As we’ve seen so far, there have been some sterling performances in this year’s EUROs.
And whilst we’ve not been surprised by some of the bigger names playing as well as expected, some of the competition’s smaller players have impressed, too, doing their chances of earning a move to a bigger side no harm at all.
But who are these players that could be using France as a springboard to move to one of Europe’s greats? Or simply to a better club side?
Here’s FIVE individuals that have impressed so far and could be set to earn a move to a top team…
At 34, Hoolahan is no spring chicken, but you wouldn’t have guessed it as he helped his side to a hard-fought draw against Sweden this week. The former Shelbourne star shone in attacking midfield against the might of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co, and he slapped home a fantastic volley to give his side the lead. Many have been surprised he’s still at Norwich – he’s been great for the Canaries for years now – and he could have earned himself a move at the last minute in his career.
Whilst this Italian is already established as one of the best centre-halves in his native Italy, he’s not necessarily a household name in the rest of Europe but after his performance against Belgium, he could be. His Italy side tanked to a 2-0 victory over Marc Wilmots’ much-fancied Belgium, and Bonucci was fantastic throughout. He played one of the passes of the tournament to allow former Sunderland man Emanuele Giaccherini to slot home the opener and he did little to harm his ever-rising reputation.
Milik is an up-and-coming star in the Polish ranks, and he grabbed a massive goal to give his side a hard-fought 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in Group C. Whilst he started alongside star-striker Robert Lewandowski, he largely plays second-fiddle to the Bayern Munich man in terms of stature when playing in the Poland jersey.
But his goal may have changed that and it went down extremely well in his homeland. Could the Ajax man have opened the eyes of some of Europe’s greatest? Leicester are said to be keen.
Srna has been a mainstay at Shakhtar Donetsk since joining them back in 2003, and he’s turned down many big-money moves throughout his career to stay with the Ukrainian giants.
But after his performance against Turkey, Srna once again proved why he is one of his country’s’ most consistent performers. He cracked a free-kick off the bar and kept Turkey star Arda Turan in his back pocket for the entirety of the game – a feat made more impressive considering he is now 34-years-old. But with Srna showing no signs of letting up, could one last offer finally tempt him away?
This 24-year-old defender put in a man-of-the-match performance to give Switzerland victory over Albania, and he also grabbed the goal to give them the win too. Schar orchestrated their defence extremely well, keeping Albania at bay for most of the game. His dominance in the air was extremely noticeable as he kept any potential attacks to a minimum and whilst he’s already well thought of at club side Hoffenheim, could his good performance last week have alerted some of Europe’s bigger outfits?