The World Cup has time and time again proved to be a launching pad for many players. Memorable performances tend to catch the eye of suitors, frequently increases the stock of some players. The breakout star or the last World Cup was Colombia’s James Rodriguez, who secured a big money transfer to Real Madrid after the tournament in Brazil. Here are some of the potential stars of this World Cup.
- Timo Werner – The Leipzig striker might only be 21-years old, but he has already proved his worth by guiding the German national team to Confederations Cup triumph. Werner will be a contender for the Golden Boot award. He possesses incredible finishing skills inside the box, and a lot of major clubs will be keeping close tabs on the young German.
- Sergei Milinkovic Savic - At 6ft 4in, this Serbian is an imposing figure in midfield. When played further up the pitch, Milinkovic-Savic can threaten opponents with his accurate long shots. He has won more aerial duels (190) than any other player in Serie A since the start of last season and he is also surprisingly versatile, comfortable as one of the three midfielders in a 4-3-3 formation or behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1. European giants Juventus and Manchester United are rumored to be interested in acquiring his services.
- Aleksandr Golovin - Expectations are high for 21-year-old Aleksandr Golovin, who is the stand out player in a particularly weak Russian side. He is adept at providing the link between midfield and attack as well as doing his bit to cover the defense. The CSKA Moscow midfielder is a box-to-box playmaker who helps to keep the Russians ticking over. Suitors will be keen to see just how he performs with such a weak team around him.
- Joshua Kimmich – The Bayern Munich full-back is a utility defender who moved from midfield to center-back and eventually right-back during Guardiola’s time at the club. He is a great reader of the game, an aggressive tackler and has the knack of always being at the right place at the right time, irrespective of whether that’s getting up the pitch to provide options with the attack, or hurrying back to make a last-ditch interception or tackle.
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