Euro 2020 led to a bitterly disappointing vogue for England after their agonising penalty shootout loss to Italy within the closing.
Nevertheless, that apart, the match as a complete proved to be a extremely gratifying one, with a number of nice groups and thrilling gamers showcasing their skills throughout the memorable month-long occasion.
Inevitably, a few of the match’s standout stars might have performed themselves into the store window, particularly with a lot of Europe’s high golf equipment trying to strengthen their squads forward of the return of the home soccer season subsequent month.
Manchester United have already been busy on this window, sealing a deal for England’s Jadon Sancho and shutting in on Raphael Varane as a potential second summer season addition. And extra arrivals are probably.
With that in thoughts, MEN Sport run by way of a few of the match’s standout performers and assess whether or not they’d characterize an excellent transfer for United this summer season.
Joakim Maehle – Denmark – 24
Maehle got here into the match in good kind after a powerful first season in Serie A with Atalanta. The wing-back performed each minute of Denmark’s six European matches and was massively imposing in every, even discovering the again of the web on two events for the Danes.
He’s a right-wing again who possesses a pointy flip of tempo when making both overlapping or underlapping runs and is an evasive and harmful dribbler of the ball.
In reality, throughout the match, no participant made extra progressive runs with the ball than Maehle, with solely England’s Raheem Sterling, France’s Kylian Mbappe and Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite — all of whom are forwards — managing extra profitable dribbles.
MEN Sport revealed two weeks in the past that United have been trying to herald a brand new right-back this summer season, and Maehle might fairly simply match the invoice.
He’s an excellent age, has the potential to develop additional and would most likely not price a considerable quantity if United made a transfer. That being mentioned, he did solely be a part of Atalanta final yr, so they may want some persuading to promote him so quickly.
Konrad Laimer – Austria – 24
A product of RB Salzburg’s good academy, Laimer began his senior profession with the membership’s feeder facet Liefering in 2014 earlier than being fast-tracked to Salzburg to change into the Austrian Bundesliga’s second-youngest debutant, aged 17 years, 4 months and at some point.
He had three profitable years with Salzburg, ending the 2016/17 marketing campaign because the Austrian Bundesliga’s Participant of the Season earlier than making the acquainted swap to RB Leipzig that summer season.
For the reason that transfer, the formidable midfielder has shone in Germany, thriving below Julian Nagelsmann’s excessive octane urgent techniques, though a knee damage sustained final August put paid to just about the whole lot of his 2020/21 marketing campaign. He returned just for the ultimate few matches of Leipzig’s season in Might.
Regardless of a season on the sidelines, Laimer travelled to the Euro’s with Austria and carried out like he’d by no means been away.
As a participant, the 24-year-old is an brisk urgent machine who bombs across the center of the pitch scooping up free balls and popping out on high in key defensive duels.
Though his match was minimize quick on the final 16 stage after newly-crowned European champions Italy overcame Austria 2-1, Laimer impressively averaged extra defensive duels on a per 90 foundation than every other participant throughout the entire competitors.
Whereas nice with out the ball, his recreation is about extra than simply defensive duties, and he completed the 2019/20 season with an honest seven objective contributions — 5 targets, two assists.
Though it was solely over a brief pattern, Laimer’s kind at Euro 2020 appears to recommend he might decide up the place he left off from earlier than his damage. That makes him an interesting choice for United who’re eager so as to add not less than one new midfielder to their ranks this summer season.
Patrick Schick – Czech Republic – 25
Schick can have felt a little bit onerous executed to on the finish of the match, after he scored the joint-highest variety of targets alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (5), however misplaced out on the golden boot award as a result of the truth that the Portuguese star registered an help.
Nonetheless, what impressed most about Schick’s objective return, notably compared to Ronaldo’s, was the number of his efforts.
The Czech ahead scored a objective together with his left foot, proper foot, a header and naturally that gorgeous objective from the midway line towards Scotland. In the meantime, three of Ronaldo’s 5 efforts got here from the penalty spot.
Whereas Schick doesn’t have a person award to point out for his efforts this summer season, his accuracy in entrance of objective might have landed him on the radar of numerous massive golf equipment.
The one concern is that the Leverkusen man has hardly ever been as prolific on the home entrance in his profession to this point. He netted 9 targets for Leverkusen final season in 29 appearances, and he scored simply 10 earlier than that on mortgage at RB Leipzig from Roma, albeit in solely 22 matches.
His recreation isn’t simply all about targets although, and his 6ft 2in body means he’s an ever-present aerial risk who can be good at linking play on the bottom, regardless of his dimension. He additionally works extraordinarily onerous with out the ball, and these attributes are precisely why Leverkusen tied him down on a five-year deal when he signed final summer season.
If United have been to come back knocking, they’d virtually make sure to strike a deal for Schick regardless of the size of that contract. However in actuality, there’s a variety of recency bias to his enchantment they usually might most likely do significantly better trying elsewhere.