Breakout stars of EURO 2020

International tournaments have always been a stage for young budding talents and new uprising stars. James Rodrigues owes it to World Cup 2014 for being known as one of the best midfield players today. That stage gave him a chance to show the magic he can produce on the field, thus earning a move to Real Madrid later on. These competitions have brought out new players who were earlier unknown to the world of European football. So, Euro 2020 had to uphold the convention creating a stage for new stars to shine and show their talent.

  • Kalvin Phillips (England)

The Leeds budding star has been impressive on the international stage as well. He has been a model player in the midfield of ‘The Three Lions’. Kalvin Phillips started all three matches for England in the group stages becoming the first-ever Leeds player to make 3 appearances for England in the European Championship.

Phillips has been on a solid run in the game since the start of his first PL season with Leeds which caught the eye of Gareth Southgate earning his spot in the 23 man squad. He has maintained an 87% pass accuracy across the three matches showing precision in the midfield and helping the team control the game. 

Kalvin Phillips
  1. Alexander Isak (Sweden)

The young talent from Real Sociedad has been a joy to watch since his breakthrough season with the club earning him his nickname of “The Swedish Messiah”. A hunger to move forward and prove oneself has always been the qualities of a rising star. Some even consider him a successor to the Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

A very crucial highlight of Euro 2020 was portrayed by him as Sweden was going to head to a goalless draw against Slovakia but it was Isak’s magnificent flick that gave the chance to Sweden to score and head out with 3 points rather than 1. He influenced the game even without scoring. All these efforts resulted in Sweden coming out on top of the group.

  • Patrik Schick (Czech Republic)

If there would have been a book of Mind-Numbing goals then Patrik Schick’s goal from the half-line would have surely been a part of it. It’s not even just about that goal, Schick’s performance has been tremendous across all three matches that he has played, scoring 3 goals in 3 matches.

 His goal tally is equal to that of Romelu Lukaku while playing in a team like the Czech Republic. His goal scoring abilities have contributed majorly to Czechia qualifying to the RO16. One thing is for sure that no matter how far the Czech Republic reaches in the tournament, that goal from Schick would leave an imprint on the minds of the football fans and the opposing goalkeeper for years to come.

  • Manuel Locatelli (Italy)

Another 23-year old has been on the radar of several football fans even before the commencement of the tournament. He was showing signs of growth in his previous season with Sassuolo in Serie A which caught the attention of a lot of people. Italy had been on a winning streak in this tournament and Locatelli have contributed to the streak with his goal-scoring abilities. He scored 2 goals across 3 matches that he played in this competition.

 He grabbed the headline in the match against Switzerland as he scored twice in the fixture helping the Azzurri earn 3 crucial points as they went on to finish at the top of the group.

  • Billy Gilmour (Scotland)

A Chelsea midfielder who displayed his calibre to the world of football is Billy Gilmour. It was very disappointing that his journey through the group stage was cut short as he contracted Covid-19 and had to isolate himself. He won’t be getting a chance to show his prowess this time as Scott failed to qualify for the RO16.

In the match against ‘The Three Lions,’ Gilmour took hold of the midfield and showed an excellent passing proficiency with 91% passing accuracy which helped Scotland to earn a point in a difficult match.

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