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Numbers don’t lie – Bellingham leading the way for England at UEFA Euro 2024

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Real Madrid have been well-represented in the Euros this summer, with many of Los Blancos’ stars extending their dominant domestic form to the international stage.

One of the major standout performers thus far has proven to be Jude Bellingham. The midfielder has been a ray of light for the England national team, as he has bailed them out with his goals a couple of times already.

On the very first matchday of the tournament, Bellingham won the man-of-the-match award for scoring England’s only goal against Serbia.

But the moment that took the case was his equalizing bicycle kick against Slovakia in the dying embers of the game.

Bellingham’s stunning overhead kick allowed the Three Lions to take the game to extra time and ultimately seal victory.

Bellingham has been a cut above his peers

Despite his influential moments, the Englishman has faced criticism for occasionally seeming absent and only making fleeting appearances.

He has been accused of being minimally involved and neglecting his responsibilities as a true midfielder.

A cut above the rest. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, delving deeper into Bellingham’s statistics allows a fairer picture to be painted and showcases that he is more than just a goalscorer. Compared to his teammates, Bellingham’s statistics speak volumes.

The 21-year-old has scored the joint-most number of goals for England at the Euros (2) and, in fact, has as many major tournament goals as legends like Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and David Beckham (3).

With 22 touches in the opposition box, he is a frequent threat inside the final third and a constant headache for defenders.

He has the most take-ons completed (10) and the most fouls won (4) by any England player as well, which is a testament to his ability to regularly take men on and create danger through himself.

Moreover, Bellingham has shown various instances of his relentless spirit out of possession by pressing his guts out. The numbers only back that claim up.

Indeed, Bellingham has the most possession won in the final third (4), showing how much of an asset he is off the ball.

Finally, the 21-year-old also boasts the most through balls (2) and joint most goals (2) for England.

Tomorrow, Bellingham will lock horns against Switzerland and aspire to leave an impact once more.

*Stats credit: Squawka

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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