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Far-Fetched Friday: Bukayo Saka to Win EURO 2021 Final MOTM
The Euro 2021 Final is here, and understandably so, there is a lot at stake. Either Italy or England will go home as champions, and whoever wins will have the man of the match. And in that, I believe 19-year-old Bukayo Saka will prove to be the best player on the night.
Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we look at the upcoming European Final.
First and foremost, if you saw my Far-Fetched Friday before the tournament, then you know I want England to win. And in my head, that makes this game more important to me than the players. Like, sure, the players are playing in a life and career-changing match with the emotional balance of their entire country and the European continent at hand, but like, I predicted they would win, and my pride would be hurt if they did not win, soo who really has more at stake?
But all jokes aside, Bukayo Saka has had a breathtaking summer at the Euros. Going into the tournament, he was an afterthought when people talked about the best young players on the England squad, let alone the tournament.
Yet, it has been Bukayo Saka that has stamped his name on EURO 2020.
I know I wrote a few weeks ago about why all Nigerian athletes in the diaspora should play for the Nigerian national team. But Bukayo Saka gets a pass here. He's already cap-tied for England and has looked great all summer.
Despite a late start, not featuring in the first two games, Saka has been outstanding since. His first appearance came in England's third and last group game, and Saka was named man of the match. Then he followed that up by starting in England's historic Round-of-16 win against Germany. Then when an injury held him out of the quarter-final, many assumed he would not return to the line-up for the semifinal. But not only did he return, but he assisted the equalizing goal as England went on to win 2-1. And now England is in its first major final in 55 years.
I expect the game to be more open than most expect, and that is precisely the kind of game that fits Saka and his direct style of play.
Saka will get an opportunity to add a goal and an assist to his account for the summer, and with his technical ability, I fully expect him to do so.
There's a saying that good things come to those who wait, and Lord knows Arsenal fans have been waiting for a long time. Bukayo Saka, the best thing to have happened to Arsenal in years, will carry England forward and lead them to a win over Italy.
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