Last night, Spain answered their critics by ruthlessly disposing of Italy in the Final of the U21 European Championships.
Following Barcelona’s humiliation by German giants Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League after being knocked out 7-0 on aggregate, many questions were raised over whether Spain were headed for a downward spiral.
Germany, it was said, would be the major world force in years to come and Bayern, not Barca, would reign supreme.
Yet last night, the reigning World and European champions showed they have world quality youngsters coming through capable of maintaining their period of domination both domestically and abroad.
Players like Isco, Thiago and David de Gea all shone in the 4-2 win over the Azzurri and proved that if the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Iker Casillas are on their way out, they are more than capable of taking their places.
And, as the Confederations Cup is for some of the beautiful game’s senior players, the U21 European Championships was an opportunity for these starlets to put themselves in the proverbial shop window.
The summer transfer market is, after all, open for business.
One glance at the team sheets of the 8 nations who contested the championships presents a raft of stars who certain Premier League teams would love to have in their starting eleven and with one of the stars of the tournament, David de Gea, currently plying his trade at Manchester United, we take a look at 5 youngsters who could join him at Old Trafford.
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This article was first posted on June 19, 2013