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5 superstar midfielders who could make Euro 2020 their playground this summer

This is where the fun starts.

In recent days we’ve browsed the Dream Team Euros bargain shelf in search of cheap players who will help us adhere to the £50million budget.

Now it’s time to decide which of the superstar names are most likely to provide a deluge of points once Euro 2020 kicks off on June 11th, starting with the premier midfield options…

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Hear no evil…

Hear no evil…

Bruno Fernandes (£6.0m)

We have to start with the man who dominated midfield in the Dream Team Season game this season.

Man United’s talisman ended on 323 points as the standout player in his position by a country mile thanks to his incredible attacking output.

Fernandes scored 28 goals and provided 18 assists in all competitions for the Red Devils in 2020/21 and therefore heads into Euro 2020 as one of the continent’s most in-form players.

Portugal have a tough group alongside France, Germany and Hungary but with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and others for company, goals shouldn’t be a problem for Fernando Santos’ side.

Kevin De Bruyne (£6.0m)

Belgium’s playmaker-in-chief may have to don a mask to protect his face this summer after suffering considerable damage during the Champions League final but that should’t impact his cannon of a right foot.

Man City’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea have just have fired up De Bruyne as Belgium’s golden generation prepare for what may be their last chance at a European crown.

Roberto Martinez’s side have a favourable group with Denmark, Russia and Finland all ripe for a De Bruyne mauling.

The 29-year-old averages a fraction under one assist every two games in international football and with Romelu Lukaku the target at Euro 2020, it’s hard to imagine him falling behind this summer.

Just keep an eye on those facial injuries…

The fearlessness of youth

The fearlessness of youth

Phil Foden (£4.0m)

Rewind a year and the Man City starlet would have been an outsider to make Gareth Southgate’s preliminary squad.

After a sensational domestic campaign, there are now calls for the starting XI to be built around him.

Foden is the third-most popular midfielder in Dream Team Euros right now with an ownership of 39.5%, a stat that is reflective of his rising reputation.

England have creative options aplenty but Foden has exhibited a keener eye for goal than Mason Mount or Jack Grealish in recent times, which may just give him the edge in terms of points returns.

Croatia will provide a tough test but the Three Lions will be hopeful of comfortable wins over Scotland and Czech Republic in their other group fixtures.

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Federico Chiesa (£4.0m)

A lot of people are underestimating Italy.

Several bookies reckon they just as much chance as lifting the trophy on July 11th as Netherlands, which doesn’t reflect the fact Roberto Mancini’s men haven’t lost a game since 2018.

The Azzurri have talent in abundance all over the pitch and while the likes of Ciro Immobile and Leonardo Bonucci are proving to be popular choices, Chiesa has the attributes to be a midfield gem.

The second-generation superstar starred for Juventus despite an underwhelming season for the Old Lady, scoring 14 goals and providing nine assists.

According to our ratings providers Whoscored, he was Juve’s second-best player in 2020/21 after Cristiano Ronaldo.

Blink and you’ll miss him

Blink and you’ll miss him

Serge Gnabry (£5.0m)

Plenty of knowledgeable observers are sceptical of Germany’s chances at Euro 2020 with an ageing squad dropped into a group alongside the World champions and the reigning European kings (and Hungary).

But seasoned fans will know it’s never wise to write-off Die Mannschaft at a major tournament.

Joachim Low has recalled Thomas Muller after a period of exile but the stats suggest Gnabry may be Germany’s primary goal threat this summer.

The Bayern Munich winger has scored 15 goals in 20 international caps and is extremely confident in his ability to positively impact big games.

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