Before Euro 2016 kicked off, SASoccermag took a look at five bright young players. Now, we review how each of the young stars performed in the tournament.
Leroy Sane (Germany)
Sane failed to make an impression in Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign as he was confined to the bench for almost the duration of the tournament. The 20-year-old made just a single appearance – coming on for the last 11 minutes as Germany were knocked out of the tournament by France. The youngster will be disappointed to have not been selected ahead of out of form Thomas Muller.
Divock Origi (Belgium)
Origi will likewise be disappointed he was not entrusted enough to make a start at Euro 2016. Limited to just two appearances off the bench for Belgium, the 21-year-old failed to make an impact in his 18 minutes on the field. The 21-year-old was kept out of the side by Romelu Lukaku, proving not quite up to the challenge of displacing his countryman, despite the Everton star’s erratic displays.
Dele Alli (England)
England youngster Dele Alli featured prominently for England at the Euros but failed to produce his best form. Despite a magnificent season for Tottenham Hotspur, Alli failed to make an impact in midfield as he appeared fatigued and devoid of inspiration. Nevertheless, the youngster managed 301 minutes on the pitch before England succumbed to a shock defeat against Iceland.
Kingsley Coman enjoyed mixed fortunes in the tournament as he made a couple of starts but proved unable to cement his place on the wing. The 20-year-old was able to exploit his extreme pace early on in the tournament but found his utility lessened against more defensive sides. In all the Frenchman six appearances in all, playing 272 minutes as France fell at the final hurdle.
Renato Sanches (Portugal)
18-year-old Renato Sanches was the outstanding youngster at Euro 2016 as he was arguably Portugal’s most influential player en route to their maiden European Championship. The midfielder made three starts and six appearances in all in the tournament, while he also scored a crucial goal to rescue the Portuguese against Poland. In all, Sanches played 407 minutes.