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For soccer fans, the summer of 2016 is an exciting time to be alive! We’ve got the Euro 2016 in June, followed by the national leagues at the end of July. If you haven’t already, it’s the perfect opportunity to get into fantasy soccer. Here are some tips on how to draft your players, from goalkeeper to striker.
Goalkeeper: Timo Horn (FC Köln)
Timo Horn is a relatively unknown player, but worth paying attention to. He’s been progressing regularly for three seasons, and at a young age of 23 he has time to improve even more. He was a major component in the stabilization of FC Köln’s position in the Bundesliga during the 2015-2016 season.
Horn’s stats weigh him down, he has only managed 8 shutouts in 33 games. However he has great potential and is continuously improving, thusly making him an excellent addition to your fantasy soccer team. Rumor has it that Horn is to be signed up for Liverpool.
Defense: Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo)
Sime Vrsaljko is one of the best defensive players. Vrsaljko is based in the relatively unknown team Sassuolo, that finished 6th in 2015-2016 Seria A, positioning themselves between Fiorentina and AC Milan. The Croatian fullback was active in the defense, but also offence, with 4 assists in 35 games. His ability to make a difference at both ends makes him an ideal, well-rounded pick for your fantasy soccer team.
Moreover, he is expected to leave Sassuolo soon for a bigger club, so strike soon, because his cost is about to sky rocket. Vrsaljko is a member of the Croatian team in the Euro 2016, giving him a great platform in front of a worldwide audience.
Midfielder: Kevin Strootman (AS Roma)
Kevin Strootman was considered one of the best midfield players when he played for AS Roma in Europe in 2013/2014. His stats were amazing, 5 goals, 6 assists. Since his knee injury early 2015, Strootman has stayed off the field, but has recently returned! His faded visibility makes him an affordable pick for your fantasy soccer team, and may turn into a solid investment.
Midfielder: Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
If you’re looking for a star player, Dimitri Payet is your man. He was transfered from Olympique de Marseille last season to join the Premier League. During the Premier League Payet made 9 goals, amazing free-kicks, and 12 assists in 30 games. He is regarded as one of the best offensive midfielders in soccer.
Your wallet might wince if you buy him, but he is certain to pay you back. As a major player in the French national team, his Euro 2016 presence will give you time to test him before including him in your fantasy soccer squad.
Striker: Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar)
At the age of 21, Dutchman Vincent Jassen is predicted to get signed to Premier League. His season AZ Alkmaar in Eredivisie proved that he’s a player on the rise. AZ Alkmaar ended up 4th in the 2015 Championship and PSV came in first. Jassen scored 27 goals, and is the second best scorer to Luuk de Jong in PSV Eindhoven. There is a 25 points difference between the two top goal scorers.
Considering that the Dutch team didn’t qualify for the Euro 2016, Jassen will cost less, but this does not reflect his skills. He’s a very promising addition to your fantasy soccer team.
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