Many of us thought that this time the European championship would not live up to it’s hype. This was because of many reasons such as security, UEFA etc but the major reason behind this uncertainty was the number of teams (24) playing in the tournament. Never have we ever been so wrong in our perceptions though. 24 teams playing in the Euros allowed us to see teams like Iceland and Albania who despite their population proved that heart, passion and sheer work rate are everything you need to succeed. Following are the new faces that will mesmerize the world with their feet for years to come:
Eric Dier (England)
Dier was a crucial part of Tottenham’s midfield throughout the 2015/2016 season which earned him his spot in the England lineup. He proved his class by scoring a brilliant goal and performing brilliantly throughout England’s short short campaign.
Arkadiusz Milik (Poland)
Milik was excellent throughout Poland’s European campaign. He played as a supporting striker with Lewandowski. If not for his finishing, he could’ve gotten 5 or 6 goals during this campaign. Overall, Milik’s work rate and positioning was superb and plenty of clubs will be looking to purchase him.
Joshua Kimmich (Germany)
2015/2016 was the breakthrough season for the German defender as Pep Guardiola gave him his chance to shine in Bayern Munich. Kimmich took this opportunity and went all the way to the European championships after Joachim Low gave him a chance. He lacks attacking quality but he is as solid a defender as any other of his compatriots.
The French winger is perhaps the only known player in this list. He was a crucial player for Juventus two seasons back and has been a regular starter under Guardiola due to Arjen Robben’s absence. Although he is an excellent winger, he wasn’t as effective as he has been at club level.
He’s the new kid on the block but has already made the headlines by signing for Bayern Munich for 35 million pounds and showing what he’s capable of with Portugal. He overshadowed Ronaldo in the game against Poland and that is more then enough praise for him.
Continued in part two