Before the European Championships, Hal Robson-Kanu had just left Championship side Reading.
In the aftermath of Wales’ Euro 2016 semi-final loss to Portugal, Robson-Kanu admitted that his performances in France had increased the demand for his services. He said he had received offers from “the Premier League and the rest of the world,” though hinted at a preference to stay in England.
Moments like his winning goal against Slovakia, and the Cruyff turn with which he bamboozled Belgium’s defenders, have made hot property of someone who has played the majority of his football in the Championship.
The 27-year-old came through Reading’s academy and had loan spells with both Southend and Swindon before establishing himself in the first team and making over 200 appearances.
With his superb displays in France effectively putting him in the European shop window, offers are starting to come in quickly.
“I had offers before the tournament – good offers from good, progressive clubs – but I made a decision to wait,” Robson-Kanu told BBC Sport.
“I made a decision to run my contract at Reading down. I’ve been there 12 years, given a lot of service and felt it was the best decision for myself and my career. It’s probably one of the best decisions of my life.
“I’ve made no secret of my desire to play in the Premier League and if that’s the best place for me then I’ll be there.”
A number of Premier League clubs have now begun to call Robson-Kanu’s agent among them Leicester City, Southampton and Watford have all wanted to talk to the Welshman, but it’s Hull City who are reportedly are leading the charge for his signature.
Hull boss Steve Bruce, quoted by the BBC recently said of Robson-Kanu: “We are booked in for talks with him and to see him in the next few days. Do we intend to offer him a deal? Yes.”
Bruce also stressed Hull are not the only club hoping to recruit Robson-Kanu.
“I think Hal is a good age, has had a sort of rebirth if you like, of playing through the middle, because before that he has played wide most of the time,” Bruce said.
“He is big, strong, powerful, quick and somebody who runs the other way, in football terms. I know we have got competition, so let’s see what we can do.”
Calls from China have also been confirmed with salaries of £100,000-per-week being mentioned. According to the Mirror, Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan are willing to splash mega money on the 27-year-old after he caught the eye during the Euros with Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira Club also tracking the Welsh wizard.
It appears that one good tournament can make or break a player and in Robson-Kanu’s case, it has been the making of him. Despite assurances from potential managers that this talents hadn’t gone unnoticed prior to the championships, they certainly didn’t do him any harm.
Wherever he goes next season, fans will be watching for more of the Cruyff turn and that Welsh magic.