Written by Harry Martin
With a Summer tournament, the opportunity arises for players without a club to showcase their talents, and in what was a fairly average Euro’s in my opinion, certain individuals who are in the shop window have done themselves no harm in securing themselves a club for the coming season.
Michael McGovern – Goalkeeper
The former Hamilton shot-stopper had a fantastic tournament in between the sticks for Northern Ireland, saving them countless times and preventing major thrashings against some really dangerous sides, the likes of Poland and Germany. To add to that he showed a fine performance against Ukraine in his sides 2-0 victory and earned a well deserved clean sheet. As Northern Ireland were among the best 3rd place teams you could argue that McGovern played a large part down to their success with goal difference and goals conceded a deciding factor. Over the course of any league season, we all know how important a goalkeeper can prove to be, picking up vital points on their own which can lead to a teams safety or getting them in and around the upper echelons. Off that showing in France, any team that snaps him up will definitely have a keeper capable of winning matches and transforming teams fortunes. I think any team in either League One or Two would be making an astute signing if they were to bring him in.
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Hal Robson Kanu – Forward
The former Reading man is a player who I don’t actually rate that highly, but as he performed so well at this tournament I feel he deserves to be in here. A very direct player, London born Robson-Kanu has never really set the championship alight with reading, nor the top flight. But you get the feeling with him that he could potentially suit certain styles as Wales looked to soak up the pressure and then hit teams on the break, with this allowing him more space in behind teams to hurt them. This is where I could see him being a very smart signing for any team that snaps him up, even if not to start games, coming off the bench and making a difference is definitely something he has in his locker. Another thing with him is that his goal record has never been too great either, but again this could be down to systems played and where he’s playing etc. But again, if a team who hasn’t got a massive budget takes a punt on him, it could be a great deal for both parties. Who knows where Robson-Kanu will end up, after all, we’re hearing reports of a move to China, but I think he can certainly do a job in England if he wants.
Aaron Hughes – Defender
A player that is certainly getting on in terms of age (36), but again with him being a free transfer it could prove to be a very clever deal to be in and around a squad, influencing it with the experience he possesses, maybe a team that’s not use to being in a League which he could help with. A player that can play along the back line and in holding midfield, Hughes also offers a vast amount of versatility, whether it be an injury or suspension, he can fill in and do the job, to a very professional level. He would be perfectly suited to Burton Albion in my eyes, a team who have never experienced a campaign in the Championship, and could do with a bit of defensive cover ahead of a long grueling season in such a competitive league. And who better to bring in on a free than the man who has made over 100 appearances for his country.
Do you agree that these three were the best performing free agents from Euro 2016? Let us know who you would’ve gone for in the comments below!
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