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Euros Young Player of the Tournament Odds: Lamine Yamal in contention after Spain display

Jude Bellingham is the favourite for the UEFA Young Player of the Tournament as this summer’s Euros gets underway

bet365's Steve Freeth said: "Bellingham is eligible to be named the Best Young Player, but with him already touching superstar status, thoughts could be turning to the Best Player of the Tournament award should England progress in Germany.

"Despite being older, Florian Wirtz may attract interest after his impressive season in the Bundesliga and there could be breakout stars on the international stage in the form of Lamine Yamal and Warren Zaire-Emery."

First awarded in 2016, the prize goes to the best player at the Euros aged 21 or younger on 31st December 2023 (born on or after 1st January 2002).

Renato Sanches was first for Portugal with Pedri claiming the prize in 2021.

Interestingly, Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won the Golden Ball in 2021, was young enough to win both prizes but only won Player of the Tournament, suggesting that the Young Player may be awarded to more of a breakout star, potentially ruling Jude Bellingham out of the running.

Germany’s Jamal Musiala is amongst the favourites, alongside Florian Wirtz who’s enjoyed a breakout season with Bayer Leverkusen, both getting off the mark against Scotland on the opening night.

Both will play similar roles, looking for pockets of space ahead of the midfield and should receive plenty of game time, though Julian Nagelsmann is spoilt for choice going forward, with the likes of Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller also vying for minutes.

Lamine Yamal is certainly one worth watching in Germany. Yamal is the latest La Masia graduate who’s played 34 times in La Liga for Barcelona in 2023/24, making 19 starts.

The youngster impressed on his first showing at this summer's tournament, registering an assist in Spain's 3-0 victory over Croatia.

Remarkably, he will only turn 17 the day before the Euros final should Spain get that far, but it’s likely La Roja will meet either England or Germany in the quarter-finals, and the youngster may not get the minutes needed to impress enough.

Eduardo Camavinga is also in the running and while France have every chance of going all the way, the Real Madrid star may be too reputable to contend for the Young Player award.

Xavi Simons is another supremely talented youngster who’ll catch the eye of many at the tournament, but the previous two winners reached the semi-finals, and with the Netherlands not fancied to match that, the PSG man might not play enough games to contend.

Cole Palmer has been sensational following his move to Chelsea with 31 goal contributions in the Premier League this season, but despite his performances, it’s unclear how much the former Manchester City man will play. Jude Bellingham will occupy the number 10 position, with Bukayo Saka indispensable on the right wing.

You can see the latest Euros winner odds on our Euros betting hubs.

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