Deciphering the significance of the U20 and U21 teams' performances this summer
The extremely positive showings this summer by the Portuguese national teams at the U20 World Cup and the U21 European Championship had Seleção fans the world over buzzing about the potential of Portugal’s next generation of footballing talent. From André Silva and Gelson Martins to Bernardo Silva and William Carvalho, the U20 and U21 players appear poised to take the world by storm as they progress to the senior squad over the next 5-10 years. But are the conditions for player development in place?
In this article, PortuGOAL’s Seleção expert Nathan Motz scrapes away the emotional prejudice in an effort to evaluate the true potential of Portugal’s youth players, what that might mean for the senior side as Portugal’s next generation comes of age, and the crucial decisions facing both clubs and players that can make or break their careers, and ultimately determine the success of the Seleção in the next decade.