You would be forgiven for not noticing who played in goal for Spain last night.
Luis Enrique’s side had 85% possession against a Sweden side who were so set on a 0-0 manager Janne Andersson substituted Alexander Isak in the 69th minute – the only man who looked remotely likely to affect a goal for the visiting team in Seville.
Eagle-eyed viewers would have noted that it was Unai Simon, not David de Gea, between the sticks on the rare occasions when the ball was within 25 yards of La Roja’s goal.
Granted, he didn’t have much to do. Such was Sweden’s passiveness he even had time to take a throw-in at one point.
The team selection was not entirely unexpected. Man United’s keeper has fallen out of favour for club and country in recent months.
Dream Team Euros bosses were evidently aware of the uncertainty as both De Gea and Athletic Bilbao’s No1 have relatively low ownerships.
In fact, Simon appears in just 0.8% of Dream Team Euros sides at this stage.
3.2% of bosses would have been disappointed to see De Gea start on the bench. Time to use a transfers, lads and lasses.
Only a tiny percentage of Dream Team Euros managers benefited from Simon’s clean sheet – he pocketed five points on Monday night.
A straight swap looks simple enough – both Simon and De Gea cost £3.5m.
Spain may have lacked efficiency in the final third but their ability to retain possession makes their defensive options appealing – you can’t concede if you never give the ball away.
Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres all bagged eight points against Sweden but Simon’s minuscule ownership makes him a potentially shrewd differential.
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