Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
With the Euros just around the corner it’s almost time to lock-in your fantasy football selections. To help you settle on the best side ahead of the opening round of games, we’ve put together a list of the five best bargain options at the tournament.
Below are five picks across all positions of the pitch who could pad out your side or prove to be decisive in your mini-leagues. With all the fixtures packed into a tight schedule, it pays to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the lesser-known names this summer.
For more build up to the tournament don’t forget to see our latest Euro 2020 news.
GK – Lukas Hradecky – Finland (4.0m)
The cheapest and most popular starting goalkeeper in UEFA’s Euro 2020 fantasy, Finland’s Lukas Hradecky is a great option as a back up goalkeeper. As in qualifying, Finland are expected to play a more defensive five at the back, which does open up opportunities for clean sheets even in a relatively tough group containing Denmark, Russia and Belgium.
Even if they are unable to keep the ball out the back of the net, the Bayer Leverkusen shot stopper should be well set to pick up some save points for the minimum possible impact to your budget.
DEF – Jason Denayer – Belgium (4.5m)
Another popular pick for many Euro 2020 fantasy football managers is Belgium’s Jason Denayer – and for good reason. After a great season in France with Lyon, he should be a key part of Roberto Martinez’s back three, who kept a clean sheet in 7 of their 10 qualifying games.
As one of the tournament favourites, Belgium are looking to win Group B and go deep into the tournament, and at just 4.5m of your budget, Denayer is hard to look past as a budget defender who could play a crucial role in your team.
MID – Mason Mount – England (7.0m)
Mason Mount is one of the cheapest ways into the England midfield, behind the likes of Foden (8.0m), Grealish (7.5m), Sterling (9.5m) and Sanco (9.5m), yet far more likely to start. Needless to say, the Champions League winner has had a superb domestic season, and with two goals and an assist in his last four appearances for The Three Lions, it’s evident he has the ability to take that even further on the international stage this summer.
MID – Ferran Torres – Spain (8.0m)
Another young midfielder who has shone in the Premier League this season is Spain’s Ferran Torres, who appears to have cemented his position in Luis Enrique’s starting XI thanks to some fine performances over the past 12 months. The Manchester City forward has scored six times in only 11 matches for his country, including an unbelievable hat-trick during the memorable 6-0 demolition of Germany last November.
FOR – Burak Yilmaz – Turkey (8.0m)
At 35-years old, Turkey veteran Burak Yılmaz is heading into what is probably his last Euros in the form of his life. With six goals in his last five games domestically for Lille, and five in his last four games on the international stage for Turkey – which includes a superb hat-trick against Netherlands in March – it’s easy to see why nearly 13% of Euro 2020 fantasy managers like the look of this budget option. Featuring in what looks set to be a surprisingly interesting opener against Italy on Friday, you can look to get your Euro 2020 off to a bang with this lesser-known forward.
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