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Top five best attacking midfielders to watch out for Euro 2024

Published at :June 14, 2024 at 10:03 PM
Modified at :June 14, 2024 at 10:03 PM
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Ajay Gandhar

These players would be responsible for dictating the outcome of the matches.

The attacking midfield position has evolved tremendously over the past decade as the modern game demands players who can create chances, make late runs into the box, and provide a consistent goalscoring threat themselves. The role requires a unique blend of attributes – the vision and passing range to unlock defenses, the technique and close control to dribble out of tight spaces, the off-the-ball movement to find pockets of space, and the composure to finish chances themselves.

The great attacking midfielders have the guile, creativity and mental toughness to dictate play in the attacking third while also working tirelessly to press and recover the ball.

At Euro 2024, these players will be the ones to watch as they aim to stamp their creative brilliance on the biggest stage:

Antoine Griezmann (France)

After rediscovering his best form at Atletico Madrid, the 33-year-old 2018 World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann will be a crucial player for France at Euro 2024. Griezmann operates as a hard-working, versatile forward who can drop into midfield, disrupt opposition builds with his pressing, make runs in behind to stretch defenses, and provide clinical finishing in the box.

His experience, big-game mentality and intelligent off-the-ball movement will complement France’s array of attacking stars like Kylian Mbappe and Oliver Giroud as they aim to win their first Euro in 24 years.

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Jamal Musiala (Germany)

The 21-year-old Jamal Musiala has emerged as a star for Bayern Munich with his dribbling ability, vision, and composure in front of goal. Musiala could have a defining breakout tournament at Euro 2024 on home soil, tormenting defenses with his creative brilliance and goal threat.

He seems set to establish himself as one of the world’s best players and could inspire Germany to their first trophy since the 2014 World Cup.

Jude Bellingham (England)

After a successful season with Real Madrid, all eyes will be on the 20-year-old Jude Bellingham at Euro 2024. Bellingham’s endless energy allows him to consistently drive play forward and arrive late in the box as an additional goal threat, scoring 23 goals for Real this season across tournaments.

His ability to play intricate combinations but also power past defenders is rare. Bellingham’s youthful confidence and leadership make him a potential breakout star as England aims to win their first major trophy since 1966, with the youngster likely pulling the strings from an advanced midfield role.

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Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)

Bruno Fernandes has been a key creative force for Manchester United since joining the club. The 29-year-old Portuguese midfielder works tirelessly, pressing opponents and driving the team’s attacks. His long-range shooting ability makes him a constant goal threat from deep positions.

Fernandes has scored over 50 goals for United, thanks to his intelligent movement and killer instinct in front of goal. He also excels at threading precise through balls and combining intricately in tight spaces. Portugal will rely on Fernandes to be their main creative outlet at Euro 2024. His big-game experience and mentality could prove invaluable as Portugal aims to win their second Euro.

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Kevin De Bruyne is widely regarded as one of the most complete modern attacking midfielders. The 32-year-old Belgian’s passing range and vision are exceptional, allowing him to find spaces that seem impossible. De Bruyne combines this awareness with the ability to escape markers and make late runs into the box to score goals. De Bruyne scored 6 goals and provided 12 assists across all competitions during the 2023-24 season for Manchester City.

He is the creative hub that elevates Belgium’s talented squad. De Bruyne’s work rate and leadership will be crucial if Belgium is to end their drought in major tournaments, with Euro 2024 potentially his last at his peak.

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