The World Cup is famous for unearthing a few new superstars and it’s perhaps one of the most exciting things about the tournament.
The transfer market goes into overdrive and multi-million pound deals follow. Back in 2014 James Rodriguez helped Colombia reach the Quarter Final while also winning the Top Scorer award.
There’s no doubt that Russia 2018 will have the scouts working hard too, while us punters will also be keeping our eyes out to boost our chances in the top scorer odds, goalscorer markets and Group Stage qualifications.
We take a look at five young starlets who could make their mark on this summer’s World Cup.
Brazil have a habit of producing exciting youngsters and Luan is expecting to be the widely unknown superstar of 2018.
Currently playing at Gremio, he’s already earned his stripes for his nation, helping them win Gold at the 2016 Olympics.
The 24-year-old attacker is already on Liverpool’s radar but some quality performances with Brazil and clubs will be lining up for him.
He’ll compliment Neymar and Coutinho nicely and help his nation live up to the 5/1 odds to win the tournament.
Arkadiusz Milik13 January 2018
While most will be looking towards Robert Lewandowski to get all of Poland’s goals, savvy punters will also be backing 23-year-old Arkadiusz Milik, who has a fantastic record for his nation.
He’ll be a definite boost to Poland’s odds to qualify from Group H. Both strikers will be key in what could be a tough group, despite them having a super chance of winning it.
Against Colombia, the quality of the Napoli striker could flourish and male all the difference. Injuries are a concern for him, but a good tournament will justify the €35million Napoli paid for him and maybe even boost that price.
Javier Hernandez’s season so far has been one to forget and should that form continue, Mexico will have to find another club to boost their chances of Group F qualification.
They’re currently EVS to qualify but a lack of goals from the West Ham striker could put punters off. Step up, Hirving Lozano.
The PSV winger has 11 goals in 16 games in the Eredivisie and has been linked with a number of Premier League teams already.
We’re expecting him to show now fear this tournament and in the big game against Sweden, which could be the decider for qualification, he could well be instrumental.
Certainly one to keep an eye on, Lozano may well be signing for a club near you very soon.
????? Ismaila Sarr (19) vs FC Dijon.
Minutes played: 83
Passing accuracy: 86.7%
Shot accuracy: 100%
Dribble attempts (successful): 4 (4)
Duels (won): 11 (7)
Brilliant performance despite being on the losing side. ? pic.twitter.com/T29y4CAAjS
We’re fancying the Senegalese to do fairly well this summer and would put down a World Cup free bet for them to qualify from Group H in a heartbeat.
That’s because there’s a lot of unknown talent in there which will catch nation’s off guard.
Sadio Mane will be the key man, but Ismaila Sarr is definitely one to watch. A €20million signing for Rennes in the summer, the 19-year-old is a frighteningly quick winger who has already scored twice for his country.
He rejected Barcelona in the summer in order to gain experience. There will be no better experience than the World Cup and we could see bigger bids come in post-July.