The exciting Euro 2020 stars Aston Villa should watch
Euro 2020 gives players a chance to shine on the international stage as they prepare for the football season.
With the idea that a country can be knocked out of the tournament in three games, individual players are doing their best to make an impact and clubs around the world are watching.
After making a good start to the transfer window, Dean Smith is building a strong Aston Villa squad, but who should be keeping his eye on the tournament?
Despite a heartbreaking loss to Belgium on the final day of the Euro 2020 group stage, Glen Kamara was a shining light for Finland in the country’s very first major international tournament.
While the midfielder’s summer of football may be over, he has certainly made a strong impression in just three games and the current Rangers club will be eager to tie Kamara up.
Although facing one of the best players in the world Kevin de Bruyne, many big clubs around the world will salute the Finnish footballer. Could one of them be Aston Villa?
Kamara occupies the left midfielder for Rangers and Finland, the same position El Ghazi plays for Villa, a player Dean Smith is keen to keep.
If Jack Grealish leaves Villa Park this summer, space is freeing up in the midfield and Kamara could be food for thought.
Linetty burst onto the international stage for Poland as a teenager in January 2014 with a goal against Norway, and maintaining good form meant a Euro 2016 call-up was inevitable.
As a member of the 23-player Polish squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the midfielder was expected to qualify for Euro 2020 and again impress on the world stage. This is exactly what he did.
A calm end to the start of the second half in the Poles’ penultimate group game against Slovakia brought them up to speed and once again proved why Linetty was being talked about.
Also playing on the left in midfield, the 26-year-old would be competing for a space if Villa showed interest, but he could be a great asset as an effective substitute.
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It’s no secret that Villa fans are in love with Ollie Watkins, and rightly so. The talisman totaled 14 goals and five assists in the Premier League last season and is almost certain to shoot all cylinders again in the next campaign.
However, Smith remains keen to add this transfer window to his attack strength.
Ukrainian striker Yaremchuk could be the ideal candidate. With 23 goals in all competitions for the Belgian team in Ghent, the 25-year-old has become one of the club’s most valuable assets.
His ability to score goals with both feet and head, along with his stature and physique make him a perfect candidate for the Premier League.
Damsgaard showed up for his country when it really mattered. He opened the scoring for Denmark in a crucial game against Russia on Monday night with a sublime goal from outside the box.
The Danes went on to claim a 4-1 victory, leading them to the round of 16 where they face Wales.
At just 20 years old, Damsgaard was tasked with replacing Christian Eriksen, but he took it in his stride, looking like a veteran and playing a key role in a night to remember for Danish football.
The winger has been linked with a move to Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham, proving once again the quality of Denmark’s youngest goalscorer in a major tournament.
There are plenty of Villa transfer rumors circulating based on the idea that Grealish will leave before the window closes in August, however, Damsgaard could play wide even if the captain stays, bonding with him in midfield.
The Netherlands are always a team to watch in any international competition and Dumfries makes the most of playing orange with millions of eyes watching.
The 25-year-old has been involved in every goal for the Netherlands in the first two group matches of Euro 2020, scoring in the opener against Ukraine and helping Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghourst for the other two.
Earning a penalty for Memphis Depay to convert against Austria and scoring the second goal highlighted Dumfries as an integral part.
Everton are the latest team to be linked with PSV Eindhoven right-winger but could be ruled out if Bayern Munich’s reported interest is true.
Villa would have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain by watching the star breakout. Matty Cash is a fan favorite and will be eager to impress at Villa Park, in front of a crowd hopefully next season.
Dumfries would bring a lot to Smith’s side in the future, but Cash is performing better defensively.