Many Premier League football clubs, if not all of them, will have been hoping the conclusion of the European Championships and the Copa America international tournaments would have been the end of the football season for their players.
Indeed, with the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season almost already upon us, and with many fans in New Zealand already looking forward to getting their bets in with 1xbet nz regarding the many different betting markets that they have on offer, clubs will want their players to be in top condition and ready to go next month.
However, there will be a number of clubs that will likely go into the upcoming campaign in less than full strength condition as many will be competing at the Olympic Games that are in Tokyo this summer.
With the nature of the beast that playing football in the Premier League provides, it is hardly surprising that some will have been called up by their respective nations for the Games, as many of the best footballers in the world have all been plying their trade in England’s top league.
Here is a list of players from each club set to represent their nations at the upcoming Olympic Games:
Arsenal – Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil)
Aston Villa – Douglas Luiz (Brazil)
Burnley – Chris Wood (New Zealand)
Brighton and Hove Albion – Alexis MacAllister (Argentina) and Tudor Baluta (Romania)
Crystal Palace – Jay Rich-Baghuelou (Australia)
Everton – Richarlison (Brazil)
Man United – Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
Southampton – Caleb Watts (Australia)
West Ham United – Winston Reid (New Zealand)
With the full list having been made available, it could be argued that Aston Villa, Burnley and Everton are the only clubs on the list that will feel that they have been disadvantaged by the Olympic Games this summer.
Douglas Luiz, Chris Wood and Richarlison are very important components of their respective teams, which could mean their Premier League 2021/22 seasons all start off a little more difficult than they would have initially expected.
Brighton and Hove Albion could also have a case to feel disappointed this summer, as Alexis MacAllister has become a member of Graham Potter’s side over the last campaign, whilst Man Utd’s Eric Bailly would have been seen as suitable back-up for the likes of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, although with Raphael Varane potentially arriving from Real Madrid, the Ivorian’s future at Old Trafford could be up for debate over the summer.