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Five players to watch from Group E feat. Southampton and Manchester City stars


Five players to watch from Group E feat. Southampton and Manchester City stars

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  1. Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi is unlikely to start for Belgium, considering the frankly frightening strength in depth they boast amongst their arsenal at this moment in time. That being said, it will be hard for Belgian coach Marc Wilmots to ignore the 22-year-old who currently plies his trade at Marseille, after signing from Standard Liege in 2014.

Batshuayi has been in profilc form for the past few seasons – netting 22 in 43 games in his last campaign at Liege, before scoring 11 in 28 and 21 in 45 over the past two seasons in Ligue 1 at Marseille.

At just 22 Batshuayi is by far from the finished product, and that in itself is testament to just how good he could become. He has been linked this summer with Spurs and West Ham and should he perform well for Belgium, one can probably assume his market value will rise even more.

This very exciting young striker is certainly one to watch this summer.


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  1. Shane Long

Shane Long may not get the pulses racing of football fans as much as some of the other players on this list, but make no mistake, he is an underrated striker, and one that needs to be on fine form if the Republic of Ireland are to escape what some are calling ‘the group of death’.

Long is coming into this tournament off the back of his finest season yet – never before has he netted ten Premier League goals, and in fact the achieved this feat with Southampton having played less games than when he notched eight with West Bromwich Albion back in 2012 and 2013.

Long is also blessed with experience at this stage in his career. He is 29 and holds 62 Irish caps – experienced but not ‘past it’. Arguably the main goal-scoring threat in the Irish side, Shane Long is the one to watch if you are cheering on the ‘Boys in Green’ in France.

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