BBC co-commentator Martin Keown raved about Rangers star Glen Kamara on Monday night, despite Finland suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Belgium in the European Championships.
Finland are competing in their first-ever major tournament and had moved into a decent position in Group B ahead of their final match.
They then managed to keep the world’s number one ranked side at bay for a long period and a draw would have been enough to see them qualify for the knockout stages.
However, they tired in the second half and Belgium eventually broke the deadlock in the 74th minute through a Thomas Vermaelen header that came off the woodwork before hitting goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky and dropping over the line.
Romelu Lukaku then added a second seven minutes later and the devastated Finns now look set to go out at the group stage.
That would mean no more opportunities for Kamara to show his talents on the big stage amid considerable transfer speculation [Daily Mail], but he’s made quite an impression already anyway.
The 25-year-old certainly wasn’t overawed against the Belgians and earned praise from the commentary team in the first half.
“Kamara was at Martin’s old club Arsenal for a little while and went to Southend and Colchester, then up to Scotland – and a terrific campaign he’s had for Rangers,” said main commentator Jonathan Pearce [BBC]. “Premier League teams are looking at him now.”
“I’m sure of it,” replied Keown.
Later on in the game, the Gers star received the ball close to his own back four before speeding away under pressure from Kevin De Bruyne and Keown once again issued praise.
“He showed good pace there, Kamara,” he said. “We were talking about Premier League teams taking a look – I’m sure Steven Gerrard doesn’t want to hear that, he was one of his outstanding performers this season.”
Amid Kamara’s links to top-flight English clubs, Finland boss Markku Kanerva recently dropped a claim many Bears won’t agree with.