UEFA.com offers a range of midfield options for fantasy managers ready to play in that position as well as those looking for a bargain.
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Of the EURO 2020 premium fantasy football options, Kevin De Bruyne (€ 10.5m) attracted the most managerial attention. At 45%, he is the second highest of all players in the competition. De Bruyne, Belgium’s lynchpin in midfield, has found the network for his country 21 times and should be an important creative asset for his team at the EURO. With goals scored from outside the box worth an extra Fantasy Point, De Bruyne owners can take advantage of the Manchester City star known for his long-range strikes, although managers must keep an eye on his recovery from a facial injury sustained in the UEFA Champions League Final.
If Germany wants to have a successful tournament, it needs Serge Gnabry (9.5 million euros) to perform at its best. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder can look back on an outstanding record in front of the goal of his national team and scored 15 goals in 20 games for Joachim Löw’s team, which certainly justifies the high fee for his services. Given that only 2% of fantasy managers currently have Gnabry on their roster, this differential value makes him a tempting option.
In Wales’ first EURO appearance in 2016, Gareth Bale (€ 9.5m) starred in a memorable run to the semi-finals. Five years later, the dragons will look at their talisman again if they have a chance to repeat such an achievement. Bale is strong with the ball at his feet and a threat in the air. He also takes the most free kicks and is certainly not afraid of hitting from distance. Four assists in his last four starts for Wales suggest that Bale has a lot more to offer in the national colors so owners should count on returns.
It would also be a rarity not to mention Bruno Fernandes (€ 10.5m) after his incredible season for Manchester United. Like De Bruyne, Fernandes is at the high end of the price range and it’s easy to see why the Portuguese star has scored 28 goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season. With a current stake of 19%, Fernandes is an alternative choice for those forced to choose between him and De Bruyne.
MEDIUM PRICE OPTIONS
With four goals and a support in his last five competitive games for the Netherlands, Georginio Wijnaldum (8.0 million euros) offers fantasy managers an ideal, cheaper option in midfield. Wijnaldum is often found in attacking areas when playing for his national team and could be a source of considerable fantasy points when facing Group C opponents Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia. Another tempting group C central midfielder is Marcel Sabitzer (€ 8.0m). The Austrian penalty taker offers a significant difference when considering his 1% stake and has scored nine goals and seven assists for Leipzig this season.
While Lorenzo Insigne (€ 8.5m) is listed as a midfielder, he is usually in the top three for Italy, and although his starting place in the team is not absolutely certain, four starts in the Azzurri’s last five competitive games suggest it that head coach Roberto Mancini will use the Napoli star from the start. In addition, 19 goals scored for his club in Serie A this season are a clear indication of his fantasy potential.
When looking at midfielder midfielders, many fantasy managers will focus on players from Manchester City, with a coupling emerging from the successful season with the Premier League champions. Although the Englishman Phil Foden (8.0 million euros) has gone online 16 times for Manchester City, his place in the starting XI of the Three Lions is still uncertain.
İlkay Gündoğan (EUR 7.5m) is expected to start for Germany and has scored in two of the last three games. One of those goals was the penalty spot, another big plus for those considering the 30-year-old. It is also worth mentioning the incredible form of Ferran Torres (8.0 million euros) on the international stage. The winger has scored five goals in his last four games for Spain, three of them in an excellent hat-trick against Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
Xherdan Shaqiri (€ 7.0m), who is often a decisive figure in Switzerland’s attack, has scored 23 goals for his country in 89 games. As part of a team that scored 19 goals from their eight qualifying games, the tricky midfielder was able to deliver good value money.
Ruslan Malinovskyi (€ 7.0m) is in great shape on the way to EURO 2020. He played a key role in securing UEFA Champions League football for Atalanta next season, scoring five goals in his last eight league games and also found the goal of the Coppa Italia final against Juventus. Ukraine hopes the midfielder can restore such a form of scoring in Group C.
Although Joshua Kimmich (€ 6.0 million) has to reconcile the attack intention with his great defensive responsibility from the central midfield, the German star has attracted many applicants. His share is currently 21%, the fifth highest of all midfielders in the tournament. Kimmich scored six goals and 14 assists in all competitions for Bayern this season and is both an ideal budget option and a useful way into the German midfield.
Those looking for an ultra-cheap budget enabler have gotten used to Loïc Négo (€ 4.0m) from Hungary, who despite being a defensive midfielder and participating in an intimidating Group F that France, Belonging to Portugal and Germany, currently the most highly possessed fantasy asset in all positions. Négo managed to get into the top scorer list in Hungary’s most recent competitive match and to score a decisive equalizer against Iceland in the EURO 2020 play-off final. His share of 46% would love a repeat on the first day of the game.