By: Staff –
By reaching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Canada has shown it is producing quality soccer players who can compete on the international stage. With the standard of players coming out of cities like Toronto improving, it seems like it will only be a matter of time before more Canadian stars grace England’s Premier League.
The Premier League Holy Grail
When it comes to the top leagues in the world, the English Premier League is regarded by most to be the pinnacle in the sport. The eyes of the soccer world descend on the action in England on weekends throughout the season. According to ExpressVPN’s sports streaming infographic, Liverpool is the most popular club in terms of streaming interest, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the chasing pack. Interest in North America is growing in the Premier League, especially following the arrival of American coach Jesse Marsch at Leeds United. The Elland Road outfit has also snapped up two USA internationals over the summer and interest in the English game appears to be growing south of the border.
The ability to create interest in Canada would also be boosted if one of the country’s star players were to sign for a club in the English top flight. The Canadian national side does have players plying their club trade in England, including former Blackburn Rovers star Junior Hoilett. The 32-year-old from Brampton, Ontario shone during his time in the Premier League at Ewood Park and will be hoping he can help his current side Reading make a return back to the top tier.
Canadian Soccer On The Up
Possibly looking to follow in the footsteps of Hoilett and play in the Premier League, there are a number of promising players in the Canada squad. Toronto’s Lucas Cavallini is one of the leading international goalscorers currently in the Maple Leafs squad. Having gained experience in Uruguay and Mexico, Cavallini is looking to impress at the Vancouver Whitecaps this season.
Stephen Eustáquio also looks to be a player with plenty of potential for the future. From Leamington, Ontario the defensive midfielder is currently plying his trade in the Portuguese top flight with FC Porto. At the age of 25, Eustáquio could find himself being a mainstay in the Canadian national team and perhaps a chance to play in the Premier League will emerge down the line.
Canada will have their work cut out for them to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup in Qatar, after being drawn in a group alongside Belgium, Croatia and Morocco. The tournament will be a great experience for the Canadian squad and a chance for players from Toronto and other cities to put themselves in the shop window of major clubs.
It’s an exciting time for Canadian soccer and perhaps after the highly-anticipated World Cup there will be a Maple Leaf star snapped up by a Premier League side in the January transfer window.