Liverpool have signed Serbian wonderkid Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade from £5 million. The 19-year-old’s European venture will be a very familiar sight for football fans in recent seasons. Another name to add to the long list of Serbian superstars making their names in Europe’s top leagues and another victory for the rapidly improving Serbian football.
In recent years, Europe’s biggest leagues have seen an influx of Serbian footballers, with Grujic being the latest in the trend.
The Premier League, in particular, has opened its doors to what has been described as Serbia’s “Golden Generation.”
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The likes of Southampton’s Dusan Tadic, Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic, to name a few, have graced the Premier League in the last few years.
Robust midfielder Grujic is the second Serbian to arrive in the Premier League this season, after Newcastle’s hot-headed forward Aleksander Mitrovic.
Serbia’s “Golden Generation” has drawn comparisons to a similar breakout of talent from Belgium over the last few years, have arrived in leagues all over Europe including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and France.
The likes of Torino’s Nikola Maksimovic and Stuggart’s Filip Kostic are two of a long list of players catching the eye since leaving Serbia’s First Division.
Despite boasting an ever-increasing list of foreign exports, Serbia have failed to qualify for Euro 2016. To their own cost, Serbia have been guilty of neglecting their young talent and selecting long-standing international players in recent years.
For instance, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his new signing Grujic is good enough to play in the Premier League, however, he is yet to be capped by the Serbian senior team.
There is no doubt Serbia have produced a phenomenal amount of talented players in recent years and are very much experiencing a “Golden Generation” of football. But, for the national team to reach their full potential and emulate the success of Belgium, they must place their trust in younger, gifted players and perhaps a youthful, exuberant coach is required to do so.
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