Tom Carnduff selects his suitors and his best bets for the award for the best young player of the UEFA tournament at Euro 2020.
Football betting tips: Euro 2020 – Best young player of the tournament
2pts Phil Foden voted Best Young Player of the Tournament at 9/2 (Overall)
1pt Mason Mount to be the best young player of the tournament at 7/1 (VBet)
A fairly new award for the European Championships, the tournament’s best young player award focuses on the best under-23 player. Although current at the World Cup, this is only the second European tournament where this prize will be awarded.
Unlike the best player in the tournament, reaching the final doesn’t seem to be as necessary for the Young Player Award – the World Cup tells us that anyway. Since Franz Beckenbauer won it in 1966, only Kylian Mbappe (2018) has been named Best Young Player of the Tournament and has seen his country advance to the final.
This is once in the last 13 World Cup tournaments. Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches took the trophy with Portugal but we don’t have to worry much about trying to pick a player for a team that could go the distance.
Sanches has appeared in every Portuguese game except one on the road to success in 2016. From the round of 16 he started in the squad, so it is not essential that someone play every minute of the game. tournament to win this award. However, it helps if they are a regular.
Who will win the Young Player Award at Euro 2020?
England want to go far in this tournament and one of the reasons is the number of talented young players they have. It should turn out badly so that the Three Lions don’t have at least one contender for this award.
The favorite in this market, and rightly so, is PHIL FODEN. The Manchester City man is expected to be in Gareth Southgate’s starting lineup and it’s clear to see how talented he is. Foden is the type of player you should build a team around.
It’s hard to see how Foden is not a key part of the England squad in this tournament. He is expected to start most / all games and will contribute with goals or assists for Harry Kane. When it comes to individual accolades, Foden’s eye-catching impact will put him in a good position.
He is paving the way for the truly talented generation of English players and there is no young player better than him in Europe today. Foden’s City’s season ended with 16 goals and 10 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions and that number is only expected to rise in 2021/22.
The midfielder enters the tournament after being part of the Champions League squad of the season and winning individual accolades with England’s Under-17s in 2017. He was also named man of the match in City’s 2020 Carabao Cup Final against Aston Villa.
Now used to the English senior team, he is preparing to play a major tournament and has every chance of justifying his favorite title in this market. At the best price of 9/2, it’s hard to argue with having Foden at the top of the list, especially if the Three Lions go far.
Beating Foden for first place could be his England teammate MASON ASSEMBLY. A Gareth Southgate favorite and a player who just has to start every game if he is to succeed at this tournament – it’s a surprise to see odds as high as 7/1 for him to win this award given the season that he had.
The 22-year-old has a proven track record as someone capable of playing for a successful club like Chelsea and not only that, he’s a player they will seek to include at the heart of their plans for the future. His 2020/21 campaign ended with nine goals and nine assists in all competitions.
What could help Mount to win this award is his versatility to play in various roles in the midfield. He can line up behind the striker or move into midfield if necessary – as happened during his time in Chelsea’s first team.
It’s likely we’ll see him in an advanced role with Foden used off, but it’s an option available for Southgate. We can see Mount scoring a few goals over the course of the season, but the assists column is what the majority will be looking at.
What are expected goals (xG)?
He ended the Premier League campaign with five assists, adding another for a shot that was saved before being scored by someone else, but his expected assists (xA) figure was double of his total of assists in open play, free kicks and corners.
With a striker like Harry Kane in the lead, alongside Jadon Sancho and Foden, England won’t be as wasteful as Chelsea, which should mean assists for Mount. He enters the tournament after scoring the only goal in the Champions League final.
The available 7/1 odds seem too great depending on what season he has enjoyed and the role he will play for this England side. Like Foden, a decent run for the Three Lions at the tournament will see Mount firmly vying for this award.
Correct odds at 0945 BST (06/04/21)
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