Keeping track of the latest news for every top European nation ahead of Euro 2020 is a near-impossible task.
But with a £50,000 jackpot awarded to the overall winner of Dream Team Euros, it pays to keep abreast of as many updates as possible.
Take the Netherlands’ goalkeeper situation for example.
Initiallty, it wasn’t entirely clear whether Jasper Cillessen was the Oranje’s No1 or if Tim Krul was the first-choice option between the sticks.
However, the mystery was seemingly resolved ahead of schedule when Frank de Boer confirmed that the former had tested positive for Covid-19 and would therefore be replaced in the squad by Marco Bizot.
Suddenly, Norwich’s No1 is in line to start for his country throughout this summer’s major international tournament.
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At the time of writing, Krul has a Dream Team Euros ownership of just 3.1% but that will surely increase as we count down the days to the curtain-raising fixture.
Netherlands will face off against Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia in Group C – the former may provide stiff competition after an impressive qualifying campaign but Krul and co will be hopeful of routine wins in their other two fixtures.
As it stands, the 33-year-old is the cheapest first-choice goalkeeper out of all those representing group favourites – he’ll cost just £3.0m of your £50million budget.
A spanner was thrown in the works when Maarten Skekelenburg was assigned the No1 shirt when Netherlands’ squad numbers were released but it’s likely Krul requested his familiar No13 – both have started pre-tournament friendlies.
If you are tempted to back the Canaries’ promotion hero then you’ll be keeping your eye out for clean sheets but it’s possible you may pick up some bonus points in addition.
Krul has a reputation as a penalty specialist and was famously introduced by Louis van Gaal in the 120th minute of the 2014 World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica, saving two spot-kicks in the shootout to ensure his country’s progression to the semi-finals.
And he’s saved 50% of the penalties he’s faced this season for club and country.
Remember, keepers earn three points for every penalty they save in normal time and extra (shootouts don’t count).
Krul may not be as fashionable as the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma or Manuel Neuer but he could prove to be a very savvy selection once we’re up and running… unless Stekelenburg ruins the fun.