2014 World Cup: Best 11 Youngsters That Will Shine
2014 World Cup is about to begin in less than 1 week, so let’s see which are the best 11 youngsters that will fight to win World Cup Best Young Player. I will present the best 11 young players that in my opinion might explode during Brazil tournament.
1. Thibaut Courtois
The Belgian goalkeeper amazed with his performances in Champions League and La Liga. Jose Mourinho described him as the best young goalkeeper in the world. Courtois’s presence in the best 11 youngsters can not be questioned because he has the highest percentage of saves (87%) in UEFA competitions this season.Although Courtois just turned 22, he is a major contender for 2014 World Cup Best Goalkeeper. In 41 appearances for Atletico he had 20 clean sheets and his reflexes might be decisive for Belgium campaign.
2. Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier seems to be the perfect replacement for Bagary Sagna at Arsenal. His presence of in the best 11 youngsters is granted by his raw power, speed, good positioning and for his forward runs, that made the Cote D’Ivoire player to score 5 goals and have 6 assists in the last Ligue 1 season (the best performance of a defender in Ligue 1). Aurier confirmed he is a talented young player both at RC Lens and Toulouse and in group with Greece, Japan and Colombia, Serge might be the surprise the opponents with his offensive charges. The 21 years old right full back is already linked with a transfer to Arsenal, being considered the perfect replacement for Bacary Sagna.
3. Ricardo Rodriguez
The 21 years old Swiss left back amazed with his performances at Wolfsburg, being declared Man of the Match 9 times in the last Bundesliga season. Rodriguez contributed to 22.2% of Wolfsburg’s goals (scoring 5 times and having 9 assists). Ricardo Rodriguez enters in the best 11 youngster that must be watched at the World Cup because he has the same number of assists as Yaya Toure or David Silva, being one of the most creative players in Europe. The Swiss has 2.3 key passes per game, a similar number like Andrea Pirlo. Also he has a very good technique, having 2.6 dribbles in a match, more than Cristiano Ronaldo.
4. Raphael Varane
Varane is only 19 years, but unfortunately for him the last season was troubled by injuries. However, Raphael Varane is prepared for 2014 World Cup after he impressed in the last matches in La Liga and UEFA Champions League Final. Varane is undoubtedly the best young defender in the world when fit, having perfect inch tackles and great aerial power, good speed and composure. He is a very good ball-winning defender, assuring safety and calm in defense.
5. William Carvalho
William Carvalho’s contribution were vital for Sporting Lisbon in the last season. William Carvalho might be a key player for Portugal in 2014 World Cup. As a defensive midfielder, he is often compared with Sergio Busquets and Yaya Toure. Despite not having a good pace, he excels with timed tackles, very good positioning. He dominated the midfield by keeping possession when needed and dictates the play by his fine passes. Without an attacking presence he reminds me of a former World Cup winner – Gilberto Silva.
6. Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba, 21 years old, established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. The 2013 Golden Boy of Europe possess a very good passing ability and devastating long shots. Pogba has a good a technique and will certainly will have an impact on France performance at 2014 World Cup campaign. The Frenchman contributed 7 goals and as many assists for Juve in the last season.
7. Mateo Kovacic
The young number 1o from Inter Milan was decisive in the play-off against Iceland. He has a great technique and dribbling ability, despite being only 20, being considered a combination between Seedorf and Kaka. Despite being young, he is nicknamed “The Proffesor” for his vision and fine passing.
Brazil’s cultured left winger earned Scolari’s confidence vote. The small winger always lit up the pitch when he showed up. Possessing an incredible speed, Bernard learned a lot from Ronaldinho, being an intelligent and creative winger. Bernard was took the face of Lucas Moura in Brazil’s team and 2014 World Cup might be the moment when the little Brazilian jewel might really explode.
9. James Rodriguez
The 22 years old Columbian has to replace the missing goleador Radamel Falcao. As a result, Rodriguez is the most valuable player of Columbian team for 2014 World Cup. He contributed to 40% of AS Monaco’s goals, scoring 9 times and having 12 assists. James Rodriguez was the best assister in Ligue 1, with 12 assists.
10. Julien Draxler
Germany provided the last 2 World Cup Best Young Players. Draxler is a real gem for Germany’s 2014 World Cup team, being able to play on anywhere in front. Mainly playing on the left wing, Draxler has the change to appear in the first 11 for Germany in 2014 World CUp because Schurlle underperformed at Chelsea and Podolski is far from the form that brought him into the lights. Julien, 20 years old, has brilliant skills and movement – awesome technique, good speed and vision.
11. Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku, 20 years old, remains the sole attacker for Belgium in 2014 World Cup, after the injury blow of Benteke. Romelu Lukaku is a real diamond and established himself as a world class talent in Premier League, scoring 28 goals in 61 matches for West Brom and Everton. His a real threat in aerial play, but also posses a very good speed and technique.
I have included in this list players that have the opportunity to play for their team on a regular basis in 2014 World Cup. Other players that worth to be mentioned, despite being considered reserves are: Luke Shaw, Koke, Raheem Sterling, Adnan Januzaj, Granit Xhaka, Memphis Depay, Ross Barkely, Marco Verratti or Josip Drmic.
Who is gonna win 2014 World Cup Best Young Player?