Ahead of Euro 2020 set to kick off this Friday, we take a look at some of the most glaring omissions from this summer’s squads, from Bundesliga outfits only.
After a successful season at Leipzig, Dayot Upamecano should have arguably been the first name to make Deschamps’ back-line. Instead, he was omitted from the squad entirely in place of players who haven’t been at their best like Clement Lenglet and Raphael Varane. Still only 22 years old, Upamecano should still be one to watch for France in the future, but it’s a bit unclear why Deschamps has a bias against the man set to play for Bayern Munich next year.
After finishing the season so strong at Borussia Dortmund, many expected Marco Reus to be a shoe-in at this summer’s tournament for Germany. However, the Dortmund captain pulled himself out of the running for Joachim Low’s squad just a day before the team’s announcement. Reus posted on social media that he wanted to rest up for another year ahead at BVB, to which Dortmund fans said “Thank you!”. Still, Reus will be a loss for Germany, especially considering his versatility.
Gregor Kobel secured a dream move to Borussia Dortmund last week, but his dream of making Switzerland’s squad for this summer’s tournament was short-lived after being cut from the final team. Kobel made a massive impact for Stuttgart this season in goal and could have been a great back-up to come in for Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer. His selection to the preliminary squad ahead of Dortmund keepers Marwin Hitz and Roman Burki is promising for the future, but Kobel was more than ready to earn a place for this summer’s tournament.
Ridle Baku had an astonishing season at VFL Wolfsburg, fulfilling multiple roles to great effect. He could have easily made an impact for Germany as a right-back, right-wing-back or right-winger, but instead, wasn’t selected for the tournament. With Lukas Klostermann the only natural right back in the team, this could have been a massive oversight by Joachim Low heading into the tournament.
Mahmoud Dahoud was one of the stars of Dortmund’s resurgence up the table in the final third of the season, performing excellently well as part of a midfield trio with Emre Can and Jude Bellingham – both of whom will be taking place at the tournament. That resurgence wasn’t enough to earn Dahoud a place in Germany’s squad, which again could be another oversight given his calmness and composure in possession. Germany’s midfield was already stacked with talent, but the selection of Florian Neuhaus over Dahoud could certainly be debated.
One of the very best goalkeepers in the league this season, Koen Casteels certainly did enough to warrant a selection to Belgium’s national team this summer. He was superb for Wolfsburg in their fourth-place finish, conceding just 33 goals in 32 games, with a saves per goal ratio of 2.2. Thibaut Courtois is the undeniable starter for Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, but Casteels could have provided an excellent back-up option ahead of the aging Simon Mignolet. Instead, he watches from home.
It would be easy to protest that Luis Enrique’s omission of Angelino is due to a lack of awareness by the former Barca manager of Bundesliga football, but Enrique called up Angelino’s teammate Dani Olmo. The 24-year-old was one of the best left-backs in Europe this season, and had a much better season than Jose Gaya and Jordi Alba, who earned selections to the team. It’s true that Angelino’s more of a wing-back than a fullback, although he played left-back for Ajax, and it’s not as though Marcos Llorente is a natural fullback either. Angelino’s omission is certainly a strange one, but not a surprising one given that he’s still yet to be called up for his country.
As it turns out, several Wolfsburg players were overlooked for this summer’s tournament, including their vice-captain Maximilian Arnold. Germany have a stacked midfield full of talent and don’t necessarily need Arnold’s long-range shooting ability. But this omission is more glaring than others simply because he was never even part of the conversation, despite playing a massive role in Wolfsburg’s success in 2020-21. The 27-year-old was one of the best midfielders in the league over the course of the campaign, yet never earned himself a call-up to the team. It’s hard to argue for his place over the likes of Kroos, Goretzka, Gundogan, Kimmich and Can, but the fact that he never entered the conversation seems peculiar.
So there it is! Eight notable Bundesliga omissions from this summer’s tournament. Who else do you think should have been given a look? Comment below and share your thoughts on Twitter @BundesligaTMS. Thanks for reading and see you soon!
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