After their disappointment in the 2018 World Cup Germany will be looking to go all the way in this summer’s European Championships and give a winning send off to their coach Joachim Löw. But that won’t be an easy task as they are grouped with World Champions France and defending European Champions Portugal. Underdogs Hungary also compete in this group, with some promising names on their roster. This is very much the group of death at this summer’s competition, and one of the world’s heavy-weights will be sent packing before the knockout stages even begin. The below visualisation shows the players to watch out for from Group F.
Note: The data for the visual was collected on May 5th, 2021
Florian Neuhaus (Germany):
Florian Neuhaus has steadily made a name for himself in the Bundesliga. Coming from the back of a decent individual season in 2019/20, Neuhaus is currently having another above average season. The midfielder is one of the chief creators in the M’Gladbach side. As shown in the visual above, Neuhaus also scores frequently for a midfielder. Having made his international debut recently, the 24-year-old midfielder is one of the players to watch out for in this Germany side looking to prove everyone wrong.
Jules Kounde (France):
Jules Kounde first caught the eye of mainstream football fans last season when he was impressive for Sevilla in the league and in Europe. Kounde, only 22 years old, continued his impressive form this season in Sevilla’s push to secure Champions League football. The c center-back is extremely good in 1v1 defending as indicated by his percentile rank for defensive duels. He is also above average for Aerial Duels Success Rate as shown in the visual above. Kounde is quick, has a good eye for a pass to spot the run of his teammates and, given his impressive form, it would not be surprising if he plays a vital role in this summer’s Euros even though he has only just been called up for the first time.
Nuno Mendes (Portugal):
Left backs taking creative responsibility is becoming quite common these days in football. Mendes, only 18-years-old, is quick, and has an eye for a pass. He ranks in the 78th percentile for expected assists per 90 among fullbacks in Primeira Liga. He has been linked with top clubs in the Premier League as a result of his excellent attacking showing for Sporting CP this season. Mendes will be one of the bright talents going to the Euros this summer and is one of the players to watch out for from Portugal.
Roland Sallai (Hungary):
Roland Sallai has the same number of goals as Jadon Sancho in the Bundesliga this season. However, the 23-year-old winger from Hungary is not a creator like Sancho or some of the other Bundesliga wingers, as shown in the visual above. He is also someone who frequently attempts shots and hits the target frequently as well. Having made his senior debut five years ago, Sallai is now an established part of the team and if Hungary are to cause any upset in the tournament they will need Sallai to step up.