Back in 2018 when Schick made his big money move from Sampdoria to Roma, many thought the young Czech striker might be Roma’s main man for years to come. But his time in Rome wasn’t as successful as he would’ve hoped, scoring just 5 goals in 46 games for I Giallorossi.
Following his disappointing spell in Italy, Schick was loaned out to German side RB Leipzig before completing a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen 9 months ago, where he has scored 9 goals in 29 games.
In terms of his Euro 2020 campaign, Schick finished joint top scorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo on 5 goals. The 25-year-old has also all but certainly scored the goal of the tournament, a ridiculous lob over the Scotland goalkeeper from the halfway line in the Czech’s 2-0 opening game victory.
Schick followed up his brace in Czech Republic’s first game with an important penalty in his sides 1-1 draw against Croatia, which solidified the Czech Republic’s place in the knockout phase of the competition.
In the round of 16 the Czech’s earned a famous victory against the Netherlands – and yet again Patrik Schick was on the scoresheet, scoring his sides second in the 2-0 win. Schick’s goals helped his nation reach the quarter finals of the European Championships as they did in 2012. However, that is where their journey ended. Bowing out to Denmark in a 2-1 defeat, despite Schick netting a consolation goal in the second half.
With a lack of out and out number 9’s around in Europe at the moment, the Czech striker could be on the move this summer after a prolific tournament.
Dutch full back Dumfries took the competition by storm, playing his football in the Eredivisie for PSV he has made a name for himself of being an impressive attacking full back. However, nobody would have thought that the 25-year-old would have as big of an impact on this Netherlands side that he has had.
Across the three group matches Dumfries scored 2 important goals, a late winner in the Netherlands opening 3-2 win over Ukraine and the second in a 2-0 victory over Austria. Even in the Oranje’s final game, despite only playing the first half, Dumfries was unfortunate not to find the back of the net.
Unfortunately for Dumfries and the rest of the Dutch squad, their campaign ended in the first knockout round. A shock defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic sent them home.
The Dutch kept 2 clean sheets in their 4 games in the competition and Dumfries completed 3 tackles and recovered 6 balls from the wing back position in his nation’s fixtures. Although his sides competition ended earlier than expected, the PSV man has put himself in the shop window for a potential big move this summer.
21-year-old Danish midfielder Damsgaard plays his football in Italy for Sampdoria and was relatively unknown before the tournament. However, the tragic events involving Christian Eriksen in matchday 1 meant that Damsgaard was given a chance to show what he could do as their star man’s replacement.
The Danish midfielder netted twice across the tournament; a brilliant curling shot in his sides 4-1 win over Russia which sent Denmark through to the knockout stages. As well as a thunderbolt free kick in the semi-final against England, which unfortunately ended in heartbreak for the Danes. Damsgaard also contributed an assist in Denmark’s 4-0 thrashing of Wales, setting up Dolberg for the opener.
His ability to travel with the ball and get shots off became apparent as the tournament went on, drawing defenders towards him and getting passes off and shots away. Damsgaard attempted 9 shots all together and suffered 6 fouls against him.
The young midfielder’s impressive tournament will have raised his market value tenfold. With the creative talent he showed for his nation during Euro 2020 it would be no surprise to see several sides interested in signing him this summer.
A more well-known talent is Inter Milan and Italy midfielder Nico Barella. The 24-year-old midfielder has a strong reputation as a clever passing midfielder who can travel with the ball and is tenacious in the tackle. After a spell on loan at Inter Milan from Cagliari, he joined them permanently last summer for £30.
Barella played in 6 matches across the tournament for Italy, making 9 tackles and recovering 11 balls for his side. It was in Italy’s 2-1 victory over Belgium in the round of 16 that the midfielder scored his only goal of the tournament, an excellent finish past Thibaut Courtois for the Italians opener. The Inter man also made two assists from central midfield, against Switzerland in the group stages and in the knockout phase win against Belgium.
Nico Barella is highly rated in Italy, and many think he can help his club side dominate Seria A in the future. But with the obvious attraction of the Premier League and strong interest from clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United, the talented Italian may well be set for a big money move soon.
Belgian youngster Jeremy Doku plays his domestic football for Rennes in Ligue 1 and has been on many European clubs’ radars for a long time. Having only just turned 19 and already getting consistent first team football, Doku played 30 matches for Rennes last season and netted twice from the wing – his potential is huge.
In terms of his Euro 2020 campaign, he had a quieter tournament than he would have hoped. With competition for places in the form of Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco, it isn’t a surprise that Doku suffered a lack of game time. Making just 2 appearances over Belgiums 5 matches.
It was in Belgiums quarter final tie against Italy that the teenager showcased his abilities, providing a constant threat and outlet down the left flank. Doku also won his side a penalty which was converted by Romelu Lukaku and went on a couple of terrific runs, one of which beating three Italian players cutting inside and shooting just over the bar.
Still a raw talent but with exceptional ability and time on his side, it’s no wonder that teams all around Europe are keen to acquire the Belgian prospect.
Another Danish star to come out of the tournament is Joakim Maehle, an attacking full back who plays for Atalanta in Seria A. He joined from Genk in December last year for a fee of around £8 million and has already made 30 appearances for the Italian side.
The 24-year-old defender has had an exceptional Euro 2020, helping his side reach the semi-finals of the tournament – the furthest a Danish side has been since their victory in 1992. Maehle played every minute of Denmark’s campaign and scored 2 goals from the wing back position.
He also contributed a brilliant assist in the Danes 2-1 quarter final victory over Czech Republic, an outside of the foot cross that Kasper Dolberg slotted home at the back post.
Joakim Maehle’s consistent performances and attacking ability on the ball will have put him in high demand at various clubs around Europe and Atalanta may have to fight hard if they want to keep hold of the talented full back next season.
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