As EURO 2020 draws closer, many of us have been creating our Fantasy teams and ten drafts later we’re still not sure about them. Which players to include among budget picks is understandably causing plenty of managers an early headache.
With players wanting to select a lot of premium options in their team, they need to supplement with budget picks. However, it’s hard to find those cheap players that are able to contribute lots of points. So here’s five players worth considering.
Lukas Hradecky – €4.0m
The ‘keeper will be one of Finland’s most important players this summer if they are to shock everyone and make it out of their group. He kept eight clean sheets in the Bundesliga this season and had the second lowest goals against per 90 (1.02), helping Leverkusen to qualify for the Europa League.
Also, he performed well in qualification for the tournament, keeping six clean sheets which all led to wins for the tournament debutants. Priced at just €4.0m, you get a guaranteed starter and a great enabler who will pick up save points and possibly a clean sheet along the way.
Joakim Mæhle – €4.5m
The Danish full-back has been part of the very attacking Atalanta team, registering two assists since signing in January. He’s only made eight appearances for Denmark, yet has already scored twice playing as a left-back.
The Euro 92 winners have a good chance of keeping a clean sheet in the group stage, as they conceded only six in qualification and haven’t conceded yet in World Cup qualifying.
They face the Netherlands, Finland and Russia, and will be favourites against the latter sides so Mæhle may turn out to be a worthy pick for your defence.
Top goalscorer odds for #EURO2020:
🏴 Kane €11.5m – 7/1
🇧🇪 Lukaku €11m – 8/1
🇫🇷 Mbappe €12m – 10/1
🇵🇹 Ronaldo €12m – 12/1
🇫🇷 Benzema €10m – 18/1
🇳🇱 Depay €10m – 20/1
🇮🇹 Immobile €10m – 22/1
🇪🇸 Morata €9m – 25/1
🇩🇪 Werner €8.5m – 25/1
🇵🇱 Lewandowski €11.5m – 25/1
— EURO 2020 Fantasy Football (@FantasyFPundit) May 28, 2021
Owen Wijndal – €4.5m
Holland are favourites for all three matches in their group, giving them a great chance of clean sheets. However, his attacking returns are what highlights him as a great option.
Playing at left-back, Wijndal has three assists in his last six internationals and has provided six assists and one goal for AZ in the Eredivisie this season. Playing in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 with inverted wingers, the full-backs will supply the width which will bring the best out of the defender and hopefully some attacking returns.
At €4.5m he’s a cheap way into the Dutch defence with plenty of attacking capability.
Gerard Moreno – €6.5m
The Spaniard has been prolific this season for Villareal, with 30 goals in all competitions, the eighth highest in Europe’s top five leagues. He’s also coming off the back of a Europa League final win and has five goals in ten appearances for Spain.
He’ll be battling with Morata for a starting place, but his form this campaign should make it his. There’s a lack of standout budget options for the forward positions, with most people opting for premium choices here, but if Moreno starts he can definitely perform like a premium asset.
Steven Berghuis – €7.0m
Berghuis has enjoyed an outstanding season for Feyenoord, with 18 goals and 12 assists, averaging 1.02 attacking returns per 90. He’s always involved in attacks, ranking high with 3.71 shots per 90 cutting inside from the right onto his left foot.
As well as that, he has also produced 199 crosses and, with aerial giants Luuk De Jong and Wout Weghorst in the Dutch squad, increases his chances of an assist.
Many might consider these stats to be inflated due to him playing in his native Holland, but nonetheless it is an impressive feat, making him a great budget option to consider for your team this summer.