The Foreign Legion: Five Premier League Players Who Will Shine at Euro 2016Published June 2, 2016
We are just a few short days away from the big summer tournament so it’s as good a time as any to take a look at those players we feel will set the Euro 2016 finals alight!
Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France)
Talk about a player who is on fire. The West Ham man is scoring world-class free-kicks for fun, his latest effort against Cameroon being a prime example, and is sure to make a real impact this summer. Indeed the Upton Park star is sure to be the subject of growing interest from across Europe once the tournament is done and dusted.
N’Golo Kante (Leicester City & France)
Tough tackler was a relative nobody before his move to the King Power Stadium and such is the progress made by the defensive midfielder the 25-year-old is now likely to feature prominently in Didier Deschamps’ plans.
The tireless runner is unsurprisingly now a major target across Europe and his standing can only increase over the summer.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea vs Belgium)
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard endured a miserable time of it from August to April but experienced a real return to form in recent weeks that will greatly excite national team coach Marc Wilmots’.
The 25-year-old failed to net a single goal until late April but then racked up four efforts in five games, including a superb solo effort against Liverpool, and will be raring to go as he returns to France having enjoyed a good time of it with Lille before his move to Stamford Bridge.
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal & Switzerland)
Arsenal fans can get a good look at their recently acquired signing as he takes centre stage, quite literally, in Switzerland’s side as they look to push on through a fairly sedate group that will probably be topped by France.
Gunners supporters continually push Arsene Wenger to spend on new additions and the North London side are said to have forked out around £30m for the 23-year-old and that sum may appear cheaper if the former Borussia Monchengladbach man makes an impact in France.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester City & Austria)
Hugely talented full-back enjoyed a superb season with the Foxes and will go into the Euro 2016 finals on a high and is the most capped member of Marcel Koller’s Austrian national team squad.
Austria romped to the finals off the back of nine wins and a draw in qualifying and are a solid bet to make it through to the knock-out stages, watch out also for Stoke City’s Marko Arnautović.