10 young players who can break out in Qatar

10 young players who can break out in Qatar

The World Cup is everyone’s time to shine.

This is especially the case for young players. Kylian Mbappe rose to superstardom in 2018 and helped France win the tournament. James Rodriguez’s mania swept through Brazil in 2014 and led to a major transfer to Real Madrid.

Mbappe was already well established in the world of football but the World Cup pushed him into another stratosphere and this may be the case for several players in 2022.

Here are 10 potential 2022 World Cup success candidates aged 23 and under.

Josko Guardiola (Croatia)

Club: RB Leipzig
Location: Center back
age: 20

Part of Croatia’s young defence, Josep Guardiola was heavily linked with Chelsea in the summer Signing a new contract With RB Leipzig. A strong showing at the World Cup will only increase foreign interest.

The 20-year-old’s best attribute is his ball-playing qualities and he made instant waves in the Bundesliga last season with his exploits. He is often encouraged to take up high positions in Leipzig’s defense and will certainly do the same with Croatia.

But Guardiola remains a staunch defender despite this heavy involvement in possession. He recorded a 56.4 percent success rate against opposing dribblers last season, according to FBRef.com. This is strong for a player who plays in a side that presses aggressively and plays with a high line.

Muhammad Quddus (Ghana)

Club: Ajax
Location: the attacker
age: 22

Mohamed Quddous enters the World Cup in fine form with nine goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for Ajax. Fitting that he leads the line for Ghana.

But it’s Quds’ dribbling that really catches the eye. The actual numbers, though from a small sample size in the Eredivisie, are ridiculous.

Kudos’ uncanny ability to pop up in quality areas and convert clinically could be a big factor in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea on high alert.

Guay (Spain)

Club: Barcelona
Location: middle player
age: 18

There were only three or four Spanish players on that list, but it’s hard to ignore Gavi given his rapid rise to fame.

Gueye turned 18 in August, but he has already made 66 appearances for Barcelona dating back to last season, with 13 caps for Spain. This World Cup will definitely put the kid in the limelight.

Whether it’s his technique, his vision or his passion for developing the ball, Gueye will captivate anyone who watches the Spaniard.

Moises Caicedo (Ecuador)

Club: Brighton and Hove Albion
Location: middle player
age: 21

The 2022 World Cup may be too early a tournament for Ecuador to make some noise given how young the squad is, but there are still a few standouts.

And Moisés Caicedo should be at the top of the list. The 21-year-old was sensational in Brighton’s season opener in the 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 7 and has consistently attracted plenty of attention since then.

Caicedo’s work rate, defensive strength and distribution off the ball have attracted rave reviews. He is a complete midfielder in every sense of the term and should be one of the best players for Ecuador.

Graphics and data via StatsBomb.

Cody Gakpo (Netherlands)

Club: PSV Eindhoven
Location: before
age: 23

There are few wingers who can bring fans to their feet like Cody Gakpo can.

PSV is forwarded Tipped repeatedly Joining Manchester United and for good reason. The 23-year-old is a lethal scorer, chance creator and a threat off the dribble.

With his all-round skill, Gakpo will be one of the main players for Holland if they make a deep run at the World Cup.

Takefusa Kubo (Japan)

Club: Real Sociedad
Location: before
age: 21

Dubbed the “Japanese Messi”, Takefusa Kubo has one of the most exciting attacks in the tournament.

Kobo is the headliner, though. The dynamism he displays on the ball, whether he’s cutting inside from the left or in his natural right-back role, is breathtaking.

Kobo may not be a goalscorer, but he will be one of the focal points of Japan’s attack with his creativity and dribbling.

Jamal Mosela (Germany)

Club: Bayern Munich
Location: middle player
age: 19

Few 23-year-old players are in better form heading into the World Cup than Jamal Mosela, and yet he is one of the youngest.

Through 19 games for Bayern, Mosella has nine goals and eight assists from midfield. It’s a stunning return for anyone, let alone a midfielder.

Germany will be hoping they can keep up that form in the tournament, especially in a tough group with Spain, Japan and Costa Rica to contend with.

Jonathan David (Canada)

Club: lil
Location: the attacker
age: 22

To say Jonathan David is having a dominant season with Lille is an understatement.

David is a clinical finisher but his defensive work rate has always drawn praise from coach John Herdman and his chance creation may also be his lowest quality. The actual numbers show this well.

David has some of Europe’s biggest clubs monitoring his progress, so if he can help Canada upset the likes of Belgium and Croatia, it will only add to his value.

Julian Alvarez (Argentina)

Club: City of Manchester
Location: before
age: 22

Don’t be surprised if Julian Alvarez starts for Argentina at the World Cup, even with the likes of Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala among the ranks.

Alvarez is capable of playing wide or up top, with the ball moving between the lines with ease and finishing with aplomb.

Regardless of his situation, Alvarez will be the X-factor for Argentina in this tournament.

Jude Bellingham (England)

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Location: middle player
age: 19

It’s safe to say that all eyes will be on Jude Bellingham.

England’s midfield has long been underweight or incapable of bossing matches against top-flight opposition, but Bellingham may change that perception.

Even at 19, Bellingham is very poised and enthusiastic with the ball’s development. If England hope to replicate the form from Euro 2020 and the 2018 World Cup, it will rely heavily on the youngster to deliver the goods.

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