International tournaments are a great shop window and players realise that. Although it is important not to place too much stock into performances at tournaments like Euro 2016, they can provide the final details that clubs need to know about targets. They are great for showing how players deal with big matches especially. This tournament hasn’t been the best for free-flowing football, instead providing some excellent tactical battles. The following five players have impressed me and I feel they would all suit a move to the Premier League.
The German first choice left-back has been consistent and would be attainable considering he plays for FC Koln, a side that doesn’t challenge at the top end of the league. He is a modern day forward-thinking full-back, and loves to attack, while his defensive work is steady. Hector covers the length of the pitch, and can deliver a good cross when required. His ball to Mesut Ozil’s goal against Italy showed that he does have intelligence in his attacking play, something that some full-backs lack. In terms of what clubs he would suit, he has been linked with Liverpool to link up with compatriot Jurgen Klopp. It appears a move that would suit both parties, with Liverpool looking to add a left-back to compete with Alberto Moreno. The Spaniard made a lot of errors at the end of last season, with a particularly poor performance in the Europa League final. Competition is important in the modern game, and Klopp will recognise a need for another left-back. Hector has shown that he is a consistent player at the Euros and would be a good addition.
Andre Gomes has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks. His performances for Portugal have been hit and miss, but he has shown that he possesses quality, and at the age of 22, there is clear potential there. He was superb against Iceland, providing an excellent cross for Nani to score. On that day, he was the most dangerous player, playing some superb passes and making several dangerous runs with the ball. He has since been replaced by Renato Sanches in the side, but could play a role in the remaining matches. His all-action style of play could bring a lot to the Chelsea central midfield, as they lack energy in that area. Gomes would bring that and could flourish under the tutelage of Conte. The fee involved could be steep, and that may put sides off. However, it is clear that Gomes has a lot of potential, and in the right system he could develop into a fine player.
The Ajax striker has been criticised by many for his poor finishing, but that is normally a strong area of his game in the Eredivisie. He linked up the Polish attack well, and his movement showed that he has the intelligence to do well in a bigger league. His goal record of 32 league goals in 62 league games, is a great return, with Ajax not being the force they once were. At the Euros, he showed that he could play a withdrawn role, and he was an important part of their play in the final third. He struggled at times, as he wasn’t given as much time as he is afforded in the Eredivisie. A move to a bigger league is required to make the next step, and there are a number of teams that he would suit. Leicester are looking for a new forward to play a withdrawn role behind Jamie Vardy which fits Milik to a tee. West Ham United are another club that may be tempted by Milik, and Slaven Bilic could be the coach to develop the 22-year-old further.
Croatia were many people’s best side in the group stages. Ivan Perisic was one of their best players, and there is an argument that he outshone both Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. He is a massive danger as he likes to move inside and exploit the space between the full-back and the centre-back. His times his runs well, and often manages to get into shooting positions. His finishing is excellent as he showed in the European Championships, with goals against Czech Republic and Spain. He is an important part of Inter’s side, but they aren’t they side they were and a move to the Premier League might appeal to the Croatian. He is another player that would suit Leicester, giving them a more attacking option on the left wing, while Everton could be another good fit.
The Italian defender would be the hardest player to sign from this list, as he is a key player for one of the best sides in Europe. However, Chelsea will believe he is attainable, as they have the finance, and Antonio Conte. Bonucci has played some of his best football under Conte, and could be tempted to move to Chelsea. The club certainly need a new centre-back, with Kurt Zouma injured and Gary Cahill struggling to find consistency. Bonucci would provide organisation and would be able to help Conte get his message across to the rest of the side. He would cost a lot of money, and would need convincing to leave Juventus, but it would be a great deal for Chelsea. The club need to back Conte and bring in players to suit his system, Bonucci would be the perfect signing.