The eight-team European Under-19 Championship is in the play-offs, with France playing Israel and England playing Italy in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

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But which players stood out in the group stage? And who made a name for himself? Our local scout Thor-Christian Carlsen meets the best young talents of the tournament in Slovakia.

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Lum Chauna, FRANCE

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Age: 19
Position: Forward
Club: Rennes

The Chadian-born winger had already established himself as a high-scoring striker in the Rennes academy and then made occasional first-team substitutions, and his two strikers Alan Virginius and Ange-Joana Bonny were outstanding. – in the victory over Slovakia with a score of 5:0. With his straight run, dribbling and ability to beat opponents, the left winger scored a goal and made two passes as France took a big first win. Thanks to his top-notch off-the-ball performance, the energetic 19-year-old also scored a goal against Romania and two in the victory over Italy, finishing the group stage with five out of three games. The best prospect that could be months away from a real breakthrough in Ligue 1.

Suleiman Isaac Touré, FRANCE

Age: 19
Position: central defender
Club: Le Havre

One of the most talked about players in the run-up to the tournament, the giant defender ran into a bit of trouble in the group stage. At 6ft 7in, the 19-year-old looks a bit odd for a centre-back, but despite his hefty size, he has great body control, is reasonably agile and, perhaps even more surprisingly, he is also on the ball (left-handed) and able to move the ball into midfield. While Toure, who finished the season as a regular for Ligue 2 team Le Havre, tends to handle everything he comes across in the air, he is also a combative and good ballplayer. Now he is followed by several top clubs in Europe.

Yusuf Demir, AUSTRIA

Age: 19
Position: midfielder
Club: Rapid Vienna

Although Demir’s brief career at Barcelona failed – he made nine competitive appearances for the Catalans before his loan was annulled and he returned to Rapid Vienna in January – the left-footed playmaker left a mark on Austrian history throughout the championship . tournament, despite the fact that the team is not doing very well. Sometimes Demir had to carry too much responsibility on his young shoulders, but he still showed his graceful turns, creativity, brilliant control and smart football mind, especially when playing neat triangles and combinations in the last third. He also showed great personality as he went on to play against a completely dominant England team in a 2–0 defeat.

Oscar Gluh, ISRAEL

Age: 18 years old
Position: midfielder
Club: Maccabi Tel Aviv

Gluh was already on the radar of many scouts, impressing at club level and excelling in the Euro qualifying rounds, but few expected the Israeli to make such an impact. A mature, intelligent and technically brilliant attacking midfielder – part No. 8, part No. 10 or creative winger – he has won a lot of fans with his performance, and talk of a €10m move is gaining momentum this summer. Hard to get out of the game when running towards an opponent, Gluh is a brilliant dribbler who always seems to pick up the ball in the best positions and is able to dribble off teammates with perfectly weighted passes. His exquisite approach to the 2-1 goal against Austria was nothing short of sublime, and at times he was unplayable, with an intuition and flair in the final third rarely seen in such a young player.

Karni Chukwuemeka, ENGLAND

Age: 18 years old
Position: midfielder
Club: Aston Villa

The Aston Villa midfielder, who made 12 Premier League appearances last season, was confident he would be one of the best players ahead of the tournament and didn’t disappoint his early predictions. Chukvuemeka was in astounding form and at times seemed to surpass the level of U19 football (as evidenced by the confident manner in which he scored his goal against Serbia). the midfielder is athletic, with the energy to take risks up and down the field throughout the game, but he is also so elegant, fluid with the ball and technically sophisticated to go with it.

One scout who attended the tournament told me: “It’s hard to think of a more perfect No. 8 for the modern game: he attacks, he creates, he defends. His mentality is also clearly on top. He is destined to become a top player. .”

Dane Scarlett, ENGLAND

Age: 18 years old
Position: Forward
Club: Tottenham Hotspur

One of the key players in the England under-19s during qualifying, the Spurs striker replicated his form from previous rounds in Slovakia. Leading the charge for an impressive generation of England – though his teammates Alfie Devine and Chelsea’s Harvey Vale also deserve a mention – Scarlett garnered attention with two adventurous goals in a 4-0 win over Serbia. However, he is more than just goals, as he has been a constant thorn in the side of opposition due to his relentless movement and smart, razor-sharp runs behind defenders. In addition, despite playing only a handful of games for Tottenham’s first team, Scarlett has shown that he is a centre-forward who continues to work on his game and has high development potential. Indeed, his Premier League breakthrough may be imminent.

Cesare Casadei, ITALY

Age: 19
Position: midfielder
Club: Inter Milan

A dynamic number 8 that has been a mainstay of the Italian national team throughout the entire U19 campaign. While not the most spectacular prospect, Casadei is extremely efficient at what he does: he presses convincingly, wins the ball with great position and covers wide areas in midfield. In possession of the ball he is efficient and practical, avoiding unnecessary touches and focused on getting the game going. Casadei is also confident in his passing, always looking for opportunities to attack and able to break through the line with fast and accurate passes or progressive runs into space. The physically imposing midfielder also has neat, precise control and good ball control in tight spaces.

Nemanja Motica, SERBIA

Age: 19
Position: Forward
Club: Red Star Belgrade

Born in Germany, Motica now represents Serbia after having competed for his home country at the U16 level. Impressive at Bayern Munich, after leaving Hertha Berlin in 2017, he was bought by Red Star Belgrade for €3m in January, though the German giants have the option of re-signing him. Often playing from the left flank, Motika likes to run into opponents with impressive speed and quick feet before crashing in and throwing furious punches – there’s even a touch of Arjen Robben in his game. He also worked on his physique to compete in the more physical side of the game. — David Cartlidge