2018 World Cup: 10 Exciting young Players To Watch in Russia

World cup year have always been that year every player and fans wait to witness, Is a year where aged stars decide to quite or retire from football and is also a year so many young players come out to show the world what they have  on a big stage, where most of them will not perform up to their fans expectation and some will end up lighting up their career from there. we also gave a list of stars that missed out of 2018 world cup.

The likes of Thomas Muller in 2010 world cup and James Rodriguez in 2014  show the world what they got and make their breakthrough into a big stage while they are still young.

2018 FIFA world cup is almost at the corner and all the managers of the 32 teams that will participate in the tournament have finalized their 23 man list before 4th June. After adding up all the players in the 23 man list by 32 countries, the statistic shows that 736 players are on a verge to be in Russia and out of all those players their are still young players that can still follow the footsteps of James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller to break into the world stage.

So Here Are The Top 5 Young Players To Watch Out On This Upcoming World Cup

1.Kyllian Mbampe (France)


This young star have been a promising star for his current club PSG and his home country France, After clinching the Ligue 1 title with PSG this season along side Neymar, the French boy is looking forward to lift this world cup with his home country France.

His fascinating foot work will be one those things most defenders will face in this tournament as his intelligence and awareness with the ball will add a lot of depth to France Squad, Add the age of 19 he has that qualities to breakthrough in this tournament.

2.Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

With the type of football this Brazilian is playing, he is already a veteran player at the age of 21. Jesus have made 150 appearance for his home country Brazil and now a Premier League title holder under pep Guardiola. His moves off the last line and his confidence in still of play, he is a prominent young star to wash in this world cup.

3.Ousman Dembele (France)
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This promising young star though he had a poor performance last season after swapping his club Borussia Dortmund for Barcelona in $105m deal, This is a player to can boost of two wonderful feet, his skills and his deceive  type of ball play is what made him a joy to watch in this tournament.

4.Rodrigo Bentancur
Though he have not make much appearance for Juventus since moving from Boca Juniors, Rodrigo calmness on the ball is what makes the Uruaguyan so spectacular. His foot work is so amazing that if Uruguay end up playing deep with their formations he has a very big impact to make with Luis Suarez up front.

5.Marco Asensio (SPAIN)

Real Madrid attacking midfielder Marco Asensio is unlikely to start for Spain in Russia, but he will be one of coach Julen Lopetegui's first go-to options should La Roja need to break down a stubborn opposition defence.

His speed and long-range shooting offer the 2010 world champions a Plan B if their possession-based approach falters.

Asensio first caught the eye during a loan spell with Espanyol in 2015-16. He returned to parent club Real Madrid in 2016-17 and played an important role in the team's La Liga-Champions League double.

Despite limited opportunities in the 2017-18 season, the 22-year-old scored 11 goals across all competitions as Madrid claimed their third straight Champions League crown

6.Winifred Ndidi (Nigeria)
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This is one the promising young stars in premier league, after filling the void Kante left in Lecester team, he have improve to becomes Nigeria best player in this tournament. With his tackles and interceptions, i think that he will take Nigeria team far in this world cup if other play well. His style of breaking into midfield and his attacking style of play proves that he is a young player to watch in this tournament.

7.Marcus Rasford (England)

You should have heard of the boy wonder by now. After bursting onto the scene for Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United as a teenager, his fortunes have languished somewhat under Jose Mourinho. However, he still scored 13 goals for Manchester United in what has been a much-criticised season, so you cannot deny Rashford’s talent. 20-year-old Marcus Rashford plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the English national team. Rushford is one of the most promising youngsters in England. In May 2016, thanks to his goal, England defeated Australia 2-1 and he became the youngest English player ever to score in his very first match.

8.Trent Alexander-Arnold
A young energetic right back with pace and dribbling precision are undeniable, as are his emphatic finishes and he is useful in that he is versatile enough to play anywhere across the attacking line. He provided nine assists this season in 52 games, and, aberrations against Brighton aside, can usually be depended on to find his teammates in space.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a strong season with Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, given starting opportunities thanks to injuries to Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez which he has grasped with two hands. He started in the Champions League final against Madrid, looking relatively assured at the top level, and even got a crack on goal against Keylor Navas. Read more: Trent Alexander-Arnold fills Philippe Coutinho’s Liverpool boots While he may be behind Kieran Trippier in the pecking order currently, he has already usurped one England right-back at club level. It’s not beyond him to seize a starting place in Russia

9. Luka Jovic (Serbia)
Jovic’s finishing ability is strong off both feet, and he gets himself into good positions and on the end of through balls. Jovic has proven to be a threat in the air due to his strength and a good striker of the ball off both feet. He has been limited in starting opportunities for his club Eintracht Frankfurt this season, playing 27 games coming off the bench 15 times. He’s been a bit of a super sub though, scoring once every 127 minutes – 9 goals in total and two assists. He is unlikely to start for his country, given Aleksandr Mitrovic‘s stellar season at Fulham, but he may get a run out from the bench and do what he does best – take his chances.

10.Cristian Pavón (Argentina)
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Cristian Pavón is motivated to start for Argentina in the midfield. A 22-year-old in his first World Cup starting for a pre-tournament favorite next to possibly the best soccer player of all-time? No pressure, kid. we also wrote an article on why Leonel Messi needs to win the 2018 world cup.

To be realistic, it doesn’t seem like much bothers Pavón, so I expect him to shine like a million star.  He has made just five appearances for his national team but Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has indicated he’s already one of the most important players on the squad.

Quick, fast, smart and savvy, the Boca Juniors player could be inundated with European offers after his stint in Russia. A month of setting the table for the likes of Messi, Sergio Agüero and Angel Di María will certainly get him noticed.

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