Manchester United, Chelsea and the top Premier League sides are at the Euro 2012 tournament to look at the top players. These up-and-coming stars are in the process of fully establishing themselves on the international scene and have the potential to turn heads at the finals in Poland and the Ukraine.
One of several players to be dubbed ‘the new Lionel Messi’, is Mario Gotze (Germany.) Gotze can achieve as much as he wants in the game. There are those close to the national team that believe the Borussia Dortmund youngster could go on to be better than Mesut Ozil who is already been influential in the first rubber. A strong Euro 2012 will make it hard for Dortmund to hold onto their prized asset who was thought would leave last summer but advised that he was best off remaining at the club rather than moving abroad. An excellent dribbler of the ball, Gotze has good pace and is a fine distributor of the ball.
Denmark international Christian Eriksen, the Ajax playmaker featured in all eight of Denmark’s qualifiers, scoring once. He is considered one of the most exciting young players in world soccer with a host of European clubs keen on prizing him away from Ajax. Eriksen has pace to burn and is a fine dribbler with excellent technique. Expect to see Eriksen deployed just in front of the defensive midfielders in a central position. He was part of the team that humbled Holland in the first game 1-0.
Scorer of six goals, Alan Dzagoev (Russia) during the qualifying campaign including one in the crucial 3-2 win over the Republic of Ireland and two against the Czechs in the opening game in Group . Dzagoev has the potential to make a real impact at the finals. The CSKA Moscow star can provide defence-splitting passes, possesses good upper body strength and a warrior’s spirit. The attacking midfielder first played for Russia at just 18 years and 116 days making him the country’s youngest ever outfield player.
France’s disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign was a blessing in disguise for the likes of Yann M'Vila who was among those to be promoted to the senior squad as Laurent Blanc undertook a much needed clear out of the underperforming players. The Rennes midfielder has adapted seamlessly to the demands of international soccer and will be charged with screening the back-four in Poland & Ukraine. Tactically astute, a solid passer and a fine interceptor of the ball, a good Euro 2012 will prompt further interest from Premier League clubs.