Hoffenheim's Fabian Schär (l.) impressed The Scout during Switzerland's victory over European Champions Portugual.
Hoffenheim's Fabian Schär (l.) impressed The Scout during Switzerland's victory over European Champions Portugual.

The Scout: My international standouts

That James 'the Coach' Thorogood bloke drives me crackers. He's at his desk when all of a sudden he starts jumping for joy as if he's scored an injury-time winner to clinch the title. Yes, he made a good start to the Official Fantasy Bundesliga with a Matchday 1 total of 128 points, but I'm only 16 off the pace.

We all know that a coach is only as good as his scout, but that's a topic for another day. So while James bathes in the glory of his mini triumph on the opening weekend, I'm going to run the rule over some of the Bundesliga's standout performers during the international break. Some really surpassed themselves, but that does not necessarily make them a good pick for Matchday 2.


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Breel Embolo(FC Schalke 04, forward, 12m)

Now, you would expect Bundesliga newcomer Breel Embolo to walk into the Schalke team to face FC Bayern München on Friday night. The 19-year-old Switzerland international forward played a blinder against UEFA EURO 2016 champions Portugal on Wednesday night, scoring the opening goal in a priceless 2-0 win, but even that does not guarantee he will start on Matchday 2 against such high-profile opposition.

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Julian Brandt(Bayer 04 Leverkusen, midfielder, 14m)

For those willing to delve a little deeper into their pockets, look no further than Julian Brandt. The 19-year-old dazzled as a substitute in Germany's World Cup qualifying win away to Norway, and only found himself on the bench in Mönchengladbach on Matchday 1 due to his recent exertions at the Summer Olympic Games. Now, though, with Hamburger SV visiting the BayArena this weekend, his time has come. And if like me you're a big fan of his style, now is the time to act. His price will only rise.