Since winning Euro 2012, Spain have been below average in all the international competitions they have partaken in. Luis Enrique will be looking to take his team deep into the tournament and it is fair to suggest that this squad is the best Spain have had in recent years. Grouped with 2018 World Cup quarter finalists Sweden, Poland and Slovakia, the job at hand for Spain should be fairly easy, one would think. The following visualisation shows the players to watch out for from each team in Group E.
Note: Data for the visual was collected on May 5th, 2021
Dani Olmo (Spain):
The rise of Dani Olmo over the last one and half years has been quite remarkable. After signing for Leipzig in January 2020, Dani Olmo is having an excellent season at RB Leipzig. Olmo is a quick right-footed player who frequently plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder. He is not one of the frequent goal scorers in the team but is an able creator. None of the attacking forwards have played more through passes per 90 minutes than Olmo. The 22-year-old also ranks among the best for key passes per 90 minutes. Having made his senior Spain debut in November 2019, Olmo is now a regular in the Spain team and will be one of the players to watch out for this summer in the Euros.
Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden):
Having made his move to Juventus in January 2020, Kulusevski joined the squad at the beginning of the current season. Kulusevski has not really lit up Serie A in the 2020/21 season, however, he is only 21 years old and could still play an integral part in Sweden’s challenge for the European Championships. As evident in numbers, Kulusevski is quite a creator. Only five other wingers have a higher xA per 90 value than Kulusevski. A lot of Sweden’s hopes in the tournament lies on the shoulders of Dejan Kulusevski and, hence, he is one of the players to watch out for in the summer’s European Championship.
Kamil Jóźwiak (Poland):
Kamil Jozwiak, the versatile attacker from Derby County, can play either as a left winger or as a right winger. The 23-year-old was an important member of the Derby County squad for the 2020/21 season. Having made his national debut in 2019, Jozwiak will be one of the key creative forces in this Poland team. Jozwiak is an above average dribbler and decent crosser from both the sides of the pitch as indicated in the visual above. His versatility is an added advantage for him and that is why he is one of the players to watch out for in this Poland team.
Ondrej Duda (Slovakia):
Duda’s loan move to Norwich in January of 2020 did not quite work out well as Norwich were relegated at the end of the season and the Slovakian ended with zero goals or assists for the Canaries. However, Duda secured his permanent move to FC Köln at the beginning of the current season and has had a decent campaign so far, especially in front of the goal. He ranks among the best midfielders for goals and assists per 90. The experience of Duda should be a valuable asset for Slovakia and is certainly one to watch this summer.