Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics has been postponed for one year, but the men’s football championship is finally scheduled to open on July 22.
Many heavyweight players including Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Spain are participating in the competition, and many well-known stars represent their countries.
It will last until August 7, which means it will end a week before the start of the Premier League season. Understandably, some coaches are not keen to involve their players, some coaches vetoed Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Egypt’s recruitment.
However, others have acquiesced to their players’ desire to participate in the game. This is the complete list of Premier League players participating in the game.
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
An Arsenal player will participate in the Olympics this summer, and he happens to be the one expected to be part of Mikel Arteta’s plan.
Gabriel Martinelli (pictured below) has been included in the Brazilian team to participate in the game, and the forward will be eager to play his role in a difficult group that includes Germany, Côte d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia.
As a highly acclaimed prospect, the 20-year-old player’s last few seasons were interrupted by injuries, but Gunners fans will have high hopes that he can get his wish in the 2021-22 season.
Gunners defender Gabriel Magalhes will also represent Brazil in the game, but missed due to injury.
Douglas Louis (Aston Villa)
Aston Villa fans will anxiously watch midfielder Douglas Luiz represent Brazil in the Olympics.
Luiz has been a key player of the Villa team in the Premier League in recent seasons, and will make 33 appearances and two assists in the 2020-21 season.
Interestingly, he was also a member of Brazil’s Copa America this summer and participated in two games, so when he returns to Villa Park, he will have a lot of flying miles.
Chris Wood (Burnley)
Chris Wood has been Burnley’s star forward for many seasons, and Sean Deitch hopes that the burly target man will return from Tokyo unscathed.
Wood is one of New Zealand’s three over-age players. They will feel that they have a great chance to withdraw from the group, which also includes Romania, South Korea and Honduras.
The 29-year-old has played for Clarets for the past four games, averaging 11.5 goals per season in the Premier League during this period.
Alexis McAllister and Tudor Barruta (Brighton)
The Argentine team included Brighton midfielder Alexis McAllister (pictured below) in their Olympic lineup, and he is expected to become their outstanding figure seeking a gold medal in the third group.
In the warm-up match against South Korea, he scored a wonderful goal for Albiceleste and is ready to shine. Although it is not yet a regular starter for the Seagulls, McAllister made 27 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 3 goals, and will consolidate his position in the team in the 2021-22 season.
Joining McAllister as one of Brighton’s representatives in Japan is Tudor Baluta, who was nominated for the Romanian team.
Baruta has been loaned to Dynamo Kyiv and The Hague, but his playing time in Brighton is limited, so he is eager to use the Olympics as an audition opportunity.
Jay Rich-Baghuelou (Crystal Palace)
Australian centre-back Jay Rich Baglou may not be a key first-team player for Crystal Palace, but he has high hopes in Selhurst Park.
21-year-old Bageello told ESPN Socceroos Under-23 coach Gary van Egmond (Gary van Egmond) commented on him as a “modern central defender” and an “exciting player”.
“He’s fast,” Van Egmond said. “He obviously has athletic ability, and he’s also good at vertical jumping… He has a lot of great attributes.”
Richard Lison (Everton)
Back in February, Richard Leeson Worried that Everton might not allow him Realize his dream, but the forward looks set to play a role in the Olympics, just a few weeks after helping Brazil reach the Copa America final.
He represented Brazil in 7 appearances in the Copa America, including the last loss to Argentina. It is expected that he will add more playing time to his national team in Tokyo and become a key player of his national team.
Since joining from Watford in the 2018-19 season, Richard Leeson has been a staunch supporter of Toffees, and it will be interesting to see what happens to him under the leadership of his new boss Rafa Benitez. Especially if he needs a break at the beginning of the season.
Eric Bailey and Amade Diallo (Manchester United)
Manchester United players Eric Bailey (pictured below) and Amade Diallo will represent Côte d’Ivoire in the Olympics, but only if they will come back with medals. Despite the risk of allowing players to participate in the game, Manchester United coach Solskjaer is positive about this situation.
“When your country calls you, I don’t think I can prevent the realization of that childhood dream,” he told Manchester United’s official website. “Of course, Eric is over age, but I think they can see his value, that’s why they brought him in.
“Amad is a young and exciting prospect. It’s great to meet them. This will be their preseason, but they have to come back with medals. When they come back, we need to have a good feeling about this place. .”
Caleb Watts (Southampton)
Southampton-born midfielder Caleb Watts, who was born in England, will be a member of the Australian team at the 2021 Olympics.
Watts is still a teenager. He completed his Premier League in the 2020-21 season and came off the bench in the 3-1 loss to Arsenal at St. Mary’s Stadium. At the end of the season, he also played against Everton and Manchester City, so he will be eager to build on this basis this season.
Winston Reid (West Ham United)
Last season, veteran Winston Reid helped Brentford qualify for the Premier League and will become the cornerstone of New Zealand’s Olympic campaign.
Still signed with the West Ham team, due to the combined effects of injuries and the game, Reid’s playing time with the Hammers has been greatly reduced. However, West Ham coach David Moyes will become an interested observer when he plays in Japan this summer.