As strange as it might seem, given that we are talking about one of the greatest football competitions, World Cup tournaments are frequently a showcase for relatively unknown players or players who underperformed during the season.
With this article I will leave you with a shortlist of players who could surprise football fans with their performances and draw the attention of football clubs and agents.
An experienced Goalkeeper, he will soon reach the 100th international cap, with more than 200 matches for Gala since 2011. He was one of Uruguay’s cornerstones during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when they finished 4th. Muslera is clearly that kind of player who outperforms in big matches and important competitions. He had remarkable exhibitions for Uruguay in 2010 and we will most likely see him shining again.
Poland/ U.C. Sampdoria
The Polish defender is probably one of Europe’s most competent right-backs defensively. A very interesting player that could make an important move this summer to a bigger club, after a great season in Serie A playing for Sampdoria.
Denmark/ Chelsea F.C
Chelsea’s young centre-back is one of the most promising defenders in Europe right now. He is expected to be part of Denmark defensive line alongside the experienced Simon Kjaer. Andreas’ speed and tackle timing are the perfect combination with Simon’s heading and positioning.
Ruben is one of the greatest revelations in Europe this season with 24 appearances for SL Benfica, impressing all the specialists with his strength and tackling. The Portuguese centre-back surprised a lot of people, being called-up to the World Cup squad without a single match played for the National Team before.
Peru/ São Paulo F.C
Miguel is one of the best full-backs playing in the Brazilian Serie A. His offensive skills are impressive, making him, probably, Brazil’s best full-back crossing the ball. Playing for his country, he may not take as many risks offensively as he does for his club, but we can still expect to see some high-quality moments during the competition.
Mohamed Ben Amor
Tunisia/ Al-Ahli Saudi FC
Ben Amor is a very solid defensive midfielder, who has a great opportunity to perform and get a chance to join European football, after the competition. His passing ability will impress many people during the World Cup.
Denmark / SV Werder Bremen
Thomas is a left-footed high talented player with an amazing foot ability, either dribbling or delivering the ball to his colleagues. The Danish player is expected to leave Werder Bremen this summer for a club with higher ambitions. This competition could help him a lot if he is able to outperform.
Russia / FC Lokomotiv Moscow
Aleksei bears a high share of responsibility for Lokomotiv Moscow’s league title this season. He is, alongside with Manuel Fernandes, the wizard behind the most beautiful moments seen in the Russian league this year. Russia’s expectations rely greatly on this left-footed player’s ability to guide their national team to the World Cup knockout stage.
Mexico/ PSV Eindhoven
Lozano’s dribbling and speed spread a great wave of passion among the big European clubs over this season. He is said to be on his way to the Premier League. Until then we will have the opportunity to sit and appreciate his quality while playing for Mexico. Hirving, as most Mexican players, tends to outperform when playing for his country, and even more during such an important competition.
Sweden / RB Leipzig
The Swedish started the season playing for Leipzig, on fire, but a series of injuries stopped what seemed to be the beginning of his career’s best season. Nevertheless, he has recovered and is now fresh to face the World Cup, where he is clearly Sweden’s attacking star player.
Portugal/ A.C. Milan
The young striker had a disappointing season at AC Milan and he is probably going to leave the Italian rossoneri. The World Cup is the perfect showcase to keep him on the route of the big European clubs, but he will have to give his best! André Silva is probably going to be a starter for Portugal given his level of complicity and strong connection with Cristiano Ronaldo on the field. André is the kind of striker who is able to find space for his colleagues without touching the ball, due to the quality and intelligence of his movements.
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Footballaholic at SAK
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