The secrets are out.
Every team participating in Euro 2020 has played at least one game and so now is a logical time for Dream Team Euros gaffers to make a transfers or two.
We’ve identified three hypothetical transfers that seem wise given what’s already transpired. Be aware we’ve already suggested changes based on Spain’s goalkeeper situation and the simplification of Belgium’s right wing-back spot.
It’s unlikely that all these suggestions will be relevant to your team but you can apply the same logic to your XI.
OUT: Bruno Fernandes (£6.0m), IN: Paul Pogba (£5.5m)
The secret to mastering the Group of Death is to target Hungary’s fixtures. Cristiano Ronaldo and co cashed in on Group F’s whipping boys with a 3-0 win and France will hope to do the same on Saturday.
Fernandes just about scraped a 7+ rating to avoid a total blank on Tuesday while Pogba sparkled for France to bag the Star Man award against Germany.
The Man United midfielder played some of the best passes of the tournament so far in the first half and will be aiming to unlock Hungary’s defence in a fixture Les Bleus will surely dominate.
Portugal v Germany is considerably more difficult to predict so swapping Fernandes for Pogba feels sensible.
OUT: Luke Shaw (£3.0m, IN: Leonardo Spinazzola (£2.5m)
Gareth Southgate sprung a surprise on Dream Team Euros managers by naming Kieran Trippier (£2.5m) at left-back over Shaw and Ben Chilwell (£3.5m) on Sunday.
The newly-crowned La Liga winner is a right-back by trade but England’s head coach clearly felt the ex-Spurs man’s experience was required to help the Three Lions repel Luka Modric (£3.5m) and company at Wembley.
It’s unclear whether Southgate will stick with the same starting line-up this Friday when England take on Scotland but with Trippier and Chilwell for competition, Shaw is certainly not guaranteed minutes.
Man United’s No3 appears in 11.5% of Dream Team Euros sides at the time of writing – that makes him the tenth-most popular defender in the game.
Why not trade Shaw for Spinazzola, one of Italy’s best players in their opening victory over Turkey?
The Roma left-back banked a clean sheet and a thoroughly deserved 7+ rating having gelled with Lorenzo Insigne (£4.0m) seamlessly in attack – Ciro Immobile (£5.0m) just pipped him to the Star Man award.
OUT: Robert Lewandowski (£6.0m), IN: Romelu Lukaku (£6.0m)/Karim Benzema (£6.0m)
It’s always dangerous reading too much into one game but Lewandowski’s relatively subdued display against Slovakia was very telling.
The game played out as many expected with the Bayern Munich No9 unable to make much of service limited in quality.
For all Lewandowski’s exemplary attributes, he is not Lionel Messi. He cannot drop deep to collect the ball in the centre circle to launch mazy dribbles – he’s not that type of superstar.
Slovakia are supposedly the worst team in Group E so if Poland lost to them then Dream Team Euros bosses shouldn’t expect much from Lewandowski against Spain or Sweden.
The blindingly obvious replacement is Lukaku, who also costs £6.0m. However, given that the Belgian has an ownership of 50.5% it’s likely that many Lewandowski owners already have Inter’s No9 in their XI.
Maybe the only other £6.0m striker, Benzema, is a more helpful suggestion?
As previously mentioned, France play Hungary next and the Real Madrid legend was only denied a goal against Germany by a tight (and correct) offside decision.
If Benzema doesn’t tickle your fancy then one of Italians – Immobile or Insigne – may also work out in the long run.