Here at Undrafted we have been following Euro 2020/21 closely and analysing performances from individual players throughout the tournament. With the tournament coming to an end, it’s time to make our prediction on what players will get that customary “big transfer move” this Summer. This is all off the back of some impressive showings for their country which have excelled them into the eyes of some of Europes power houses. The Undrafted The Network writers will all choose one player each and explain the reasoning behind that decision.
Big Transfer Move – Alexander Isak
Country – Sweden
Club – Real Sociedad
All the talk on this article will be about Netherlands right back Denzel Dumfries, and rightly so because he has had a standout tournament. But my attention is on Alexander Isak of Sweden.
The 21 year old striker impressed in Sweden’s run in the tournament. Although he didn’t manage to score for his country, he was a constant thorn in the opposition’s side and came away with two assists for his efforts. He ran Spain ragged on the counter attack and was unlucky not to score or assist in that game. One effort was cleared off the line and the other his teammate blazed over the bar after an exceptional bit of close control dribbling from Isak set him up.
Isak however came into the tournament off the back of a 17 goal season for spanish outfit Real Sociedad. Following the Swedes exit from the tournament, Sociedad acted quickly and offered Isak a new contract. However, a €35 million release clause has been added. That could entice someone to go for the young man who has some potential.
Big Transfer Move – Denzel Dumfries
Country – Netherlands
Club – PSV Eindhoven
Most of us at Undrafted have been raving about Dumfries all tournament. He’s an exceptional attacking wingback who seems to show up in every attack his team has.
Despite crashing out in the round of 16, Dumfries managed to score 2 goals from his right wing back position.
I know Dumfries is currently at a fairly big club in PSV, but he’s almost guaranteed a move to a giant. I think maybe PSG will come in for him, and he’d suit the attacking force of the Parisians.
Big Transfer Move – Mikkel Damsgaard
Country – Denmark
Club – U. C. Sampdoria
When something bad happens, there’s always a positive that can be taken from it. Damsgaard wasn’t meant to be playing in this tournament as much as he has been, but due to the harrowing events that took place with Christian Eriksen in the first game he is now a pivotal part of the team. Damsgaard is currently carrying the torch for Denmark and is doing an incredible job of trying to fill Eriksen’s boots.
Starting the scoring with a sublime effort in the game vs Russia where a win was vital to get Denmark through, then to go on and shine for the rest of the time he was on the pitch. He also started off the dismantling of Wales in the last 16, assisting Dolberg for the first goal of the match. From how bad the Eriksen scenes were on that day, Damsgaard has done the nation proud and the deeper they go into this tournament the better he gets.
Big Transfer Move – Roman Yaremchuk
Country – Ukraine
Club – K.A.A. Gent
Most years, a major tournament produces one superstar, who nobody was expecting. James Rodriguez is an excellent example of this, however teams will now look at tournament stars with a different set of questions after so many have not worked out. This tournaments star has to be Patrik Schick, a man who has surprised many with his goals including his goal of the tournament Vs Scotland. So why then have I chosen someone else? Well, because I feel like this man is primed for a big move and ready to turn some heads.
Roman Yaremchuk has been slowly plying his trade at these European Championships, alongside the more famous Andriy Yarmelenko. This means the pressure and the eyes are off him, however this does not mean he hasn’t performed. He has scored in two out of the four games Ukraine have played so far, and has been a focal point of their attack. If he can help his team into a Quarter Final (at this point of the tournament) then he can absolutely help Striker needy teams in the big 5 leagues. At 25 years old, the peak of his career is on the horizon, expect a big team to come calling once his tournament is over.
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