The postponement of EURO 2020 to 2021 wouldn’t ideally make too many fans happy. Even considering the current global situation, the postponement means some boring days for fans. The same could apply for the players and teams too. But now that it is done, some national teams could benefit a lot from it.
The obvious names of England, Netherlands and Turkey would obviously stand out. The injury issues that their players have had over the last few months would cure by then, allowing these teams to head into the tournament with a clean bill of health. But amidst this, Norway are getting ignored by everyone other than the analysts at bettingtipsnigeria.com who are already viewing Norway as dark horses for the tournament.
The Scandinavian side haven’t qualified for the tournament yet. They do play Serbia in the play-off before playing a final play-off after that. But if they do go through, they will have a huge positive for EURO 2021 and the analysts at Casino Online are backing Norway at 1.85 to proceed.
A lot of it is because of how many players they will see develop over the current one-year period. And when that is looked at with some perspective, it is a scary situation for possibly many bigger national teams too.
The biggest prospect in world football right now happens to be Erling Braut Haaland. The Borussia Dortmund striker is currently the highest scorer in European football this season, ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Kylian Mbappe.
Haaland might be outscoring everyone at the club level. But he isn’t prominent for the Norwegian senior-side yet. He has made two senior appearances for them and is yet to score a single goal for them. That is a big surprise, considering how Haaland’s stock has grown.
But Haaland’s rise to global fame came in the FIFA Under-20s World Cup this past summer. He scored nine goals against the Honduras Under-20s side in the tournament, proving that he has the international pedigree, once he gets in the swing of things.
Not just Haaland, but Martin Odegaard has seen a breakout campaign at Real Sociedad this season. The on-loan Real Madrid man has contributed to nine goals in the La Liga, becoming one of the most creative players in the league. Next season, he will return to Real Madrid and could easily thrive at a bigger stage.
While he had begun playing for the Norway senior side at the age of 16, Odegaard has only scored once in 22 senior appearances. Going back to Real would mature him as a player and he will seek improvements from it. That will bode well for Norway.
It isn’t about the both of them only. Sander Berge is known to be one of the best young midfielders of his age. His move to Sheffield United did come as a surprise but it allows him the platform to impress bigger clubs at the right stage. He is already a regular for the Norway senior side and playing at a higher level than the Belgian league will only help him.
Quite the same applies for Kristoffer Ajer. His agent has already said that he will leave Celtic in the summer and isn’t renewing his deal with the Hoops. Clubs like Milan and Tottenham are interested and this will allow Ajer to play at a higher and a more competitive level.
In just about every department, Norway have the sort of match-winner who can go onto be a star in the future. This extra year will go a key role in improving them. Playing in the Euros next year could be an extra motivation for them to go up a level. If Norway qualifies, others should be very aware.