In a few weeks’ time, the 2018 FIFA World Cup roars into life. Before the tournament even starts, we already have those players who we look forward to seeing and most of the times, these are the established players in the mould of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Toni Kroos, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pobga and others. Often overlooked are the young stars who could potentially use the World Cup as a stepping stone to international stardom. These are the top ten stars to watch out for in Russia; you can tip any of these to be your young player of the tournament by placing your bet at world cup 2018 betting.
Henry Onyekuru (Nigeria)
The 20-year-old Nigerian had a breakthrough season in the 2016/17 season in the Belgium top flight with Eupen. His performances alerted the big boys in England which saw Arsenal and Everton submitting huge bids for the then teenager. Onyekuru finally settled for Everton but was quickly loaned back to Belgium where he featured for Anderlecht. With Anderlecht in the 2017/18 season, Onyekuru proved that he is not a one season wonder putting in splendid performances.
Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay)
The 20-year-old was contacted by Juventus way back in 2015 when Juventus sold Carlos Tevez. Having seen his progress, Juventus finally made the move securing his signature for the upcoming season. Rodrigo can play on the left or right side of the midfield. His power and pace make him a dangerous player for the opposition.
Aleksandr Golovin (Russia)
In 2013, Russia surprised the world as they lifted the Under 17 European Championships. Fast forward two years later and one of the standout performers in that team made his senior appearance for the Russia national team. Golovin’s creativity sparked the attention of Arsenal who submitted a $10 million bid that was rejected by CSKA Moscow. A good World Cup showing will definitely increase his stock and it’s difficult seeing him playing in Russia for much longer.
Julian Brandt (Germany)
Brandt made the squad for the Confederations Cup last year but was largely overshadowed by the likes of Julian Draxler and Timo Werner. However, in the just ended season in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Brandt played some of the best football that the country has seen and if given a chance to shine at the World Cup, he certainly will put in a good shift.
Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina)
With Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in the team, it’s very difficult for any other player to hog the limelight. However, away from the headlines and pundits’ thoughts, Lo Celso has been doing the business whenever called upon by Unai Emery for PSG this season. Supplying the ball to Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and co, Lo Celso can finally show the whole world how good a creative force he is.
Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
Fighting his way into the current Belgium national team may be a tough ask for this 22-year-old defensive midfielder who has simply been phenomenal in the Belgian league. However, given even just a little time to make his mark, Leander Dendoncker will certainly grab it with both hands.