The 2014 Brazil World Cup has now started! We’ve already seen Neymar live up to the hype and the world is looking forward to seeing the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo potentially light up the tournament. However, there are many exciting young talents that have yet to make a big name for themselves that you should keep an eye on.
We have compiled a list of 5 up-and-coming players that you may not know about, that have the potential to grab headlines this summer. We’ve avoided big name wonderkids and instead decided to put the spot light on the less familiar youngsters of the tournament. Take a look!
5. Serge Aurier, Ivory Coast
Twenty-one-year-old Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier is the epitome of a modern day full-back; fast, powerful and an attacking threat adding to solid defensive capabilities. He currently plays for French side Toulouse but has been strongly linked to Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool. Quick-footed and a great crosser, Aurier has all the tools to make an impact in the tournament.
4. Christian Atsu, Ghana
Chelsea fans will be familiar with 22 year old Christian Atsu, who they signed last summer and loaned to Vitesse Arnhem for the season, where he was voted Fans’ Player of the Year. The former Porto man is very quick and skillful and is capable of producing moments of magic. A left sided midfielder who has great technical ability to beat his man, he’s more than capable of making his mark.
3. William Carvalho, Portugal
William Carvalho is a 22 year old defensive midfielder that plays his club football with Sporting Lisbon. An athletic, strong and powerful player that has been labelled the ‘New Yaya Toure’, he will be hoping to force his way into the starting eleven and show what he can do. Manchester United fans will be keeping a special eye on him as they have been reported to have a strong interest in signing him.
2. Son Heung-Min, South Korea
Son Heung-Min is the current poster-boy of South Korean football and plays for German side Bayer Leverkusen. Pacey, two-footed and a great finisher, South Korea’s hopes of progressing from the group stage may rest on his shoulders. At just 21 years old, he’s already attracting the interest of many top European clubs. Able to play as a striker or winger, he’s also very versatile.
1. Divock Origi, Belgium
Divock Origi recently burst on to the International scene and raised a few eyebrows when he was included in Belgium’s 23 man World Cup squad. Described as a ‘very special rough diamond’, this 19 year old forward could surprise us all. At 6ft 1″, he is a big unit with quick feet and excellent balance and is deceptively tricky and pacey. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for him!
That concludes our list. Let us know what you think in the comments section!