With just hours to go until Euro 2020 gets underway a sizeable chunk of Dream Team Euros bosses are falling for the oldest trick in the book.
When constructing your XI it’s important to remember the mechanics of fantasy football. For each player you consider, ask yourself – how will he score his points?
Most of the time the answer will be blindingly obvious. Harry Kane should score goals. Gianluigi Donnarumma will probably keep clean sheets. Kevin De Bruyne is likely to provide assists.
However, not all talented players have an obvious path to points. Take N’Golo Kante for example.
The Frenchman is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in world football but his strengths don’t necessarily translate to points. Points are dished out for goals and assists, not ball recoveries and distance covered.
Kante provided two assists in the Premier League this season and didn’t score any himself. In reality, this is absolutely fine because he excels at his role.
But in the world of Dream Team, where you don’t have to worry about your XI being balanced to any degree, defensive midfielders should be avoided at all costs – only keepers and defenders get points for clean sheets.
Our ratings providers WhoScored only awarded Kante one Star Man award in the Premier League this season and he ended the league campaign with an average rating of 6.86.
So if he’s not scoring or assisting, and he’s not racking up Star Man awards, how exactly is he going to score points?
10% of Dream Team Euros bosses have fallen into this classic trap, blinded by Kante’s brilliance to the extent they’ve overlooked how the game functions.
Make sure your midfield is packed with players capable of producing goal contributions as frequently as possible.
At the time of writing, Kante is more popular than Christian Eriksen, Kai Havertz, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, and a whole load of other midfielders more likely to score goals and provide assists this summer.
Kane is a world-class footballer but Dream Team Euros just isn’t his domain.