Kai Havertz- Bayer Leverkusen and Germany
Undoubtedly the future of German football, Kai Havertz’ introduction to international football has been a straightforward one thus far with many observers of the game comparing him to past German midfield masters such as Michael Ballack and Toni Kroos. A regular entertainer for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, Havertz’ performances have impressed all of European football’s super-powers with Liverpool, Real Madrid and PSG all linked to the 20-year-old starlet. His price, already set to be high, could increase further following Euro 2020.
Kylian Mbappe- PSG and France
Kylian Mbappe has already made a major splash on international competition following his amazing exploits at the 2018 World Cup when France were successful. His form since that tournament has improved, but despite the advancement in his own game, France seem to be missing something during qualification with their performances lacking the fluidity that took them all the way to glory in Russia. Despite their lacklustre showings, it does look like France will qualify with the world watching, Mbappe should be backed to perform well again.
Jaden Sancho- Borussia Dortmund and England
With less than a dozen international caps to his name, Jaden Sancho is still trying to replicate his outstanding form with Borussia Dortmund on the bigger stage. Still only 19, the best years of Sancho’s career remain in front of him, but like many young English forward before him, most notably Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, he’ll be desperate to light up a major tournament. Euro 2020 could be the Englishman’s golden opportunity.
Joao Felix- Atletico Madrid and Portugal
Growing up idolising Rui Costa and Kaka, Joao Felix is quickly on his way to emulating his former heroes following a series of stunning displays for both Benfica and Atletico Madrid. A lot was made of the huge transfer fee the Spanish club paid to Benfica for Felix’s services, but the decision looks a shrewd bit of business if early form is to go on. With only minimal experience for Portugal, Felix has yet to stamp his authority onto the international arena, but he’ll be raring to go next summer as Portugal prepare to defend the trophy they won in 2016.
Frenkie de Jong- Barcelona and Holland
Once mainstays of international competition, Holland have had to endure a torrid time recently with their last participation occurring in 2014 when they made it to the World Cup semis. Now armed with a talented young squad, the Dutch will be pinning the bulk of their hopes on Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong, as they look to make up for lost time in the last five years. The 22-year-old was the shining light during Ajax’s 2019 Champions League campaign, where they reached the semi-finals, and now at Barcelona, his play is just as impressive. This will be a big tournament for the Dutch, and de Jong.