The Euros have a history of being a tactically tedious tournament as varying styles across Europe clash at the premier competition. In the midst of different philosophies and organizations, the role of strikers hasn’t been tinkered. The job of scoring the goals may seem a little straight forward proposition, but some strikers will hold the key for their teams to progress further into the tournament. Look at five strikers who could be crucial to their side’s chances in France.
Oliver Giroud has faced constant criticism from Arsenal and French supporters alike, the latter's displeasure seem slightly unfair. Giroud's performances for France have always been decent, scoring goals on regular intervals. Benzema's absence seems to be the reason behind the unjust criticism towards Giroud, many blaming him for the Real Madrid star's non-selection. After scoring seven in the last five games, Giroud has alleviated some doubts over his abilities and will be crucial to France in the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016.
Perhaps the most underrated player in Europe, Thomas Muller is expected to be Germany’s biggest asset. Launched into limelight after winning the 'Golden Boot in FIFA 2010 World Cup', Muller has always been in incredible shape and form when he has been called up for Germany. The Bayern Munich striker bagged a whopping 32 goals this season, even though he was operating from the midfield and will remain optimistic ahead of the Euros.
The Zenit St. Petersburg hitman will be carrying the load of Russia's expectations in France. Completing a decent season after scoring 21 goals, the striker's prolific nature will be pivotal for a naturally static Russian outfit. His influence will also be important in matches.
Probably the best striker in Europe at the moment, Polish wonder Robert Lewandowski is expected add another dimension to the already contested tournament. The Bayern Munich forward clinched a stunning 44 goals for the Bavarians this season. Regarded by many as the darkhorses of the Euros, Lewandowski's form would be crucial to Poland’s hopes in France.
The Northern Ireland striker was at his scintillating best for Wigan this season. Scoring 26 goals in the English Championship this season, Grigg has proved his worth at the club level. Young and energetic, the 24-year-old is a rising talent in England and will get a chance to show his worth on the biggest stage in Europe.