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6 Premier League signings made after impressive international tournaments


The safest bet all summer is that at least one unknown player will enjoy five or six stellar performances at Euro 2020 and bag himself a move to the Premier League.

A common theme from every summer of international football, the Premier League has played host to a number of surprise signings who have all sprung mixed results.

Each tournament often allows nations that aren’t exactly a hotbed of footballing talent to strut their stuff, whether it be the likes of North Macedonia in this year’s showpiece event, or Panama in the most recent World Cup.

However, some of those signed off the back of an impressive summer have gone on to establish themselves as some of the world’s most talented.

An international tournament can often be a player’s coming of age moment, a 21-year-old Mesut Ozil’s stunning display against England in 2010 springs to mind, while our very own Wayne Rooney enjoyed a European Championship in 2004 that lives long in the memory of all who witnessed it.

With that being said, here are six players who secured a club move off of their displays for their country at an international tournament and how they fared afterwards.

1 – Roman Pavlyuchenko – 5/10



Roman Pavlyuchenko spent four years at White Hart Lane
Roman Pavlyuchenko spent four years at White Hart Lane

A symbol of the last Tottenham team before their emergence as a top-six side, Pavlyuchenko was signed by the North London outfit after being an integral part of a Russia side that hugely overperformed at Euro 2008.

The striker bagged three goals over the course of the competition and was named in the team of the tournament, alongside international teammate Andrey Arshavin – who coincidentally also made a move to North London, but would become a club rival of Pavlyuchenko’s at Arsenal.

In four years at White Hart Lane, Pavlyuchenko bagged 20 goals, hardly a glittering return for someone who cost £13.7m. However, he did notch a goal against Inter Milan in a historic Champions League win.

2 – Andrey Arshavin – 7/10



Arshavin scored a number of memorable goals for the Gunners
Arshavin scored a number of memorable goals for the Gunners

As mentioned, Arshavin became a neighbour of Pavlyuchenko when he joined rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2009.

The Russian was a shock inclusion in Guus Hiddink’s Euro squad, even suspended for the first two games of the tournament after an incident in the qualifying rounds.

Clearly a big game player, Arshavin delivered back-to-back man-of-the-match displays in the knockout stages as Russia reached the semi-finals.

The midfielder continued the big-game theme at Arsenal, memorably bagging four goals in one game against Liverpool at Anfield as well as being the man behind arguably Arsenal’s most famous goal of the Emirates era when they beat Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona 2-1 at the Emirates.

3 – Bartosz Kapustka – 1/10



Bartosz Kapustka failed to make a single Premier League appearance for Leicester (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
Bartosz Kapustka failed to make a single Premier League appearance for Leicester (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Though the Polish international signed for Leicester City off the back of a stellar Euro 2016, you’d be hard pushed to find Foxes fans who actually remember the midfielder.

Lured to the King Power the season after Leicester won the Premier League, it seemed like a shrewd bit of business – a player with a young profile who had a number of potential suitors after the tournament had put pen to paper with Leicester and bought into their project.

Four years and zero Premier League appearances later, the only reason Kapustka registers a one in the rating is because he didn’t cost too much.

With that being said, the Foxes still made a loss – he was shipped off to Legia Warsaw for free last summer.

4 – Enner Valencia – 4/10



Enner Valencia spent a season on loan at Everton from West Ham during his three-year spell in England
Enner Valencia spent a season on loan at Everton from West Ham during his three-year spell in England

After some eye-catching displays out in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, the Ecuadorian international was snapped up by West Ham.

Purchased for £12m from Mexican outfit Pachuca, Valencia failed to live up to the kind of potential he showed during the World Cup.

After bagging three goals in three games for his country before they were eliminated at the group stage, Valencia would notch just nine more than that in more than 80 games for the Hammers.

Valencia spent three years in England, including a season on loan at Everton, before returning to Mexico in 2017.

5- Asamoah Gyan – 6/10



Asamoah Gyan only spent one season at Sunderland
Asamoah Gyan only spent one season at Sunderland

Arguably the poster boy of the South Africa 2010 World Cup, Gyan’s tears following Ghana’s exit at the hands of Uruguay (literally in Luis Suarez’ case) prompted one of the more memorable images of the tournament.

Despite his last-gasp penalty miss, Gyan notched three goals as Ghana reached the quarter final stage, with Gyan becoming the highest scoring African player in World Cup history, surpassing Roger Milla in the process.

His tournament earned him a £13m move to Sunderland, spending just one season at the Stadium of Light, though it was not without its highlights, including a goal on his debut and a last-gasp equaliser against fierce rivals Newcastle United.

A year later he was plying his trade for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, where he spent a further three years.

6 – Marcos Rojo – 5/10



Marcos Rojo was one of Louis van Gaal's first United signings
Marcos Rojo was one of Louis van Gaal’s first United signings

The tough-tackling defender caught they eye of Manchester United while away with Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

After helping guide his team to the cusp of glory, before falling short to Germany in the final, United opted to part with £16m for Rojo, who was at Portuguese outfit Sporting at the time.

A Louis van Gaal signing, Rojo failed to capture the kind of form that he displayed on the biggest stage, but was by no means a total flop at Old Trafford.

Making more than half a century of appearances, Rojo bagged one goal for United as well as a hefty amount of yellow cards (23 in the Premier League alone)

Rojo spent seven years on the books at United, before eventually being allowed to depart back to his home country to join Boca Juniors for an undisclosed fee earlier this year.





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