While Danish football is at the forefront of continental thinking after the shocking incident with Christian Eriksen, so too are most of the rest of the squad. While many of the younger talents in the Denmark team begin to really show their qualities without their talismanic playmaker, more experienced names who are looking for a fresh start are also impressing. One player who is making a big impression is that of Martin Braithwaite. The former Middlesbrough player currently is on the books at FC Barcelona, signed as emergency forward cover.
Though he is likely to have no real future at Camp Nou, the Dane is being linked with a move back to England. Teams including Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United are believed to be keen to make a deal happen. The player has led the line well at the Euros, showing an impressive level of leadership as Eriksen has missed the tournament due to his heart issue.
Braithwaite might not offer regular goals, but he does provide a presence upfront and a hard-working element. Seen as the ideal addition to David Moyes’ attacking West Ham side, Braithwaite is likely to be enticed back to England this summer.
Why will Martin Braithwaite leave Barcelona?
While the player would likely stay forever, the club is keen to move on from what was seen as a short-term solution to a forward problem. The Dane has struggled to get regular game time in the Spanish giants first-team, and looks almost certain to move on. However, he has enjoyed some moments of impressive form and thus could find himself a popular suitor for a whole range of different teams in England.
Clubs in Spain and Germany are also believed to be interested, but his massive wage packet at Barca makes it likely that only a return to England could be financially feasible. Given he was signed in a period of desperation for the Camp Nou outfit, the wages involved makes it hard for other clubs in Europe to make a deal possible outside of a loan.
Given FCB want to cut players to raise funds and make space on their wage bill, though, it is highly unlikely that they can make anything from a loan. A sale – even for a nominal fee – is likely to take place. Braithwaite, 30, is in his prime years and would likely offer something interesting for a Premier League club looking for a forward who can bring others into play and link up the rest of the team.
Though never a prolific or even regular forward scorer, Braithwaite does offer various qualities that would make him a popular signing for many clubs in England. Expect bids to arrive once Denmark exit the Euros. They are set to take on Wales in the next round.