Not many have tipped Wales to go that far in this year’s EUROs. After their 3-0 humbling in Sweden this week, it was clear to see just how much Chris Coleman’s side missed Gareth Bale when he wasn’t on the pitch.
He played a small amount of the second half, and it was clear to see that the Dragons looked pretty lacklustre without him.
But despite what many people think, Wales do have some handy players other than the Real Madrid superstar.
They’ll need every member of the squad at full capacity if they want to go far in France without relying on just one man, so with that in mind, here are FIVE players that could do the business for the Welsh…
Veteran defender James Collins could be a massive player for Wales this summer. At 32, he’s one of the most experienced internationals in the squad and despite him coming to the end of his career, he still managed to feature over 25 times for West Ham last season. He’s expected to be involved quite heavily for the entirety of Wales’ tournament, so if he is in form Wales could do better than expected.
A pretty obvious one, this. After Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey could be Wales’ biggest player. The Arsenal midfielder will be a guaranteed starter throughout and his good form will be imperative if Chris Coleman’s side want to upset the odds in France. Expect a tough midfield duel between Ramsey and Eric Dier when the two home nations meet in Group B.
Having a Premier League winner in your side can’t be a bad thing and Andy King will be hoping he can start more games at the EUROs than he did for Leicester City last season. Whilst he wasn’t a starter week-in, week-out at the King Power Stadium, his impact was hugely important for Claudio Ranieri’s side, who relied on big performances from substitutes throughout the campaign.
We saw King’s quality shine through when Leicester overcame Swansea City 4-0 towards the end of the season, where he started and won the Man of the Match award.
For years Hal Robson-Kanu has been a big player at the Madjeski Stadium for Reading and with a move to the Premier League finally in the offing this summer, he has the chance to prove his credentials further at the EUROs. This silky winger has the ability to break open defences, and he could prove as useful on the opposite flank as Gareth Bale.
Arguably the most important player in the squad, Sam Vokes is the man that has been trusted to get the goals for his international side. He hit 16 goals for Burnley last season and was a massive reason why they got promoted back to the Premier League, and Wales fans will hope he can fire them out of Group B. A good finisher with a yard of pace, Vokes’ form will be massively important if Wales are to do well this summer.