EURO 2016 is well and truly under-way and there are plenty of teams that are already trying to grab the headlines.
Notable mentions should go to Hungary, who overcame many people’s dark horses for the tournament, Austria, 2-0, while Iceland scored their first goal at a major tournament in a stunning 1-1 draw with Portugal. Then there was Italy, who put in arguably the best performance so far in beating Belgium 2-0… and that’s something that should please Chelsea fans.
The Blues faithful have been keen to see how incoming boss Antonio Conte sets his teams up and if he can get similar results for Chelsea as he did for Italy, then they’ll be more than happy.
This won’t be the only performance that has caught the eyes of Chelsea fans though, there has been plenty of stand out individual showings, too, and here at FootballFanCast we think these FIVE should interest the club…
Despite the talk of Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik and the emerging Bartosz Kapustka, the real star of the Poland performance against Northern Ireland was Krychowiak. The powerful Sevilla midfielder broke up play and drove his team forward as well as being an inch away from scoring a cracker.
He’s got all the tools to be a Premier League midfielder and would really strengthen the Blues’ engine room.
Sommer put on a goalkeeping clinic against Albania to help his Swiss team secure three points in group A. With rumours circulating over the future of Chelsea’s current No.1, Thibaut Courtois, incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte may be on the look out for a new man between the sticks and Sommer has shown he’d be more than able.
Bonucci staked his claim as one of the world’s best defenders as Italy completely out-thought Belgium in their 2-0 win. A fine long raking pass from the centre half capped his performance as he set up the first of his nation’s two goals, and as a man who already knows Conte, he’d be the ideal player to get the Italian manager’s tactics on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge as quick as possible.
Payet is beginning to show that he’s a genuine world class talent. Few players in the closing minutes of their nation’s opening game would be able to even think about trying what he did to win the game – let alone actually do it. The Frenchman could be one of the stars of the tournament if he carries on and whilst he’s happy at West Ham, a huge bid might test their resolve.
Schar looks a real threat when the ball goes into the box from corners and free kicks. Chelsea have had someone similar in John Terry for years scoring from set pieces, but as the Blues’ captain is in the twilight of his career, the club need to be looking at someone to try and fill the massive void he’ll leave.
Schar can score goals and is a decent defender, so he might just be the answer.