Why Embolo will be the Euro’s outstanding teenager

Name: Breel Embolo
Born: 14/02/1997
Nation: Switzerland
Club: FC Basel
Position: Centre Forward

Embolo broke through at St. Jakob-Park near the end of the 2013-14 campaign making his league debut a month after his 17th birthday in the 85th minute and still found time to score. This instant impact may be seen in France this summer as the one teenager at the tournament that will make himself a household name across the continent.

In the dying embers of the winter transfer window, Wolfsburg tabled a bid of €27m (£21m) that was turned down by Bebbi; who in recent years have cashed in on their youngsters. The Swiss champions see scope that he will outgrow Die Wölfe estimation of the talent striker and cash in on him at a later date.

The centre forward is of Cameroonian descent and like many of the national side left to the mountainous confederation as his family sought a better standard of life. He became a Swiss citizen late in 2014 and pledged his international career to his adopted nation.

During his time for Schweizer pati, he scored in the qualifier that secured their path to Euro 2016, his first international goal. Embolo will likely start up top for Vladimir Petković’s men throughout the tournament, even though his debut and all of his nine caps have come in the 15 months.

His style of play is reminiscent of Mario Balotelli, and it is apparent he had modeled his game on his Italien idol. He has all the physical attributes you would want from a complete forward. He needs his game to flourish and grow into a player that can be more of a teammate and bring others into play with his stature and strength. One thing going for the Yaoundé born hitman is that he has always been a composed finisher since breaking through at club level.

In Group A with hosts France, Albania and Romania, it will be difficult, but the central Europeans should have enough to progress through to the last 16, and give enough opportunities for Embolo to impress.

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