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5 Underrated midfielders you should be keeping an eye on | UEFA Champions League 2019/20

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#2 Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)

Emil Forsberg will look to get back to his best and have a good run in the UCL
Emil Forsberg will look to get back to his best and have a good run in the UCL

Many know Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig's jaw-dropping 2016/17 campaign, where his immaculate performances drove the German outfit to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga. However, since then, the Swedish midfielder seems to have have been under the radar. While Timo Werner continues to steal the show, it is necessary to remind everyone as to how good Forsberg really is. 

During Leipzig's maiden Bundesliga campaign, Forsberg took Germany by storm. He registered 19 assists and averaged a staggering 3.1 key passes per game. Furthermore, with an aggregate of 2.8 dribbles and 1.6 shots per game, he proved to be a complete midfielder.

Without a doubt, Forsberg is the hub of Leipzig's creativity. He is capable of making intricate interplay with the likes of Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, and can split the defence with a well-timed through ball. He can also free the wingers by providing a long-ball over the mid or low block by switching play.  

Leipzig's new manager, Julian Nagelsmann, is extremely attack-minded. The ex-Hoffenheim coach is known for his high pressing tactics that focus on retrieving the ball quickly to transition into a fast-paced attack. The 32-year-old coach is surely not afraid of stronger opposition and has experience of Champions League football through his time at Hoffenheim.

Forsberg could take up a more attacking role that sees him closer to the opposition goal. He will look to replicate the form he displayed in Leipzig's maiden Bundesliga campaign. It will be interesting to see how his team fares in a group filled with underdogs.