We’ve touched on the lesser known youngsters that will be appearing at this summers European Championship, however, let’s take a look at some of the players at the top of the betting market for the Young Player of The Tournament.
With such riches of young talent breaking through, this is going to be one of the biggest talking points of the Championship. Will the youth be able to handle the pressure that comes with representing their national team in a major tournament? Will they get their chance to shine?
I’ll break down each of the favourites for the award, alongside their odds of winning.
Phil Foden – England – 4/1
Where better to start. Phil Foden has been absolutely spectacular for English champions Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola adores Foden, and has managed him perfectly. One of the best players in the Premier League, Foden has really come into his own this season, scoring crucial goals in the league, and Champions League.
I think it’s pretty much a given that Phil Foden will be starting for England, which is the first box ticked.
England have a relatively straight forward group on paper. If all goes to plan, Foden may well score and assist many goals even before the knockout stages. With this in mind, I believe that he does indeed deserve to be favourite for the award, and not many will be surprised if he wins it.
Kai Havertz – Germany – 5/1
After a disappointing start to life in England, Chelsea star Kai Havertz seems to have finally found his feet.
Towards the end of the season, Havertz became a regular starter for Thomas Tuchels side, and played his part in a successful second half of the season.
With the Germany side not getting any younger, they’re certainly relying on youth stars such as Havertz, to bring some new initiative to a team that has had to much success in the past.
If England fail to produce, and Foden is unable to have an impact, then Havertz would have to be in with a major shout of winning the award.
Mason Mount – England – 13/2
Not too dissimilar to Foden, Mason Mount will be crucial to this England team during the summer.
If both start together, it could cause real issues for defences during the tournament. Mount has had another standout season, and Chelsea’s player of the season has more to give during the summer.
Gareth Southgate thinks a lot of Mount, and the boy can do it all.
Defend? Tick. Attack? Tick. Both at the same time? Tick.
It really wouldn’t surprise me to see Mason Mount crowned as the Best Young Player.
Joao Felix – Portugal – 8/1
Surprisingly, Joao Felix is quite the outsider for the award. I think 8/1 for a player who’s pretty much guaranteed to start is a fantastic price.
I’ve touched on the Portuguese squad that’ll be going to the Euro’s, and it’s very very strong.
The so called ‘group of death’ will boost Felix’s chances of the award in my opinion, as the performances against higher quality opposition will be upgraded massively.
With the likes of Bruno Fernandes behind, and Cristiano Ronaldo as a striker partner, I’d really fancy Joao Felix at the price.
Matthjis De Ligt – Netherlands – 9/1
Last, but not least, is Juventus centre back Matthjis De Ligt.
With Netherlands in quite a transitional period, we don’t know how they’ll perform during the summer.
However, if the Flying Dutchmen do progress far, De Ligt will have to be on top form.
Personally, with the amount of attacking prowess at the tournament, I struggle to see De Ligt winning the gong, however, stranger things have happened!
I really think Phil Foden & Mason Mount will have a cracking tournament, however I really fancy Joao Felix at a better price.
I just think 8/1 for a near enough guaranteed starter is a steal. All it would take is Felix to perform well and help Portugal through their tough group, and I think that would be enough to secure the award, barring the previous two players making the Final.
My bet will be £10 on Joao Felix @ 8/1 (Sky Bet)