The current Belgian side – Belgium’s Golden Generation – is the number one ranked team in the world right now. Belgium are also the overwhelming favorites to win the tournament this time. Even though the Red Devils made the 2014 World Cup quarter finals, it’s when they reached the Euro 2016 quarter finals that they made their statement to the world. They finished third in the 2018 World Cup under Roberto Martinez and their progress since then has been even more remarkable. Grouped with dark horses Denmark, Finland and Russia, Belgium should undoubtedly advance from the group stage. The following visualisation shows the players to watch out for in Group B.
Note: Data for this visual was collected on 5th May, 2021
Jonas Wind (Denmark):
The 22-year-old center-forward, playing for F.C Copenhagen, is an allround attacker who can play as an out and out striker or as an attacking midfielder behind the striker. Only two other players have scored more goals than Wind in the current season. Jonas Wind also ranks third for assists in the current season in the Danish SuperLiga. Having made his senior debut for Denmark towards the end of last year and coming off the back of a prolific season in front of goal, Jonas Wind will be looking to make his mark in this summer’s European competition
Youri Tielemans (Belgium):
No outfield player has played more minutes for Leicester City than Youri Tielemans. Tielemans also started five games for Belgium in the 2020/21 season, only two other Belgium players started more. Since he signed for Leicester City in the summer of 2019, he has become an untouchable player for both club and country. The midfielder has also been one of the best players in this season’s Premier League. His ability to excel both defensively and offensively, as shown in the radar above, makes him one of the most important players in this Belgium squad and that is why he is one of the players to watch out for in this tournament.
Glen Kamara (Finland):
Glen Kamara played almost double the minutes for Rangers this season in the Scottish Premiership. However, he had a relatively ordinary domestic season, as shown in the visual above. That being said, his ability to play in different positions across the midfield, including as a defensive midfield, makes him one of the most important players for Finland. He is, therefore, one of the players to watch out for in this summer’s European championship.
Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Russia):
Zhemaletdinov, the 24-year-old playing for Lokomotiv Moscow, can either play as a winger or as a midfielder. His ability to create chances for his teammates frequently, as shown by his above average percentile rank for key passes per 90 in the Russian Premier League, makes him one of the most creative players in this Russian squad. He is someone who also likes to get inside the box to finish chances. Hence, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, having made his senior national debut recently, will be one of the players to watch out for in this Russian squad.