The Swiss Super League is starting to develop into a little gem for European clubs. Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Roman Bürki have all respectively made the move across to Europe’s most competitive leagues in recent years.
With big potential and little fees involved, more clubs from Europe’s ‘top five’ leagues are starting to scout the once relatively unknown league. Out of all the major European leagues the Bundesliga has the biggest grasp of the Swiss Super League. With ten players in the current Swiss national team playing in Germany, expect German clubs to return to the Swiss Super League to have a look at the following players.
Breel Embolo is an 18-year-old FC Basel striker that made his international debut for the Swiss national side earlier on in the year. Now, with a taste of international football, Embolo will now be aiming to stay in the squad for the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Embolo has started the league campaign well with three goals and two assists in his first eight games of the season. The physically imposing, but technically gifted striker is now starting to develop into one of the most promising young strikers in Europe and has been linked to clubs like Arsenal and Wolfsburg recently. Embolo has already got 23 goals and 15 assists in 64 games for FC Basel, which is quite remarkable giving the fact he was only born in 1997.
Shani Tarashaj is a Grasshopper Club Zürich attacker that spent most of last season as a secondary striker or as a left-winger. This season under new manager Pierluigi Tami, Tarashaj has spent most of his time in an attacking midfielder role.
So far this experiment has paid off as Tarashaj has a healthy return of eight goals and two assists in his first 13 games of the season. This included a brace against rivals FC Zürich in 3-2 win on match day three.
Tarashaj will be looking to cement his place in the first eleven for Club Zürich this year as he spent most of last season as a substitute and only completed 90 minutes once throughout the whole season.
Yvon Mvogo is currently the BSC Young Boys number one goalkeeper. He will be another young Swiss dreaming of making the shortlist for the 2016 UEFA European Championship squad. Mvogo made his debut for BSC Young Boys back in 2013 at the age of 19 and despite competition from a more senior and experienced goalkeeper in Marco Wölfle, Mvogo managed to remain as number one.
The acrobatic goalkeeper has started the season in impressive form, most notably his performance against FC Basel on match day nine, when in the final quarter of the game he was forced into making several saves as he was put under pressure by FC Basel when they were desperately searching for a late equaliser.
Moussa Konaté is a former Maccabi Tel Aviv and Genoa striker that didn’t have the easiest of times when he first came to Europe. Struggling to find the back of the net, Konaté only managed to score 7 goals in 38 appearances for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He was then later sold to Russian club FC Krasnodar, where he failed to impress and was loaned out to Serie A team Genoa. Once again he struggled in front of goal as he only managed to score a single goal in 26 appearances.
Since he moved to FC Sion, Konaté started to flourish and show his true potential. Finishing his first season with 22 goals in 33 appearances, he was one of FC Sion’s key players that helped them reach Europa League qualification. The Senegalese striker has continued his good form for the Swiss outfits by contributing with seven goals and five assists in his first 15 games of the season.
Michael Lang is a versatile defender who can play across the back four and also in a defensive midfielder role. Lang moved from Grasshopper Club Zürich to FC Basel this summer and the former Zürich player scored the winning goal when the two teams met back in match day two.
Lang has made a total of nine appearances for the Swiss national team and has always been in and out of the squad since he made his debut back in 2013. With such a big tournament at the end of the season, plus the fact Lang still hasn’t cemented his place within the national squad, expect a big season from this FC Basel defender.