The Nations League is the latest international football competition introduced by UEFA. Teams are divided into leagues based on previous performance, with a winners’ medal, promotion, and relegation between leagues a possibility for those that finish top and bottom of their group. For example, for the 2022/23 Nations League, Ireland are in League B, Group 1, facing Ukraine, Scotland, and Armenia, with top spot in their aim. Irish fans will surely be excited to watch their team have a go at winning their group, and when there are no on-going games, they can always stay in the same exciting mood by playing their favorite football themed slot at Platin Casino Ireland . Let’s take a look at the top prospects in League A.
Rafael Leao enjoyed a tremendous season for AC Milan and was a key player in their title success. Leao plays predominantly as a winger and has plenty of pace and trickery which he used to his advantage for Milan this season. The Portuguese scored 11 goals and created 10 goals for his teammates in the 2021/22 Serie A campaign. Leao has made only 7 appearances for Portugal to date but could take the 2022/23 Nations League by storm considering how high his confidence will be coming into the competition. Could a big money move be on the cards this summer?
In contrast to Leao, the 2021/22 season was a disappointment for Chiesa. The Italian started promisingly and scored in his fourth successive Champions League game as Juventus beat defending champions Chelsea 1-0 at home. However, in early January, Chiesa suffered a serious injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. Having enjoyed a strong first season with Juventus, scoring 15 goals and having 11 assists, the winger would have been confident of producing more of the same in 2021/22. Chiesa, was named in the Team of the Tournament as Italy won the 2020 European Championship.
Jadon Sancho was a big money signing for Manchester United ahead of the 2021/22 campaign having impressed at Borussia Dortmund. Unfortunately, the season did not go as planned at Old Trafford as the team declined. However, there were some bright individual moments for Sancho, with his close control, dribbling, and composed finishing ability able to flourish at times for the Red Devils. An injury towards the end of the campaign means Sancho will miss out on the first set of games in the Nations League but could still be a key player for England heading into the 2022 World Cup.
Having left Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, Christopher Nkunku has become one of the hottest players in European football. The Frenchman enjoyed a tremendous 2021/22 campaign with RB Leipzig, scoring a total of 35 goals in all competitions. The midfielder also registered 13assists, making for an incredible return at club level. Nkunku has appeared only for France ahead of the 2022/23 Nations League but has been called-up to the current squad. Boasting superb dribbling ability and a powerful, accurate shot, Nkunku could play his way into the French starting XI and is an exciting talent.
Pedri has developed into one of the finest young central midfielders in Europe. The Spaniard was limited to 21 appearances for Barcelona during the 2021/22 season due to injury but has quickly become one of their key players. Pedri plays with a lot of intelligence, moving the ball quickly and passing with great vision and accuracy. He is the youngest player ever to represent Spain at the European Championship and was named in the Team of the Tournament. Pedri will be hoping to return from injury and