The creative style of Samir Nasri was certainly missing from France’s 2010 tournament but the Manchester City player enters Brazil 2014 this summer with serious ambitions to his mark on the World stage. With a tame trio of group stage fixtures, Nasri can exert his influence and is good betting prospect in individual match goal scoring markets and a sure bet for assists.
The creative attacking midfielder started his professional career at Marseille in 2004 where, having impressed through the youth academy, he remained up until 2008 with the French side and scored a total of 12 goals from 166 appearances at the squad as well as winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2005.
Nasri’s move to Arsenal in 2008 allowed him to really show his qualities on the big stage, scoring 18 goals from 86 starts with the Gunners including on his debut against West Bromwich Albion.
His dribbling abilities became a showcase for Arsenal fans between 2008-11, particularly during wins against Porto and Fulham during that time which saw him shake off three Porto players in the former, and weaving his way through Fulham defenders in scoring a double on 4 December 2010 - Nasri’s performances that year enough to see him claim French Player of the Year.
Nasri then made a switch to Manchester City in 2011, memorably claiming his first Premier League title success with the club thanks to five goals in 31 league appearances. Despite being briefly left out of the squad early in his most recent season, Nasri returned to the first team and became a regular goal scorer at the attacking Manchester side.
Having played since 2006 at International level for France, Nasri was another player surprisingly left out of the squad for the 2010 World Cup, something not to be repeated this time despite a recent injury sustained against Newcastle United on 12 January 2014 keeping him out for eight weeks. Nasri only made five World Cup qualifying appearances, scoring a single goal against Belarus.
Samir Nasri World Cup Betting Tips
Nasri has scored five goals from 38 appearances for France prior to 2014 and is a worthy consideration to be a goal scorer at any time during the squad’s three relatively tame group stage games. The Manchester City star is also a good bet to assist his team-mates up front with the likes of Loic Remy, Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud all likely to benefit from his playmaking trickery.
France’s kind group draw married to Nasri’s influence and attacking qualities make him a plausible outside betting tip to consider for player of the tournament.