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The Europa League is well into the final phases of the competition now and, slowly but surely, the cream is starting to rise to the top and Thursday’s quartet of fixtures provides a platform for some of the stars of Europe to shine.
Creative Kings aims to pick out the players that lay it on a platter for their grateful teammates and I’ve picked out a trio of genius playmakers that could make all the difference in the quarter-final second legs.
Don’t forget to check out all our Europa League predictions and analysis.
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Atalanta vs RB Leipzig
Creative King: Christopher Nkunku
Christopher Nkunku has been an absolute monster for RB Leipzig this season, leading both scoring and assisting charts for the club with a total of 38 goal involvements across the Bundesliga, Champions League and Europa League.
The 24-year-old Frenchman scored and assisted in Leipzig’s 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Sunday and now has two goals and three assists in his last three competitive outings, while he has laid on five goals in his last five appearances for his club. He has failed to get involved in the goalscoring in just four of his last 13 RB Leipzig appearances and can punish an Atalanta defence that have conceded six goals in their last three games.
Barcelona vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Creative King: Ousmane Dembele
Booed fiercely as recently as February, Ousmane Dembele was given a standing ovation at the Camp Nou at the beginning of the month and that just serves to illustrate the scale of the transformation the 24-year-old Barcelona player has undergone since Xavi’s arrival in Catalonia.
Dembele provided an assist in that man of the match performance against Sevilla and he laid on another goal at Levante over the weekend, bringing his total to 11 assists in just 14 La Liga appearances. He has nine assists in his last 11 outings in all competitions and, while he has been used sparingly in the Europa League this season, he could retain his place with Barca in need of a victory after the 1-1 draw in Frankfurt.
Rangers vs Braga
Creative King: James Tavernier
James Tavernier may be a right-back but the Rangers defender has turned into an attacking powerhouse this season, leading the way in assists by some distance and behind only Alfredo Morelos in the goalscoring charts for the Scottish giants.
The former Newcastle and Wigan player has had a hand in 24 goals in 41 appearances across the Scottish Premiership and Europa League this season and 14 of those have been him turning provider for his teammates. The most recent of these came in Rangers’ 4-0 demolition of St Mirren on Sunday and he has played a part in four goals in his last seven outings for the club.
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