One of the great things about international tournaments is that it can change a players career in one game. In 2008 Andry Arshavin became a household name as Russia were the darlings of the tournament when they beat a talented Dutch side at their own game.
In 1996 the golden generation of the Czech Republic nearly won them the trophy with Patrick Berger and Karel Poborsky making the switch to England along with many others. This year another player will become a member of the playing elite and a surge of sales for shirts with his name on the back will appear faster than John Terry at a trophy ceremony.
Here are four players, one from each group, that could make a real impact in the Premier League:
Possible Destination: Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Although quite a big name in Russia, Dzagoev is relatively unheard of in the rest of Europe mainly because when anyone thinks of Russian football they see Arshavin with one finger on his mouth. So far in this competition he has played wonderfully in a team that looks ready to cause some upsets once we get to the knockout stages. He is fast, has vision and has shown already that he has an eye for goal with 3 so far in the tournament and 9 in all competitions for CSKA Moscow last season. His last coming with his head which shows that, unlike Arshavin, he has bravery as well as flair.
It’s rumoured that Arseanl are already trying to line him up as a replacement for Arshavin but I think he could do just as well at Tottenham or Manchester United where creative central players are needed to help enhance each teams respective chance of top four finish next season. He’s at his best when playing just off the front man in a position Rooney is used to playing at United, but Ferguson were able to combine the two with Hernandez up front then the return of the three pronged attack could return with vengeance.
Possible Destination: Manchester City, Tottenham, Newcastle United and Chelsea.
At 20 years old he has only played as many minutes for his country as he has years on this earth and yet he is already being talked about as the next Cristiano Ronaldo, in fact he was given the number 7 shirt at under 21 level where he scored 2 and got an assist in 4 games. Both Chelsea and Barcelona are rumoured to be watching him and from what I have seen on YouTube I’m not surprised.
He is still young so any big name that bought him now would probably send him out on loan to get him as much playing time as possible but if he doesn’t make an impact this year then it will only be a matter of time till he has a tournament with his name written all over it.
Possible Destination: Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
He has been a core member of Juventus first team for the past three season and recorded 9 goals and 4 assists for the Old Lady in Serie A last year so we already know he has the calibre to make it at the top level. He is strong, relentless and has a fine array of goals in him.
Although it would take a lot of money to prize him away from Juventus that money seems to be in the Premiership at the moment and his creativity and goals would be welcomed with open arms at Old Trafford. However, Mancini is rumoured to be a big fan and Arsenal have been keeping tabs on him as well so it could be a matter of time till he is on the opening credits to Match of the Day. Sooner rather than later would be my advice to any possible buyers.
Possible Destination: Manchester United and Newcastle United.
The right back for Lille was a pivotal member of the squad that helped them win their title in 2010/11 season. He showed against England on Monday that he isn’t afraid to bomb forward as well as being tough to break down at the back. His ability to whip a decent ball into the box would be used to it’s full potential at Newcastle with Demba Ba and Cisse but with the right back position becoming something of a head ache for Sir Alex Ferguson he will see Debuchy as an essential purchase.
In a time when a top quality full back is as rare as a shiny Charizard when you were a kid, Debuchy will be available at a cut price to what he will cost in a few years time. Newcastle and Man United are interested now but if France have a good tournament whose to say Arsenal or Chelsea won’t come in. Wherever he goes they won’t have to worry about who they play at right back for a very long time.
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