Three Brighton Players Who Will be Hoping to Feature at Euro 2024

Three Brighton Players Who Will be Hoping to Feature at Euro 2024

2024 is a tremendously exciting year for football fans with the culmination of the Premier League season set to be followed by Euro 2024 in Germany. The tournament takes place across a four week period and will get underway in Munich on the evening of June 14th. Pretty much every top flight club will be represented at the event including Brighton. Although the Seagulls have a recent association with a savvy recruitment policy from South America, the club can still boast a handful of European players who will be hoping to fly the flag for their nation this summer. We’ve picked out three of the current squad members who could feature at this footballing showpiece.

Billy Gilmour

Scotland will compete in the curtain-raiser taking on hosts Germany with Brighton midfielder Billy Gilmour hoping to be given a start by Steve Clarke.

The right-footed midfielder has been out of action since returning from March’s international break with a knee complaint and is one of the many players who are currently sidelined for the Sussex outfit.

Gilmour has featured regularly for Brighton this season and has impressed in the centre of the park. With a pass completion rate of over 90%, Gimour’s ability to keep things simple and help his side break forward has been missed in recent weeks.

The 22-year old is still developing, yet he has represented his country for a number of years including at youth level. Gilmour was named in the squad for Euro 2020 and made his tournament debut against England in the drab 0-0 draw. His mature performances were praised during Scotland’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and assuming he can shake off his current injury woes, Gilmour is likely to be one of the first names on the scoresheet.

Pascal Gross

Pascal Gross is categorised as a vastly underrated and underappreciated player by many Premier League fans. The midfielder isn’t particularly flashy, yet he’s effective and has been absolutely pivotal to Brighton’s success over the last couple of seasons.

Gross’ ability to remain largely under the radar could be one of the reasons for his surprising omission from the Germany squad at previous tournaments.

Nevertheless, Gross was finally rewarded with a call-up from Hansi Flick in 2023 for friendlies against Japan and France. It remains to be seen whether Gross has done enough to convince current incumbent Julian Nagelsmann remains to be seen.

As hosts, Germany are one of the fancied sides this summer and having beaten France and the Netherlands in recent friendlies, the odds on Die Mannschaft to lift the trophy have started to shorten. The majority of UK bookmakers have already priced up the tournament winner market with Nagelsmann’s side generally priced up as third favourites behind England and France. These online betting sites will be expecting plenty of interest in the host nation this summer and punters will be hoping to take advantage of some of the best betting offers currently available to allow them to back Gross’ men for success on home soil.

Gross may also be joined by compatriot Dennis Undav. The striker, who has been out on loan at Stuttgart this season has caught the eye in the Bundesliga and may get a call-up by Nagelsmann, who will surely have been impressed by his goal-scoring exploits in the German top flight.

Bart Verbruggen

Although he faces stiff competition from Brentford stopper Mark Flekken, Dutchman Bart Verburggen is likely to get the nod this summer. Although he was rested for the friendly against Scotland, the 21-year old was given the jersey for the Oranje’s last competitive qualifier against Gibraltar. The Netherlands eased past the minnows with Brighton’s number one having very little to do throughout the 90 minutes.

The Breda-born stopper has a 73% save rate in the top flight this season and can boast a higher passing accuracy rate than the majority of Premier League keepers. He is comfortable with the ball at his feet and that is likely to please current Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.

Verbruggen may still be joined by teammate Jan Paul van Hecke, who has enjoyed a consistent season in the heart of the Albion XI. The centre-back has developed into a bit of a leader and despite his relative inexperience, he has played with the confidence and assuredness of a veteran. Unfortunately for the 23-year old, his country is relatively well-stocked at the back with Liverpool captain Virgil Van Dijk and Scudetto-winning defender Stefan De Vrij unlikely to be displaced anytime soon. Jorrel Hato may not have enjoyed the best season with Ajax, yet he is clearly looked upon favourably by Koeman and is also likely to feature this summer.

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