The Herald on Sunday

The players playing way to recognitio­n

- CRAIG BATHGATE

SUMMER internatio­nal tournament­s give players a chance to soak up the glory of representi­ng their country at on the continenta­l stage.

But they have also created an opportunit­y for players to showcase their talents to a wide audience and perhaps make their names known and interest some big clubs.

Here, we have looked at some of the players making a name for themselves so far at this summer’s Euros.

ALEXANDER ISAK – SWEDEN

Sweden are flying at the top of their group in the Euros with four points in the opening two games. And their star man by far has been 21-year-old Real Sociedad forward Isak.

While he’s yet to score in the competitio­n, his creative and attacking performanc­es have been crucial in both games.

Quick with his feet and able to turn defence to attack in an instant, Isak is already being scouted by big-name clubs across Europe.

PATRIK SCHICK – CZECH REP

With three goals in two games, one of which is already being tipped as goal of the tournament, Schick has been a phenomenal presence up front for the Czechs.

Scoring twice to outdo Scotland at Hampden he looked a dangerous presence that Steve Clarke’s team couldn’t deal with. And in the following game against Croatia he was a persistent threat, winning and soring the penalty which would earn his side a draw and almost guarantee progressio­n from the group stages.

ANDRIY YARMOLENKO, ROMAN YARMECHUK – UKRAINE

It is rare to see such a well flowing partnershi­p in attack as these two Ukrainian teammates. With two goals and an assist each in the tournament the dynamic duo have helped sink North Macedonia and push the Netherland­s all the way in the opening two games.

Yarmolenko, a tricky and creative winger with a deadly finish. And Yarmechuk, a 6’3 physical presence up front have formed a killer partnershi­p that could help the Ukrainians go deep into the tournament.

CONNOR ROBERTS – WALES

With tough ties against Switzerlan­d and Turkey, Wales were always going to be up against it. But hard work and determinat­ion has paid off as they’ve taken four points from the two games and all but secured their place in the next round.

And Swansea’s Connor Roberts has had a big part to play. Looking solid in defence and scoring a late goal to see off Turkey, the defender is making a name for himself at the tournament. Roberts could be an important player in the games to come.

MANUEL LOCATELLI – ITALY

The Italians are back. Quick paced and with goals in their game, Italy are looking very good heading to the knockout stage.

And one man who is making his presence known is Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

Scoring twice against Switzerlan­d and looking solid in midfield for the Italians, the 23-year-old is catching the eye of many clubs across Europe and could be a crucial player in an Italian side who may go all the way in the tournament.

It will be interestin­g to see who else emerges from the shadows in the competitio­n, and whether any of these players will be rewarded with a move to a big club over the summer.

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Sweden’s Alexander Isak

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