The international break will be a long time coming for a lot of players in the Premier League. Here are six Premier League superstars who have struggled at club level and will be excited to spend time with their fellow countrymen.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Ronaldo reported late on Erik Ten Hag’s first pre-season at Manchester United, citing understandable family reasons, and has looked like a college student who has fallen behind in courses since.
The 37-year-old clearly does not fit in with Ten Hag’s system, yet the Dutchman has no choice but to try to get him out in the Europa League, while he is being pushed off the bench on the bench. On a weekly basis in the English Premier League.
The Real Madrid and Red Devils legend has scored once this season in eight games – a penalty against FC Sheriff last week – and he is finally looking like a player of his age after years of challenging logic and biology.
Spending time as a beloved key man while working with the Portuguese national team could be exactly what the doctor asks for.
It wouldn’t be easy for Ronaldo to make some form of appearance in two tough Nations League matches against the Czech Republic and Spain respectively, but I imagine his chances of doing so. And if he doesn’t look like a threat to Portugal, there may not be much hope for him as a massive World Cup approaches.
Yuri Tillmans (Leicester City)
“I am happy to get a little fresh air here because it is difficult at Leicester now. It is clear things are not going well at the club. We are doing everything we can as a team.”
Tielemans said it himselfHe is happy to get some relief from the miserable situation at King Power before having to return before the Foxes’ Premier League game against Nottingham Forest.
With one point out of his first seven league games, the game against Forrest is winnable because their rivals are also struggling.
On a bloody sad side, Tillmans hasn’t looked great after being linked with a move to Premier League leaders Arsenal all summer.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping the 25-year-old’s time with Belgium will propel him forward. The former Liverpool and Celtic boss hopes so for literally every one of his international players. It’s a miracle that there were any of them at the start of the season.
Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)
There are a few West Ham players I could have picked. There’s Declan Rice, and Lucas Paqueta, who didn’t run fast but could benefit from the suspicion that he joined the club less than a month ago.
The Hammers have started the season very poorly after two impressive campaigns under David Moyes, but they have won twice out of two in the European Conference League, a very winable competition for London.
The England camp sounds like a shout-out, so Bowen would be happy to get into his midst, but the Three Lions have two very tough matches against Germany and Italy.
Bowen’s place in Gareth Southgate’s squad is highly insecure, even if he was picked during his club’s poor performance is a good sign.
After a season with calls for months to be called up by Southgate, the inclusion of the 25-year-old this time was met with insults and groans. He was lucky. But he has a chance to show that he belongs while starting his campaign at the same time.
It will be particularly difficult for Bowen at West Ham given the fact that they haven’t really gone through this sad spell since he joined from Hull City. Going and connecting with the country that is ranked fifth in the world would help improve his mentality.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
The guy from Hershey, Pennsylvania is not happy at Stamford Bridge at the moment. Pulisic came off the bench seven times and started once in this class and He may be a little upset about the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel.
Pulisic’s situation is very similar to Ronaldo’s. Both players would go from being unpopular with their manager and plenty of fans at club level, to being loved in the international setting.
Basically, Captain America is the poster boy, or virtual man, of the United States national team. Footballer LeBron James if you will.
The USA face Japan and Saudi Arabia during the international break and Pulisic will be full of spirits to get a few minutes while he is worshiped by the fans. Two things probably won’t happen when he returns to London.
Emmanuel Dennis (Nottingham Forest)
Denis had an impressive first season in England on a personal level, scoring ten Premier League goals in 33 appearances as Watford were relegated.
He was rewarded with a move to Nottingham Forest, who went berserk in the summer transfer window, signing more than 20 players.
However, the sheer amount of competition did him no favors. Having shown that he belongs in first class, he now spends most of the time sitting on the bench watching his side get hit on him.
Dennis Forest’s debut came in winning the Carabao Cup at Grimsby Town before playing 21 minutes in the loss against Tottenham, then 32 minutes in the 6-0 match against Manchester City, before appearing for five minutes and two minutes against Bournemouth and Fulham.
The 24-year-old’s disappointing start to the City Ground has already cost him his place in the latest Nigeria squad. However, Henry Onyekoro’s injury led to him being called up to replace Adana striker Demirspor.
Getting out of Nottingham to represent his country and train with his compatriots would be good for morale. The Super Eagles face Algeria in a friendly match and that’s all I wrote. With only one match coming up, the same game may be different for Dennis, but he’s at least getting a break from it at club level.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
United’s start to the season wasn’t bad at all despite two embarrassing results to start the Tin Hag era. So the inclusion of players from Old Trafford on this list is a reflection of the individual, not the team.
Shaw started these first two matches against Brighton and Brentford before getting addicted in the first half of the 4-0 defeat at Getek Community Stadium. His 20-minute appearance against Sharif in the Europa League was his only time on the field since that fateful day in West London.
The 27-year-old was unable to start in the Europa League, due to his loud screaming. What hope do you have?
Like captain Harry Maguire, Shaw is able to connect with his England teammates where he may still be seen as a crucial player.
After scoring in the Euro 2020 final and being one of the tournament’s best left-backs, everyone thought Shaw was the best thing since slicing bread, but a 14-month headache didn’t justify the praise he received.
With his English rival (Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell) not playing as much as he’d like, Shaw could actually get some important minutes under his belt against both the side that the Three Lions beat in the Euro Round of 16 and the defeated country. them on penalties in the final.