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Fantastic Four: Underrated EPL Gems That Can Shine at EURO 2024

The major international tournaments are a great opportunity for new talents to emerge on the big stage – with plenty of scouts around the world watching on.

But for every Karel Poborsky and Gilberto Silva – signed by Manchester United and Arsenal respectively after shining at EURO ’96 and World Cup 2002, there’s an El-Hadji Diouf or an Oleg Salenko to remind us that all that glitters isn’t always golden.

However, here’s four underrated EPL stars who can show their class at EURO 2024 this summer.

Pascal Gross

Even though they have struggled on the international stage for a while now, there are plenty of punters who are tucking into Germany’s odds for the EUROs.

That EUROs outrights betting market has the host nation at 4/1 – a shortening from their original 11/2 position. Only England (3/1) and France (7/2) are considered to have a better chance of lifting the trophy.

That’s largely because this is a supremely-talented German squad with plenty of players that have thrived domestically in 2023/24. One such underrated gem is Pascal Gross, who continues to thrive despite his Brighton side falling off a metaphorical cliff during the second half of the campaign.

Gross ranked third for Progressive Passes in the EPL and fourth for Shot Creating Actions in 2023/24, which shows his creativity and dynamism – something Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann may just prize in a midfield that will likely feature veterans Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan.

Ryan Christie

Scotland will have their work cut out in a tough Group A, having been paired with Germany, Switzerland and Hungary.

But remember, some third-placed teams will qualify for the knockout phase – which gives them an opportunity to progress to the Round of 16.

If they’re to do so, Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Christie could be a pivotal figure. He played 167 progressive passes in 2023/24, which puts him in amongst the top-30 players in the EPL – and more than a number of more celebrated names.

Ranking inside the top-30 for Shot Creating Actions, Christie shone as a playmaker for the Cherries – he’ll be hoping to take that form onto the big stage with Scotland.

Joao Palhinha

Even teams blessed with an array of creative aces need a ‘destroyer’ or two in their midst in order to provide stability and win the ball back.

Portugal will play some eye-catching football at the EUROs, that seems certain, but they may also lean on the more agricultural qualities of a midfield battler like Joao Palhinha.

Bedevilled by the trend for defensive midfield players to be completely overlooked, Palhinha continues to be a revelation for Fulham – he topped the charts for tackles won in both the defensive third and the midfield third last term.

The 28-year-old also ranked top-ten for interceptions and blocks, confirming his outstanding defensive contribution to the Cottagers.

Jose Sa

It’s often easy to quantify the performances of outfield players, especially attackers – goals, assists, key passes and the like are as instructive as football stats get.

It’s not so straightforward to appraise the performance of goalkeepers, as they are only one component in the overall success (or otherwise) of a defensive unit.

But Wolves’ Jose Sa continues to stand out in the available data as a safe pair of hands at the elite level. He ranked fifth of all goalkeepers in the EPL for Save % in 2023/24 and sixth for Crosses Intercepted, while his goals against column was impacted by his side’s divisional-high of eight penalties conceded.

Portugal are dark horses for success at EURO 2024, so it’s possible that Sa – like the other players on the list – will shine as an otherwise underrated star on the major stage.

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