

  • Pedri, Spain – 18 y/o

At the tender age of 18, Pedri took the football world by storm as he finished the tournament as the EURO 2020 Young Player of the Tournament – with the highest carries into the final third (29), highest goal-creating actions (5), highest shot-creating actions (27), most through balls (4) and most passes into the final third (68). With several years of development ahead of him on the path of previous legends that have graced the central midfield role, Pedri is capable of becoming one of Spain’s greatest midfield generals.

  • Mikkel Daamsgard, Denmark – 21 y/o

Danish midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard has been one of the nation’s best talents in recent years. The 21-year-old Sampdoria winger impressed at EURO 2020, scoring two goals and providing one assist. However, his most valuable contributions came from outside goalscoring – as he lodged in a 78% pass success rate and two shots per game on average. The Danish SuperLiga Young Player of the Year has permitted his technicality and creativity to show what he’s worth.

  • Declan Rice, England – 22 y/o

Rice’s presence for England in the centre half of the pitch was instrumental in getting them to the final. The West Ham United defensive midfielder put in consistent performances, including against Azzurri in the final. He made 29 progressive passes in the final-third, with an overall 92.7% pass completion rate. He also made the highest-joint interceptions throughout the tournament (19) having covered 62.5 kilometers. Rice has established himself as one of the most in-demand players in the game.

  • Christoph Baumgartner, Austria – 21 y/o

Although Austria exited early in the competition at the hands of eventual winners Italy, Baumgartner played a key role in helping his country display courageous football. With only four matches played, he accrued 72% pass completion rate, successfully recovering 12 balls and covering 28 kilometers in total. The versatile midfielder put in commendable performances against the likes of North Macedonia, Ukraine and Italy.

  • Other honourable mentions include Nicolo Barella, Federico Chiesa, Kasper Dolberg, Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo and Attila Szalai.

How will their respective futures fare?

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The young footballers mentioned above are bound to continue their drastic progress into some of the most wanted men in world football. Developmental odds are in their favour and will remain so for quite some time, thanks to the historic continental platform.

Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer