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5 Youngsters For Whom This World Cup Could Be The Breakthrough Tournament

This summer in Russia a host of young talents are expected to accomplish their potential or at least draw all the limelight towards themselves. Every World Cup brings a player for whom the tournament becomes the breakthrough tournament wherein the starlet makes himself known on a global scale. 

Think James Rodriguez announcing himself at Brazil 2014. Or Germany’s Thomas Mueller bursting onto the scene four years earlier in South Africa.
So who will it be this time around at Russia 2018?


Gabriel Jesus
Four years ago the Manchester City forward was painting the streets barefoot to celebrate the World Cup in his homeland. Then he was just a Palmeiras youth team player. Now he is one of the hottest young striking talents on the planet. Remember his performance at Rio 2016, bagging three goals as Brazil took gold?
The 20-year-old scored seven goals for the Selecao en route to Russia and has been equally prolific for the English champions – firing 17 this season.
So a heavy burden of expectation heading into the World Cup then?
Not for Jesus.
“I am living my dream,” says the striker. “It isn’t a pressure at all.”


Marcus Rashford
Four years ago no one knew who he was. He was just another 16 year old in the Manchester United academy. A  forgettable second season of Louis Van Gaal at United, with almost every forward in the physio room, Rashford was called up to the senior squad and he had his impact instantly scoring in his Premiere League and Champions League debut. In 2016 Marcus was called up for the England National Team and there again he scored in his debut. 
Though still not a permanent starter, playing second fiddle to Lukaku and Harry Kane for the club and country respectively, he has got lot to prove. An exceptionally talented player with blistering speed and vision for goal this World Cup in Russia could prove to be his breakthrough season. 


Kylian Mbappe

Arguably the most exciting teenage talent in the world right now, Kylian Mbappe has enjoyed a meteoric rise. Still only 19-years-old, Mbappe has formed a formidable partnership with Neymar at club level for PSG.
Then for the national team, he is part of a fearsome attacking options that France coach Didier Deschamps has at his disposal.
Cameroon’s Olympic champion Samuel Eto’o (Sydney 2000) has already drawn the highest comparison of all, believing the French forward is on course to become ‘the next Messi’.
Kylian Mbappe, the world is yours.


Timo Werner
Germany possess such an amazing array of young talent that an entire eleven could be chosen.
But Leipzig forward Timo Werner definitely deserves a mention.
The 22-year old made his national debut last year at Germany’s successful Confederations Cup campaign, scoring three times.
For one still young, Werner has an incredible amount of experience – he is the youngest ever player to make 150 appearances in the Bundesliga.
Lightning quick and ice-cool in front of goal (13 in the Bundesliga this season), he is being talked about as being the spearhead of Germany’s attack for the next ten years.
Now comes the chance to gain further recognition at the World Cup, as Germany look to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.


Marco Asensio
A two-time Champions League-winner by the age of 22, Asensio has become increasingly important to Madrid in the last two years.
A winger with lightning pace, Asensio is undeniably a threat to defences when charging down the left or right flank, but forcing him infield and away from goal is hardly any safer. He scored four long-range goals in all competitions last season, more than any other Madrid player. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (12) scored more than his total of six during Zinedine Zidane's time in charge.
But with the rumours of Ronaldo leaving and an under performing Benzema in the attack, this could be a splendid chance for Asensio to cement his place in the Los Blancos Galacticos of the post-Ronaldo era. 
The Best Player award or the Golden Boot in his hand at the end of the World Cup might just ensure him a crucial role in the next-gen Galacticos. 
It's all up for grab for Marco Asensio.