Leeds United man giving UEFA Euro 2020 Fantasy Football fans value for money, fellow White a potential wildcard for Matchday 3

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips is in the top four UEFA Euro 2020 Fantasy Football midfielders when it comes to value for money.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 11:35 am
Updated Sunday, 20th June 2021, 11:38 am
GOOD VALUE - Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips has nine points in the UEFA Euro 2020 Fantasy Football game thanks to his involvement for England in their first two games and an assist for Raheem Sterling's winner against Croatia. Pic: Getty
GOOD VALUE - Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips has nine points in the UEFA Euro 2020 Fantasy Football game thanks to his involvement for England in their first two games and an assist for Raheem Sterling's winner against Croatia. Pic: Getty

The England midfielder costs just €5m to include in your fantasy side and thanks to his nine point haul so far, has represented good value for the seven per cent of players who have picked him.

Only Italy stars Manuel Locatelli (3.1) and Domenico Berardi (2) and Ukraine maestro Andriy Yarmolenko (2.1) rank higher than Phillips for points per €1m.

The Leeds man has picked up four points for playing every minute of England's opening two group games against Croatia and Scotland, along with two points for a pair of clean sheets.

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It was his assist for Raheem Sterling's winner against Croatia, worth three points, that really rewarded those who put their faith in a player normally known for his defensive work rather than final third success.

Phillips is the fifth highest scoring England player to date and the most successful of Leeds' seven representatives at the tournament.

Gjanni Alioski is the next most popular Whites man in the game. The North Macedonian defender's attacking nature and penalty-taker status is likely behind his inclusion for three per cent of Fantasy players.

One of only nine defenders to hit the net in the first two match rounds, Alioski picked up five points from the 2-1 defeat by Ukraine, having failed to register a point in the 3-1 opening loss to Austria. The three goals conceded and his yellow card cancelled out the two points for playing 90 minutes.

But against Ukraine the minute points for conceding two goals and for missing a penalty were more than compensated for when he tucked in the rebound of the spot-kick.

While he will definitely start the final group game, Alioski's chances of points against heavy favourites the Netherlands appear slim, although the Group C leaders are already through to the last 16 and may rotate players for tomorrow's clash with North Macedonia.

Mateusz Klich has been worth two points, to date. He played 85 minutes in Poland's surprise 2-1 defeat by Slovakia and 55 minutes in the creditable 1-1 draw with Spain, although picked up a yellow card in that game. The midfielder did come close to a goal, clipping the top of the bar with a long range effort.

Poland need to beat Sweden to stand any chance of progressing and Klich appears likely to feature again, making him a wildcard pick for players give his relatively thrifty €6.5m price, his creativity in the final third and the goal threat he carries.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper, who costs €4.5m, has picked up a solitary point thanks to lasting the full 90 minutes in Scotland's unfortunate 2-0 defeat by Czech Republic in the opening fixture.

Cooper was sacrificed for the following game by Scots manager Steve Clarke, a fit-again Kieran Tierney coming back into the starting XI to face England in a 0-0 draw.

It seems likely the Whites centre-half will miss out again when Scotland take on Croatia in a must-win final group game. The need to attack makes Tierney a good bet to start again if Clarke retains a back three.

A trio of Leeds players are yet to feature at the Euros.

Tyler Roberts [€6m] is struggling to get into Rob Page's side ahead of striker Kieffer Moore and attacking midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Wales take on Italy today but know that they are all-but through to the last 16 regardless of the result. With that in mind there is a chance Page freshens things up and rests players, which Italy will almost certainly do, so there could yet be a chance for the Leeds attacker to make his major tournament debut.

Robin Koch [ €4.5m] looks likely to miss out again when Germany face Hungary, given how tight Group F, the 'group of death,' currently is. Joachim Löw stuck with the back three who started the 1-0 defeat to France and they subsequently secured a 4-2 win over Portugal.

Spain's Diego Llorente [€4.5m] encountered more drama before the tournament began than he has since. He was removed from the squad due to a positive Covid-19 test but then a series of negative tests allowed him to rejoin Luis Enrique's group.

The one per cent of players who have selected the Leeds defender are yet to get their reward and Spain need to beat Slovakia on Wednesday to qualify for the last 16, so Enrique is unlikely to make swingeing changes.