Tunisia: Ellyes Skhiri (1. FC Koln)
Group D opponents: France, Denmark, Peru
Tunisia’s best player actually comes via France. Defensive midfielder Ellyes Skhiri was born and raised in a Montpellier suburb to a French mother and a Tunisian father. When Tunisia came calling, Skhiri didn’t think twice about representing his father’s native land. Skhiri plays at a much higher level compared to virtually all of his teammates. He’s staked a starting spot as the No. 6 for Cologne in the Bundesliga. A heady player, he’s equally as efficient in breaking up opposing counterattacks as he is getting into the final third and scoring. On the year, Skhiri has four goals and an assist (as of April 19th) in only 18 appearances. Those numbers are quite good considering his responsibility first and foremost is to defend.
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