Web desk(June 19, 2018): Every World Cup throws up names that are unknown at the start of the quadrennial event but their performances in the tournament make them a household name for years to come.
This World Cup in Russia is no different, there are going to be players who will catch the eye and earn themselves a move to a bigger club. Here is a list of five players you should be having your eyes on.
Lucas Sebastian Torreira (Uruguay)Torreira’s career began in Uruguay at Montevideo Wanderers and was soon spotted and moved to Europe to join Italian side Pescara and has been likened to a former player from the club; Marco Verratti. This season Torreira has been a fixture in the Sampdoria side, missing only two matches and appearing for 3184 minutes.
Nicolas Tagliafico (Argentina)Tagliafaco’s consistency over recent seasons, combined with Argentina’s lack of depth means the left back has a great chance of making a positive impact.
Having only been subbed once from a possible 114 games, Tagliafico is able to maintain intensity levels for extended periods. Tagliafico consistently ranks amongst the top players for the last three seasons.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iran)21 goals, 12 assists, 78 key chances created and 111 successful dribbles in 33 games, not a bad season for 24-year-old Alireza Jahanbakhsh ahead of the biggest stage of all.
This is his third season playing for AZ Alkmaar, where he lines up on the right wing in a 4-3-3. He has also played in the Netherlands for five seasons.
Hee-Chan Hwang (South Korea)The 22-year-old has been turning heads for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga for the past two seasons and also won the 2017 Young Asian Player of the Year award.
Due to injury, Hee-Chan only managed to complete just 991 out of the 3150 available minutes in the Bundesliga 2017/18.
Amine Harit (Morocco)Amine Harit is a name that those in Germany will be familiar with due to his dazzling performances in the Bundesliga this season. Alongside his technical ability, Harit’s versatility is one of his many strengths. He has been deployed all across the midfield.
Having represented France 24 times at all levels from U18s to U21s, Harit decided to pledge his allegiance to the Moroccan national team, his parents’ country of birth.