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          Four emerging talents to watch out for this summer

          Euro 2020: Group E - Ones to watch

          2021/06/08 16:18
          Stephen Gillett
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          With the tournament now in full swing, now's a great time to share extracts from Playmaker's 40-page Euro 2020 guide - and here's the lowdown on four emerging talents set to grace the stage in Group E. 

          Our high-quality quartet features a Barcelona playmaker, a Bundesliga newboy, a Slovakian version of David Silva and an all-action Swede. Let's go!


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          Pedri (Barcelona and Spain)

          Luis Enrique’s biggest weapon in this Spain squad is the sheer quality and variety of midfield options at his disposal, which allows him to change game dynamics on the fly. 

          Spain’s surplus of technical midfielders was regarded as a bane in the past, but it could be their salvation this summer.

          Among the current crop of emerging stars is a unique talent, Barcelona’s Pedri. The 18-year-old has caught the eye repeatedly this season, and even managed to put a smile on Lionel Messi’s face, and he may well be doing the same for world audiences this summer.

          Canary Island footballers are built differently to their fellow countrymen, and Pedri’s tight control and incisive running will help shake up the team’s options going forward.


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          Tymoteusz Puchacz (Union Berlin and Poland)

          Poland’s success will come down to the recognised names, but one player who does not currently fit that bracket is Lech Poznań’s left back Tymoteusz Puchacz, who recently agreed a deal to play for Bundesliga high-flyers Union Berlin next season.

          A converted winger, the 22-year-old is a strong ball carrier and provides a threat in the final third. 


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          Tomáš Suslov (Groningen and Slovakia)

          Losing Slovan Bratislava striker Dávid Strelec to injury on the eve of the Euros was a blow for Slovakia, but the emergence of Tomáš Suslov offers cause for optimism.

          Hailed as ‘The Slovakian David Silva’, the 18-year-old has impressed as Arjen Robben’s understudy at Groningen.

          Skilful and imaginative with the ball at his feet, Suslov often plays as an inverted winger and is dangerous drifting in from wide areas.


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          Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar and Sweden)

          Krasnodar’s Kristoffer Olsson has been one of the key reasons for the Russian side's success over recent years, and the 25-year-old could take a place in central midfield alongside Sampdoria’s Albin Ekdal.

          A box-to-box player who contributes well at both ends of the pitch, Olsson will want to prove himself on the big stage.

           

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