Six Championship players who impressed at Euro 2020
Hopefully everyone has been able to digest what an amazing tournament the Euro 2020 was. It doesn't matter whether you're English, Welsh, Scottish, your side did you proud. But now it's time to focus on what comes next, and that's the Championship baby!
However, while we're all still in the mood for a bit of Euro 2020 content, I took it upon myself to rate the best Championship players at the tournament. Now it does come with a caveat.
Wales had the most second-tier based players at the Euro's so we'll try avoid picking five of those (they have been thoroughly impressive, hats off to Robert Page there) but there are plenty of other players who impressed throughout the competition.
Here are the six who stood out:
We think Joe Morrell deserves a heck of a lot of praise here. It was great business from Luton to pick up the Bristol City man, but he was far from a regular. In fact, he only made ten appearances in the 20/21 season.
So for him to head to the Euro's and play as well as he did can be viewed as a surprise. He was infact a huge asset for Wales in the group stages, marshalling the midifield. He bagged an assist against Switzerland in the first game, dominated the middle against Turkey and was instrumental in helping Wales out of the group stages.
Hungary were incredibly unfortunate to be put in the group, but there's always a cannon fodder team in the so-called 'group of death'. To be honest, they were far from it and made the group even more competitive.
They were fantastic in their 3-0 defeat to Portugal in a scoreline that flattered Ronaldo FC, and were fantastic against Germany in the final group game that saw the most drama.
Adam Nagy was of course at the centre of that leading the midfield as Hungary kept it compact, tight and hit their opposition teams on the counter. He averaged 2 tackles and 1.3 interceptions as he broke up play according to WhoScored. Bristol City fans will be hoping on the back of a half-decent tournament, he can kick on for them in the 21/22 season.
Another Robin getting a mention! Assured, dominant, composed. All the things needed to be a top-level defender and Kalas has always had it. That's why Bristol City paid the money they did for him and this tournament showcased that ability.
The Czech's were never fancied and in a group among England, Croatia and Scotland it was always going to be tough. But his assured performances meant it was a great showing from the Czechs. And his assist against the Netherlands in the round of 16 *chefs kiss*. He averaged 1.2 blocks and 4.4 clearances a game as he helped his side get to a quarter-final.
It wasn't the showing Poland wanted at Euro 2020 and with a strong squad, it was a surprise to see crash out in the groups.
However, one player who should be proud of his performances is Kamil Jozwiak. He was assured and confident - completely different to his output at Derby for 20/21 season. Now, granted he does have Lewandowski as his target but he was playing with confidence Derby fans rarely saw as they battled relegation.
He averaged two key passes at the Euro's compared to 0.6* throughout the whole of the 20/21 season which goes to show he does have the capability to create regularly. If he can carry that form through, he'll be a huge asset for Derby in the coming season.
*Yep, the data pool is smaller but he showed something not many Derby fans saw last season.
This is just a Kieffer Moore fan podcast and there's nothing you can do about it.
In all seriousness though, how good is he?
He adds something completely different to Wales' attacking play. I mean he is a massive presence and can ruffle feathers as all good number 9's do, but the lad can play. There was a number of occasions where Moore took the ball on his chest, trapped it, turned and ran with the ball.
It was a shame we didn't see Moore of him (sorry), but it bodes very well for Cardiff City supporters this season. Bagging the equaliser in the opener against Switzerland after going behind was pivotal to getting Wales going.
He's just in here for the memes.
By Justin Peach | @JustinPeach27