- Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne; affectionately known as ‘KDB’ by Manchester City fans, is just one bright light in a star studded Belgium side, that will be desperate to win silverware just over the border in France. Coming off the back of a successful season personally for the Citizens; in which De Bruyne notched 16 times in all competitions, the attacking midfielder will need to be on top form to help Belgium advance through the tournament.
Under-used (and perhaps underappreciated and undervalued) at Chelsea, after a spell at Wolfsburg (during which the author was priviledged enough to see KDB play – and he dutifully scored a free-kick against Borussia Dortmund) De Bruyne is now back in the Premier League, as Manchester City paid a reported £55 million club record fee to secure his services.
If KDB can continue to replicate his form in a blue shirt in that of his country this summer, not only will he be exciting to watch but he may well bring the best out of his Belgian colleagues – a scary thought for anyone who faces ‘The Red Devils’.
- Lorenzo Insigne
Lorenzo Insigne is a diminutive winger, and the 25-year-old Napoli player is one of the most exciting stars to watch currently in Italian football.
5 foot 4 Insigne has nine caps for the Azzurri, made his debut back in 2012 and was included in the 2014 World Cup squad. However, it has been the 2014/15 season that has really been the breakthrough for Insigne, as he scored 12 goals in 32 Serie A games, which as a winger, is not to be sniffed at.
He was also an integral part of the Napoli side that finished second in Serie A and won all of their games in the Europa League group stage before getting knocked out by Villarreal in the round of 32.
He may not be a mainstay of the Italian side, but as a wildcard off of the bench he could prove very tricky to handle for tiring defences.