It seems crazy that the World Cup is only a few weeks away.
Having the World Cup bang in the middle of the Premier League season is unusual, but we are all looking forward to the winter competition. After all, it only comes around once every four years!
There has been a lot of talk about what a World Cup in Qatar is going to look like. However, there is no denying that soccer is insanely popular in Qatar, and we are sure they are going to put on one hell of a show.
But what about the players? There is no denying that Erling Haaland has been the star over the past few months, but with Norway not taking part in the competition, it’s time for other players to sign.
We take a look at three players to keep a keen eye on throughout World Cup 2022:
1. Pablo Martín Páez Gavira (Gavi)
There is a lot expected of this exciting Spanish talent. He is one of Xavi’s prodigies who is playing a key role in rebuilding Barcelona at the moment.
He is already part of the Spanish midfield, and has won a number of awards, including the Kopa trophy at the 2022 Ballon d’Or.
His club manager is not surprised, with Xavi saying the following recently:
“It doesn’t surprise me, I see him train every day. It’s down to hard work, discipline and heart. He was the best player in the game, because of his intensity, fight, passing, high pressing – he has heart in his legs.”
2. Vinicius Jr
Of course, we have to mention Real Madrid and Brazil’s Vinicius Jr. It is worth noting that his 22 goal haul was only bettered by Karim Benzema, which is pretty impressive for a 22-year-old playing in La Liga.
There is a feeling that this could be Vinicius Jr’s year on the international stage. While has not been as prolific for Brazil, he is part of a team that has not experienced a loss in the past three years, and he is only getting better.
3. Jude Bellingham
Last but not least, England have an exciting youngster on their hands in Jude Bellingham. He is currently plying his trade in Germany for Borussia Dortmund, where he made history by becoming the youngest ever captain in the Bundesliga.
We did not see Bellingham get much game time during the 2020 Euro campaign. However, he has matured immensely over the past couple of years, and the pre-tournament friendlies seem to show that he is very much in Southgate’s plans.
Which players are you most looking forward to seeing?
So there you have it: our top three picks when it comes to the players you should be keeping your eyes on during the 2022 World Cup.
Which player do you think will have a big tournament in Qatar?