Five players we’re excited about watching at the 2018 World Cup

With the World Cup approaching Day 4 of the competition, we thought we would shine a light on some of the key players who have yet to play at the tournament.

Timo Werner

One of the rising stars of German football, expected to lead the line for Germany and at just the tender age of 22 that’s pretty impressive.

He’s got some big shoes to fill in terms of trying to emulate the departing Miroslav Klose who’s record of 16 strikes at World Cups will take some beating. But with 8 goals in 14 games for the national side he’s off to a strong start.

If Werner fires, he could play a leading role in Germany defending the World Cup. A feat only managed by two sides in history; Brazil in  1958 – 1962 and Italy in 1934 – 1938.

Yuya Osako 

Being the focal point for his side, his ability to hold up the ball and move it out to the wings to help inspire counter attacks for his team will be vital. In Group H alongside Poland, Columbia and Senegal – Japan have a slim chance of qualifying for the knockout stage, if they do though Osako will have to lead the line to the best of his abilities.

Wahbi Khazri 

Everything goes through Tunisia’s star man. For Tunisia to fire at the World Cup, Khazri will need to hit the ground running. The Ex-Sunderland man who usually plays as an attacking midfielder will be asked to lead the line for his country in Russia. Instrumental in Tunisia qualifying for the competition, let’s just hope he isn’t firing on all cylinders against England.

Badou Ndiaye 

It would have been easy to choose Sadio Mane, but the man from Stoke; Ndiaye looks set to have a solid campaign in central midfield. He adds some solidarity and steel to Senegal’s midfield. If Senegal can get their defensive priorities in order, they are set to make Quarter-Finals at least, with the attacking threats at their disposal.

Jesse Lingard

We couldn’t have a list of players we’re excited about seeing at the World Cup and not include an England player. Lingard has become a vital player for both club and country. Match winning performances for United this season, should see him start against Tunisia tomorrow evening. His ability to find pockets of space and his quick feet can ensure England are counter attacking swiftly. He’s also got a goal or two in him too.

We hope you enjoyed our selection.

The Playmaker.