Against the odds, Dylan Levitt has been named in Wales’ international squad for Euro 2020.
Levitt has endured a poor past 12 months and his selection in Wales’ final squad is a major boost and relief for him.
The Manchester United youngster now has a chance to feature at Euro 2020.
Wales are in Group A along with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
Everything which could go wrong, did go wrong
Levitt’s call-up from Wales’ 30+ final group into the final 26 is a major relief for him, because the 2020/21 was a bit of a disaster for him.
Everything which could go wrong for Levitt, did go wrong, starting last August.
Levitt was overlooked for United’s travelling Europa League squad for the finals in Germany, with Ethan Galbraith overtaking him in the pecking order.
Then after much deliberation on which club to choose to move to on loan, he chose Charlton Athletic, and it went poorly.
Levitt struggled to impress and more experienced options were preferred by Lee Bowyer. He then had to self-isolate amid a Covid scare, and left the Addicks in December after playing just five matches.
He then failed to secure a loan move before the January deadline and had to look further afield, signing with Croatian strugglers NK Istra, taking advantage of the country’s extended deadline.
Levitt had a stop-start time in Croatia, helping his side reach the domestic cup final, before missing the game with injury. He played nine games in total.
This whole season Levitt played 14 games, which stands out as disappointing considering under-23 teammate James Garner managed to play 41 during his loan spell.
Add in ex-United winger Ryan Giggs being suspended as Wales boss due to allegations he is facing, and it really is a miracle Levitt managed to make the Dragons’ final squad for the tournament.
Levitt won’t be a starter at the tournament, but he could play a role, and there may be chances to impress in the two warm-up games.
The United youngster was desperate to make the tournament, telling The Independent in February, “at the start of the season I set my goal and I wanted to get to the Euros. It would mean so much for all of us – my family, obviously myself, my friends, people back home – for me to go.”
After a tumultuous year, Levitt is where he wanted to be. This is a major career boost for him, and one he will have feared he would narrowly miss out on.
Simply being at the tournament will be great experience for Levitt, 20, and will help boost his reputation amid hopes to land a better loan move next year.
His chances of making it long-term at United may have faded this season, but in the here and now, Levitt has reason to be happy, and will be looking to make the most of the opporunity he has been dreaming of.
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