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Dani Olmo, Wout Weghorst, Sasa Kalajdzic, Christoph Baumgartner and Roland Sallai: 5 lesser-known Bundesliga gamers to observe at UEFA Euro 2020

When you’re not already accustomed to Bundesliga quintet Dani Olmo, Wout Weghorst, Sasa Kalajdzic, Christoph Baumgartner and Roland Sallai, you are in for a deal with at UEFA Euro 2020. bundesliga.com explains why…

Dani Olmo

Age: 23
Membership: RB Leipzig
Place: Attacking midfielder
Nation: Spain (11 caps/ 3 objectives/ 1 help)

The most recent in an extended line of cultured midfielders to come back out of Spain, Olmo arrived at RB Leipzig in January 2020, by way of Barcelona’s La Masia academy and a formative stint in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb. The 23-year-old rocked up on the Crimson Bull Enviornment as a two-time Croatian First Soccer League Participant of the Season, and having helped Spain win the U21 2019 Euros. Suffice to say he is delivered on expectations within the 18 months since.

Olmo was heading in the right direction as Leipzig beat Atletico Madrid within the rescheduled 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, taking him on to 13 objectives and eights assists throughout 37 appearances in all competitions for his former and present employers. The Leipzig No.25 continued his ascent of Mount Soccer Superstardom in his first full season within the Bundesliga, contributing a team-leading seven objectives and 12 assists, while including a few strikes to his senior worldwide haul in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Watch: Dani Olmo has been an electrical addition to the Bundesliga

“He has all of it,” enthused Leipzig and Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi of Olmo, who has began 5 of Spain’s final six aggressive fixtures. “Technically, he is sensible. He actually understands the sport, he is aware of tips on how to decide a closing cross and may be very harmful for a midfielder. He is additionally a prime bloke!”

Wout Weghorst

Age: 28
Membership: Wolfsburg
Place: Striker
Nation: The Netherlands (6 caps/ 1 objective)

Talking of diamond geezers, there is a sturdy case to be made that Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben was the Netherlands’ final genuinely world-class participant. The Flying Dutchman impressed the Oranje to runners-up and third-placed finishes on the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, however – failing to qualify for the 2016 Euros and 2018 World Cup – the 1988 European champions have been in a state of flux ever since.

Weghorst could possibly be the catalyst for change. The Wolfsburg No.9 has been feasting on objectives since making the change from AZ Alkmaar to the Bundesliga in summer time 2018, scoring 53 instances in 100 appearances. He opened his Netherlands account towards Georgia of their closing Euro 2020 warm-up, and goes into the finals in career-best kind, having put away 20 Bundesliga objectives in 2020/21 at a clip of 1 each 161 minutes.

Watch: Wout Weghorst’s prime 3 Bundesliga objectives

“Wolfsburg have among the finest strikers within the Bundesliga, in Weghorst,” commented future Germany head coach Hansi Flick earlier within the season. “He is grasping for objectives and he is a superb dimension.”

Sasa Kalajdzic

Age: 23
Membership: VfB Stuttgart
Place: Striker
Nation: Austria (6 caps/ 3 objectives)

Weghorst stands at a sturdy 6’5″, however that is nonetheless a not insignificant 1.5″ shorter than Kalajdzic. The Stuttgart striker is the Bundesliga’s tallest participant – and probably the most efficient. A cruciate ligament damage behind him, he rattled off 16 objectives in his debut top-flight season, eight headers included. The Vienna native with Serbian roots additionally struck 9 instances throughout a membership record-equalling sizzling streak spanning seven matches.

Kalajdzic was rewarded with a maiden senior worldwide cap for Austria’s UEFA Nations League Group B encounter with Romania in October 2020. He netted twice on solely his second begin – in a 2020 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Scotland – and adopted that up with one other effort towards the Faroe Islands. And it isn’t simply us who assume large Sasa is a lot greater than your common goal man.

“He is an excellent footballer,” Stuttgart head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo mentioned of the formidable right-footer. “He hyperlinks up nicely along with his teammates, and communicates very successfully. He is invaluable.”

Christoph Baumgartner

Age: 21
Membership: Hoffenheim
Place: Attacking midfielder
Nation: Austria (10 caps, 3 objectives, 2 assists)

Kalajdzic is not the one Bundesliga-based participant within the Austria camp. Younger Baumgartner is one in every of 21 all advised, the Hoffenheim playmaker incomes his first shot at main match soccer after producing six objectives and 5 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances for the membership he joined as a 16 yr previous in summer time 2017.

There are shades of midfield nice Michael Ballack within the former disciple of Julian Nagelsmann, underneath whom he made his professional debut two years in the past. Baumgartner operated in a No.10 function within the rump of his home outings in 2020/21, however has performed large proper and left in his earlier two for Austria. Regardless of receiving his maiden senior call-up as just lately as September 2020, he is began 9 out of his 10 video games for Franco Foda’s Group C darkish horses. Anticipate that pattern to proceed on the pan-European finals.

Watch: Christoph Baumgartner went all-out magician towards Cologne on Bundesliga Matchday 28

“A yr in the past, he was nonetheless a younger participant, who made too many actions on the pitch and performed too many easy passes astray,” Foda defined of the previous Austria U21 worldwide. “Now he is extra economical, extra mature, while retaining the carefreeness of a avenue footballer. He retains possession, even when dribbling at pace. He is additionally scoring objectives – some extraordinary ones at that.”

Roland Sallai

Age: 24
Membership: Freiburg
Place: Proper winger
Nation: Hungary (22 caps, 4 objectives, 2 assists)

Sallai’s using a equally upward curve at Freiburg. To not be confused with worldwide teammate Adam Szalai of Mainz, the Hungarian winger hit peak kind halfway by means of the 2020/21 marketing campaign, swelling his season tally to eight objectives and 6 assists for a Freiburg facet that completed simply 5 factors adrift of the European qualification locations.

Continental soccer as a substitute presents itself within the type of the European Championships, the place Hungary might be with out play-off saviour and star-in-the-making Dominik Szoboszlai. Having stepped up within the Leipzig midfielder’s absence in 2020 FIFA World Cup qualifying, registering two objectives and an help in video games towards Poland and San Marino, Freiburg’s reply to Jadon Sancho might be key to the Magyars’s prospects of escaping the fabled ‘Group of Demise’ – France, Portugal and Germany full the part – with their very important indicators intact.

Watch: Roland Sallai hepled himself to a primary Bundesliga brace on Matchday 12

“Roland has taken one other sizeable step in latest months, his improvement is absolutely constructive,” commented Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier in March, after Sallai penned a brand new, undisclosed contract extension with the Black Forest membership. “Roland is more and more enjoying with extra decisiveness and maturity. His depth and agility with the ball at his toes are an actual boon for us.”

Chris Mayer-Lodge

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