Come and join us: Sportsmail's experts spot the stars who could light up next season's Premier League
21:12 GMT, 15 June 2012
These 10 stars are the hot property on show at Euro 2012. Here, Sportsmail’s team of reporters, on the ground in Ukraine and Poland, identify the players Barclays Premier League scouts should be recommending to their bosses. Prepare to see one of these men at an English ground near you soon…
Mats Hummels (Germany)
Position: Centre back Age: 23 Club: Borussia Dortmund
Scout's report: Joachim Low’s team came into this tournament with some pundits predicting their defence would be their achilles heel. Hummels has proved them wrong so far. Schooled at Bayern Munich, but honed at Borussia Dortmund — he has just signed a new five-year contract to remain with the German champions. These days, few clubs are willing to commit for that length of time unless the player has something special. Tall, quick and mobile, he has all the attributes to play at the highest level for years to come.
He'd fit in at… Arsenal, Manchester City.
Mats Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek
Lukasz Piszczek (Poland)
Position: Right back Age: 27 Club: Borussia Dortmund
Scout’s report: An attacking right back, this guy is a sprinter with a footballer’s brain. Comfortable in both halves of the field, he also has the stamina and aggression necessary for the Premier League. Last season he signed a contract extension keeping him at Dortmund until 2016. While Poland’s captain Jakub Błaszczykowski and striker Robert Lewandowski have attracted most transfer speculation, Piszczek has begun to earn a lot of attention. His raids down the right are a feature of his game and his pace and touch have shone.
He’d fit in at… He’s classy enough to play for Manchester United or Chelsea.
Holger Badstuber (Germany)
Position: Centre back Age: 23 Club: Bayern Munich
Scout’s Report: An exceptional left-footed defender. Classy and composed on the ball, he has an excellent reading of the game. He started his career at full back so he can operate in wider areas. He needs to work on his finishing when he goes forward for set pieces, judging by the header he put straight at the goalkeeper in Germany’s game against Holland.
He’d fit in at… Manchester United or Arsenal. His versatility would definitely be a bonus for Arsene Wenger, given the manager’s difficulties in defence last season. And you never know, he might even make compatriot Per Mertesacker look a decent player!
Holger Badstuber and Roman Shirokov
Roman Shirokov (Russia)
Position: Midfielder Age: 30 Club: Zenit St Petersburg
Scout’s Report: The facts behind the 30-year-old’s controversial career appear stranger than fiction. He has faked injury, argued with coaches, been reprimanded for drinking, spent some time in the army and been tossed on to the footballers’ scrapheap before working his way back up.
Converted from centre half to midfielder, he is in the best form of his life. An outspoken critic on Twitter, he even called fans of his own club ‘morons’ after they disrupted a Champions League game with firecrackers. Scored a delightful goal against the Czechs and has blossomed under Dick Advocaat.
He’d fit in at… Liverpool or Chelsea
Claudio Marchisio (Italy)
Position: Midfielder Age: 26 Club: Juventus
Scout’s Report: A dynamic presence in the centre of the park, Marchisio has been with Juventus his entire career. He won his first senior cap in 2009 and has since established himself as a key member of Cesare Prandelli’s team. He played in six Euro 2012 qualifiers and grabbed a vital goal in the 1-1 draw with Serbia last October. Recognised as a quality passer of the ball, he has the nickname of Il Principino — The Little Prince — and began his career as a striker in the Juve youth team. Marchisio contributed nine League goals in the Old Lady’s march towards the Serie A title.
Value: Minimum 15m
He’d fit in at… Tottenham post-Modric, Manchester United.
Claudio Marchisio and Vaclav Pilar
Vaclav Pilar (Czech Republic)
Position: Wide midfield, winger Age: 23 Club: Wolfsburg
Scout’s Report: Scored twice already for the Czechs in the tournament. He was a lone threat against Russia but showed great willing as well as skill. At 5ft 7in, he’s called the ‘Czech Messi’ back home and has worked hard at Euro 2012 to prove he deserves such an illustrious nickname. It is known that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is impressed by Pilar after their clubs met in the Champions League.
He’d fit in at… Aston Villa, Sunderland.
William Kvist (Denmark)
Position: Holding midfielder Age: 27 Club: Stuttgart
Scout’s Report: Defensive midfielders appear to be all the rage at this championship. Kvist might claim he is more than that, but there has been little doubt as to his effectiveness in Morten Olsen’s side. Like many of Denmark’s top players, he made his way to Copenhagen, although he was originally used as a right back. He made the headlines following Denmark’s opening success over Holland — claiming that he was ‘pinched’ by Mark van Bommel. It might not be too long before clubs in England are looking to do likewise.
He’d fit in at… Fulham or Everton. Any team seeking a protective midfielder.
William Kvist and Mathieu Debuchy
Mathieu Debuchy (France)
Position: Right back Age: 26 Club: Lille
Scout’s Report: When Bacary Sagna suffered a broken leg in Arsenal’s last home match of the season, football fans in France knew something the rest of us didn’t – Debuchy could play. His man-of-the-match display against England shows that Sagna has a fight on his hands to regain his position. Debuchy has played for just one club but his exposure to Champions League games this season will certainly have added to his confidence and value.
He’d fit in at… Newcastle lead the chase, but most big clubs with attacking full backs will fancy him.
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
Position: Midfielder Age: 24 Club: Sevilla
Scout’s Report: Ireland could not live with Luka Modric’s positioning and slick passing once he shifted through the gears in Poznan on Sunday night. And it was Rakitic who benefited most from the Irish team’s inability to hinder Modric’s freedom. Either taking up wide positions on the right or slipping into dangerous positions behind Stephen Ward, the Sevilla midfielder created all sorts of problems with his Beckham-style crossing. He’s not a conventional winger but certainly a player who would not look out of place in the Premier League.
He’d fit in at… Would certainly do a job at Manchester United or Arsenal.
Ivan Rakitic and Alan Dzagoev
Alan Dzagoev (Russia)
Position: Forward Age: 21 Club: CSKA Moscow
Scout’s Report: Joint top scorer at Euro 2012 after three goals in Russia’s two games, Dzagoev is definitely on the radar of Europe’s top clubs now. But anyone who saw Russia’s qualifying campaign would know that the energetic forward is a skilful player who possesses the ability to divide defences and who can score a goal, too. Playing in that difficult-to-mark role behind the strikers, he is Arshavin with attitude — and his Russian advisers were putting his name to the big guns before the tournament.
Value: 15m and increasing
He’d fit in at… Already watched extensively by Arsenal.