Euro 2020 has already impressed and lived up to the hype. While there were few shocks in terms of results, the biggest surprise was the quality of the football being played. We now know the teams heading into the Round of 16. It feels like the appropriate moment to take a look at the best players in fantasy football across the group stage.
FootballCoin – Group Top 10
Memphis Depay (Netherlands)
The future Barcelona striker has really taken his newfound responsibilities to heart as he leads the Netherlands to wins in all three of the group games. Manager Frank de Boer opted to operate mostly the same squad throughout the three-game. This has provided Depay with plenty of game time. He’s used it well. The 22-year-old has scored twice. However, his passing and attacking contributions cannot be overlooked.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
It’s a cliché to call Cristiano Ronaldo ageless. However, with five goals scored in the Group stage, the statement is no exaggeration. Portugal has looked to make the best of the player. Usually deployed in a striker position and sheltered from relentless pressing, CR7 has played all 270 minutes for his team and even got a chance to become the joint top scorer in international football.
Aymeric Laporte (Spain)
The Manchester City defender chose Spain over France ahead of Euro 2020. The decision may have paid off. Laporte has been a vital element in his team. In spite of the difficulties his team had in scoring goals in the first two games, the player’s cool head and strong tackles make him one of the best defenders at this European Championship.
Joakim Maehle (Denmark)
It’s been a wonderous couple of weeks for Denmark. The team has gone from agony, following Christian Eriksen’s accident, to ecstasy after their victory over Russia. Somewhat underrated, Maehle has made the strongest contribution to Denmark’s style of play. Making good passes, strong tackles, and even getting in front of goal, Maehle has been in excellent form.
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Kroos‘ addition to the list goes to prove how far a successful scouting campaign can go in regards to creating a good fantasy football squad. Germany may have been largely disappointing during the tournament. However, the Real Madrid midfielder’s metronomic passing makes him a Top 10 player.
Luka Modric (Croatia)
Many may have labeled Croatia’s side as old ahead of Euro 2020. That claim focused especially on Modric, the team’s leader and chief creative mind. While the team lost their opening game to England, Modric took charge of his team’s fortunes in the following two matches. His display against Scotland, particularly, was excellent.
Andrew Robertson (Scotland)
Scotland will be disappointed to have left the Euro early. Their team proved a brave and capable unit. Still, much of their playing style was predicated on getting the ball to Robertson. The Liverpool player usually was active as an all-around winger. His clearances, tackles, and numerous passes helped him earn a place among the tournament’s best.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands)
The Netherlands midfielder has taken well to his higher degree of responsibilities for Holland. Playing in a more advanced position than he did for Liverpool, Wijnaldum has contributed goals, assists and has looked every bit like the creative player that De Boer’s team has strongly needed.
Jordi Alba (Spain)
It must have been one of the most frustrating matches Alba has played at the international level when Spain met Sweden in the opening game. Alba played in his usual style. He zapped down the flanks, crossing the ball and creating chances for his team. The following two matches were conducted in much the same way. And, while some have scoffed at Spain’s approach, it’s clear that Furia Roja can depend on one of the best and most experienced wing-backs in the game.
David Alaba (Austria)
Alaba is the best fantasy football player across the group stages of Euro 2020. This may come as a surprise. Austria qualified, but was hardly spellbinding. Alaba didn’t score any bicycle kicks or engage in bouts of technical mastery. However, the Real Madrid player was constantly at the heart of Austria’s style of play. He played in a variety of positions. He always asked for the ball and, usually, found the most sensible way of delivering it. And, he lead his team to qualification. Against Italy, in the Round of 16, he will prove invaluable.
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