The Cutter profiles ten young superstarlets who already have the world at their feet but are set to see their reputations rocket into the stratosphere this summer.
Ramadan Sobi (Egypt)
The Pharoahs may be huge outsiders having qualified for the greatest show on earth for the first time in 28 years but they shouldn’t be so easily discounted. With Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and Liverpool’s wing-sensation Mohamed Salah in their ranks they possess sufficient quality to cause upsets and for a touch of the unpredictable they have Sobhi. Once on Atletico Madrid’s radar the Stoke wideman is a bag of tricks who likes nothing more than to exhibit his talents on the big stage. He will thrive under the spotlight in Russia.
Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina)
After proving his considerable potential has substance at PSG the 21 year old attacking midfielder was granted his international debut in November and did enough to be regarded as a shoo-in for a World Cup squad place for la albicelestre.
For both club and country the former Rosario schemer has a wealth of famous competitors to get past in order to nail down a starting spot. There is no question that he’s good enough to do just that.
Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)
A bone fide superstar in the making the generously eyebrowed striker has already been compared to the Brazilian Ronaldo by the great man himself. The platitudes only got more surreal when Pele claimed that the Manchester City goal-machine was superior in talent to Neymar and it’s the devastating partnership between the pair that the world’s best defenders is fearing the most in Russia.
Should Brazil go all the way for a record sixth time it’s entirely conceivable that Jesus could end up with the Golden Boot as further reward and some of the leading online betting sites have the best odds available on either of these two events happening.
Marco Asensio (Spain)
If the tabloids are to be believed this extravagantly gifted midfielder is wanted by both Liverpool and Chelsea for figures that would make a Silicon Valley billionaire blush. It’s scary to think then how much his estimation might escalate further with an influential showing for Spain this summer.
The 22 year old is blessed with technique that lends itself to gifs and frankly Real Madrid would be mad to part with him for any price.
Marcus Rashford (England)
What an incredible emergence this has been for a kid who wasn’t even considered to be the best in his age bracket at academy level. In February 2016 Rashford was called up at the last minute followed an injury to Anthony Martial in the warm-up to an Europa League game and he shocked one and all not only with his two goals but calm, assured performance. He hasn’t stopped scoring ever since.
Timo Werner (Germany)
The youngest player to reach a hundred Bundesliga appearances Werner is in pole position to establish himself as Germany’s missing link this summer – an arch finisher in the Gerd Muller mould.
Having out-scored his contemporaries last term in the German top flight this prolific hit-man will be looking to fire his way into World Cup legend after a phenomenal rise that has now seen him regarded widely as the complete forward.
Ousmane Dembele (France)
When Barcelona reluctantly relinquished Neymar to PSG they had no hesitation in who to turn to – France’s boy wonder with the searing pace and twinkling footwork. It took £96m to prize him from Borussia Dortmund but that could be viewed as small change in the months ahead should Dembele display his show-stopping brilliance against the world’s elite.
The fact that France also boast the formidable Kylian Mbappe up front is just plain greedy.