A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled into an XI from across Europe’s top seven leagues. You can read this for all details on Talent Radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.
[Eligibility: As of 1st June 2016 – 21 years old and below for outfield players // 22 years old and below for goalkeepers]
Another international break loomed large as the domestic leagues approached a two week vacation; a moment for clubs, players & fans alike to reflect on the start of the season, at a point where conclusions can begin to be drawn.
Defence: Having impressed in the opening group game away to Juventus, young Sergio Rico impressed again, keeping a shut-out against Lyon as his Sevilla side secured their first three points of the seasons’ Champions League.
Jonathan Tah had a comfortable game as his defensive maturity kept Borussia Dortmund at bay in a 2-0 win. Partnering him in the centre is Atletico Madrid’s Luiz Hernandez whose aerial dominance helped his side to a 2-0 win away to Valencia. The undoubted winners of the weekend were Monaco who swayed to an emphatic 7-0 win over Metz; Malian Almamy Toure impressed in that game Besides creating his side’s third goal, Toure put in a confident performance to ensure his side faced no danger defensively on the counter. Tah’s team-mate Benjamin Henrichs continues to impress on either side of the full-back role. Against Dortmund he played on the left, creating multiple chances while also successfully winning an incredible seven tackles.
Midfieder: Our three man midfield comprises of some exciting individuals. Monaco’s Bernardo Silva had a goal and an assist in the his side’s huge win over the weekend. Although his side ended up losing the game, Sassuolo’s Lorenzo Pellegrini impressed at the San Siro against AC Milan. The Italian too created one and scored another in what was ultimately a 4-3 comeback win for the home side. Dele Alli completes our midfield trio with the Englishman impressing in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Manchester City, besides getting on the scoresheet the youngster was often the focal point of starting the press that undid Guardiola’s men.
Forward: An exciting young front three starts up ahead in this week’s Talent Radar Team of the Week. Breel Embolo got his first goals as Schalke got their first points on the table with a 4-0 win over Gladbach. The Swiss striker scored a brace, easing the pressure on boss Markus Weinzierl.
Moussa Dembele took braces to another level with two strikes against a superior Manchester City side for Glasgow Celtic in the Champions League. Diego Jota completes the team, as we’ve left the best for the last; the teenager scored a first-half hat-trick to complete a convincing 4-0 win away for Porto.