European Under-21 Championship: Top 10 Players To Watch

Thought there isn't much football to look forward to this summer? Think again as we prepare for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship in Poland where some of the continent's top football nations will collide to see who has best set of young talents coming through their ranks.

Previous young players to star in this tournament have been Laurent Blanc, Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Petr Cech, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Juan Mata, Thiago Alcantara and William Carvalho, but who are the young talents set to shine this summer?

With just minutes remaining for the big kick off in Poland, we have a look at the top 10 players (one from each team) seeking to take the finals by storm over the next fortnight.

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Dawid Kownacki (Poland)

While the host nation Poland may not have the strength in depth that the likes of Spain, Germany and Italy can call upon, they do have some players of genuine quality – most notably Lech Poznan striker Dawid Kownacki. The 20-year-old has been compared to Robert Lewandowski – who also made his breakthrough with Lech – and boasts plenty of experience, having scored 21 goals in 94 Ekstraklasa games.

Kownacki has already been called up to the senior Poland squad and, although he is yet to win his first cap, many have tipped the youngster to replace Lewandowski once the Bayern Munich striker ends his international. He may welcome another meeting with Poland’s neighbours, having scored five times in the course of two 2011 friendlies against Germany at the U15 level. Expect plenty of scouts from foreign clubs at the forward’s games.

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