The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st World Cup, scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15. This will be the first ever World Cup to be held in eastern Europe. With only 6 days to go for the  2018  FIFA WORLD CUP, every player is ready to fight for his country and is about to give his best. But some footballer’s performance went unnoticed. So let’s find out about those underrated players.

 

Marko Arnautović

Marko Arnautović had a splendid season with West Ham bagging  11 times in 22 games times since David Moyes’ appointment in December and was West Ham’s player of the season following his £24m arrival from Stoke last summer. Arnautović is one of the best players in the Premier League but hasn’t caught everyone’s eyes as there are other high scoring players like Harry Kane and Salah who play for a better side comparatively.
Arnautović can act as a Catalyst for Austria at this FIFA World Cup and will surely catch everyone’s eyes this time.

Florian Thauvin 

Florian Thauvin

The Marseille winger showed his quality this season in Ligue 1 and booked his place in the highly competitive French squad. But in a league of star players like Neymar it’s hard to shine and more if you don’t play for PSG.

Thauvin scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists and helped his team to reach the Finals of UEFA Europa League eventually losing out to Atletico Madrid.

Thauvin can play on the left and right wing and also as a centre-forward. He will surely help Deschamps to try different tactics at the World Cup.

Thauvin is the player you need to watch out this World Cup.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri – The man who can’t stop scoring stunning goals whether it’s for stoke or for the Swiss National Team is one of the most dangerous weapons Swiss team have.

Sadly the Swiss international wasn’t able to help stoke to avoid relegation to the championship but still provided 7 assists and scored 8 goals for a team like Stoke. Which is pretty decent for a side like Stoke.

Shaqiri is a left-footed winger who plays on the right wing but can also play as a Centre forward and attacking mid and is also good at taking set-pieces.

For me, Shaqiri is the man I would watch beside Messi and Neymar. Shaqiri is the player who will  make the difference

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen

Eriksen is an attacking midfielder more of a mixture of number 10 and number 8. He participates both in building up attacks and finishing them with goals or assists. Compared to a deep-lying playmaker, he prefers a faster-attacking build up and more vertical, riskier passing. Christian Eriksen is the best midfielder in the Premier League. Smooth as silk, slippery as an eel. And that touch, that technique with which he hits the ball. 

Christian Eriksen is one of the more under-appreciated creative geniuses in the game. This is probably because he’s more efficient than he is flashy. He steadily puts up goals and assists numbers that outpace those of plenty other attacking midfielders with bigger names, but because he does so with subtle trickery rather than blaring physicality, with slight taps and flicks of the ball rather than showy freestyle moves, it’s easy to overlook the Tottenham player’s less conspicuous but plenty substantive abilities. Now, what i concluded that Eriksen is really underappreciated. Did he get the recognition, he deserves? Nopes not that much.

Ivan Perišić

Ivan Perisic

Perišić is a very unique winger who is two-footed. This fact immediately sets Perisic apart from most wide players as he is as comfortable dribbling the ball down the byline and whipping a cross in as he is cutting inside to have a shot, off either the left or right flank.

Not only that, Perisic is blisteringly quick which makes him a real asset for a team that looks to transition quickly from defence to attack or play on the counter-attack. Perisic is an accomplished dribbler having succeeded with 41 take on attempts (51%) in Serie A this season, while he was also Inter’s second-most creative player, supplying 62 chances for his teammate.

But in a world where only  Ronaldo, Messi, and Neymar are known for wingers nobody knows about the Croatian. He provided 9 assists and scored 12 goals this season for Inter Milan. Perisic will be at his best when Rakitic and Modric will be there to help him and Mandzukic to convert his crosses into goals.

Julian Brandt 

Julian Brandt

The 22-year-old has impressed again last season, scoring nine times in 34 appearances and collecting three assists for a B04 side that heartbreakingly missed out on a top-four finish. It may have seemed like the typical hyperbole accompanying a transfer when Rudi Völler described him as “one of the most talented players in German football,” upon his arrival at the BayArena in January 2014, but almost everything Brandt has done in black and red since has proved Völler correct.

Julian Brandt has played amazingly for the German team and has won the FIFA Confederations Cup and a silver medal at the Olympics.

Maybe the young German will help his nation to lift the World Cup trophy this year.

Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele

With the exclusion of Radja Naingollan, Belgium need someone who will help them control the midfield and help the defence, well they don’t need to worry anymore cause Mousa Dembele is part of the world cup squad.

Dembele has helped Tottenham this season a lot. He is the player who gives his all in the game. If Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield has a soul, it’s Mousa Dembele. But we knew this already. This was a season where people finally started to appreciate his importance to this Spurs side, and also probably where he started his inevitable decline. Dembele’s importance doesn’t come from goals and assists — he didn’t have any of either — but in how he was able to control the midfield and transition the ball from the defence to the attack, almost seamlessly, and the way he involved himself into the buildup of play.

His unique combination of skills — brute strength, dribbling ability, and passing will be crucial for Belgium’s midfield. with likes of hazard and Debruyne Dembele is the one you should watch this FIFA World Cup.

 

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1 Comment

Waqas · June 15, 2018 at 6:49 am

Very Good and informative article about the underrated football players
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