We have already taken a look at the players to watch from CONCACAF and from the USMNT to watch during this summer’s tournament that will be held all around the United States. With many of the world’s biggest stars descending upon the U.S., it will be no surprise that many big name EPL stars will make their presence felt for their countries. Let’s take a look at 5 such players from the EPL to watch out for during the Copa America Centenario.
Sergio Agüero – Manchester City (Argentina)
Known as one of the most deadly strikers in the world today, the Argentine will look to help his talented Argentina squad win the Copa this summer. Agüero has faced some of the toughest defenders in the world week in and week out and will hope that experience will pay off. It never hurts having Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Angel Di Maria (PSG) by your side during attacking runs either. I am expecting Agüero (if healthy) to score some fantastic and crucial goals for Argentina.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (Chile)
Sanchez is one of the most skillful players in the entire world today and his pace and ability on the ball shows every weekend across England. Alexis is one of the two main players for the talented Chile squad with Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal holding down the midfield. Sanchez seems like a mainstay in the headlines during the larger tournaments as he puts in beautiful performances every match. I expect Sanchez to have another stellar tournament.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool (Brazil)
Coutinho has become a star for Liverpool over the past few seasons since his arrival from Inter Milan. Although it is hard to get into the talented Brazilian squad, Coutinho will looking to make the squad and capitalize on a big opportunity to make himself a main stay in the squad. With his form for Liverpool this season and with new manager Jurgen Klopp pushing him to become even better, the Copa could be a huge summer for the 23-year-old.
The starting keeper for Colombia who took the world by storm during the 2014 World Cup with his near perfect performances, has seen limited action for Ospina. Playing second fiddle to Petr Cech has been tough for the Colombian as he could have gone else where and started every week. However he could be set to have another big tournament this summer I think if he can put in another great tournament, Ospina could be linked to yet another move to a big club.
Enner Valencia – West Ham (Ecuador)
Valencia has been relatively average since his arrival at West Ham after the 2014 World Cup. However, Valencia seems to be one of those players who performs better for his country rather than club. Ecuador has a decent chance to make it out of their group with Brazil, Peru, and Haiti making up the group. Let’s see if Valencia can put together another impressive summer.
Others to Watch:
Fernandinho – Manchester City (Brazil)
Carlos Sanchez – Aston Villa (Colombia)
Marcos Rojo – Manchester United (Argentina)
Nicolas Otamendi – Manchester City (Argentina)
Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City (Argentina)
Roberto Firmino – Liverpool (Brazil)
Willian – Chelsea (Brazil)