5 bargain forwards who could score goals at Euro 2020 for thrifty Dream Team Euros bosses

Dream Team Euros gaffers can fantasise about a forward line of Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe all they like.

In practice, this superstar trio would cost £21.5m of your £50.0m budget, leaving you with just £28.5m to spend on your other eight players.

Those who wisely don’t want to be too top-heavy this summer may have to consider which of the cheaper forwards could prove to be hidden gems.

Here we’ve identified five bargain forwards (£3.0m or cheaper) who could score goals at Euro 2020 and mix it with the Dream Team Euros big dogs.

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Burak Yilmaz (£3.0m)

At 35 years old, Turkey’s captain is hardly a sprightly up-and-comer but he’s heading into this summer’s tournament having just inspired Lille to the Ligue 1 title.

Yilmaz top-scored for his club as they pipped PSG to the post by a single point in France’s top flight.

A hero of Turkish football having plundered goals for Trabzonspor, Galatasaray and Besiktas, the experienced striker is finally benefiting from a continental reputation after his talismanic efforts in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Turkey face Italy, Wales and Switzerland in Group A and Yilmaz will certainly fancy his chances of bagging against the defences of the latter two opponents.

Ante Rebic (£2.5m)

The 27-year-old scored six goals in his last eight games as Milan finished as runners-up in Serie A, the historic club’s highest finish since 2012.

Rebic averaged a league goal every 172 minutes in 2020/21, which is pretty good going for a player who is not an out-and-out forward.

While club goals have come frequently in recent years, he is yet to establish any sort of form in front of goal for Croatia.

Three goals in 36 caps does not reflect the threat the ex-Frankfurt man offers and, having finished the domestic season so strongly, Euro 2020 could well be the platform for his best performances for his country yet.

Croatia face England first up in a testing contest but will fancy their chances of beating Czech Republic and Scotland.

Alexander Isak (£1.5m)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was set for a typically high-key return to international football this summer but the 39-year-old has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Could the enigmatic striker’s absence actually be a blessing in disguise for Sweden?

After all, they already have a physically imposing striker in the form Alexander Isak.

The 6ft 4in forward scored 17 goals in La Liga for Real Sociedad this season and will be the focal point of Sweden’s offence once Euro 2020 is underway.

Isak scored his first international goal three months after his 17th birthday and has long been compared to Ibrahimovic in his homeland.

Can the 21-year-old do what Ibrahimovic never managed and score more than two goals at a major international tournament?

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Artem Dzyuba (£1.5m)

This would be a bold shout but not one utterly devoid of logic.

The grizzled Russian scored 20 league goals for champions Zenit St Petersburg this season and has been in fine form on the international stage ever since he scored three goals on home soil at the 2018 World Cup.

Since then, Dzyuba has bagged a further 15 goals in 20 games for his country.

Russia performed much better than expected at the World Cup and if you think they will cause problems for Belgium, Finland and Denmark in Group B then Dzyuba is your man.

Gerard Moreno (£3.0m)

This option is very much in the high-risk, high-reward category.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed the best season of his career in 2020/21, scoring 23 La Liga goals – a tally only bettered by Lionel Messi – and firing Villarreal to the Europa League final (to be played later today).

If he starts as Spain’s centre-forward at Euro 2020 then £3.0m looks like an absolute steal but there’s a chance he may be used as an impact sub with Alvaro Morata top of the pecking order.

Keep an eye on La Roja’s pre-tournament friendlies against Portugal and Lithuania, if Moreno gets the nod – he’s also capable of playing from the right – then he could be a Dream Team Euros game-changer!

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