With the world cup just a few short weeks away, football fans are just about ready to burst with the excitement of the biggest competition returning. With some shock exits already happening in the qualifying stages – such as players like Haaland and Salah not getting through – we’re sure to be in for a crazy ride in the 2022 World Cup.
Let’s take a look at some of the younger players that have been looking on form and are ones to watch during the 2022 World Cup. Who knows – you may find these players have some great odds to score. Free Bets Expert is a leading betting comparison site that already has an incredible selection of free bets for the World Cup 2022.
10 – Brazil – Rodyrgo Goes
The young Brazilian has been an absolute star for Real Madrid this season, being a pivotal piece of their combination of La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Supercup. He provided a whopping 10 assists and netted 9 goals.
What has truly made him one to watch has been his crucial parts in the dramatic comebacks Madrid made against both Manchester City and Chelsea. His incredible talent for finishing will no doubt be used by Brazil to help them hopefully add that 6th star to their kit.
9 – Serbia – Dusan Vlahovic
Vlahovic became a pretty much household name after his jaw-dropping run with Fiorentina in Serie A. In 108 games, he bagged 49 goals and 8 assists and was well and truly put on the radar of many teams.
Juventus managed to bag him after they sold Ronaldo back to United, where he’s had a bit of a slow start, but for his nation, he’s been absolutely stellar. He’s managed to score once in every 73 minutes he’s played, making him one to keep an eye on at the World Cup.
8 – France – Aurelien Tchouaméni
You knew Tchouaméni was something special when he became potentially the most expensive summer transfer with his move from AC Monaco to the hallowed ground of the Bernabéu.
Being incredibly versatile, Tchouaméni shows he possesses the skills to not just be tough, focused and a relentless midfielder – but also smart and competent on the attack whilst creating great chances. You can see why he’s a starter for the French team.
7 – England – Jude Bellingham
You know someone’s going to be great when they retire a shirt at the tender age of 17. Showing unstoppable talent at Birmingham city, they retired his number 22 shirt when Borussia Dortmund signed him (for a record-breaking amount!).
He’s had a goal contribution in every single competition he’s played in and is sure to be a key part of England’s team.
6 – Spain – Ansu Fati
Taking reign of the legendary no. 10 shirt at Barcelona, to say Fati had big shoes to fill would be the understatement of the century. But Fati seems to be up to the task. At 16 he managed to score his first goal for Barcelona in just 7 minutes of wearing the shirt.
Absolutely oozing talent, he makes everything he does look effortless. He’s up for countless records & awards and will surely make a dent for the Spaniards.
5 – Canada – Alphonso Davies
Whilst Canada isn’t well known for its world-class football talent, one man could be set to change that. Alphonso Davies has quickly become one of the best fullbacks on the planet, being almost unequal in his pace across the pitch and insane dribbling capability.
Within one season at Bayern Munich, he’s been cleaning up the trophies and has also helped Canada appear in the World Cup for the first time since 1986. 100% one to watch.
4 – Spain – Gavi
Gavi has been causing havoc for Barcelona – and he famously did it with his shoelaces untied! Impressively earning a spot on the first team ever since his debut. Impressive in both defence and attack, Gavi can be cheeky when needed but also has a decent head on him.
He can play in pretty much every position from midfield and has settled into the Spanish team nicely, becoming the youngest player to ever score for them.
3 – England – Phil Foden
Pep Guardiola called Foden ‘the most talented player’ he’s ever seen – and Pep has managed Iniesta, Xavi and of course Messi. His natural talent is unmistakable and he’s had 112 goal contributions in just 212 matches – and he’s barely even getting warmed up in his career.
Whilst he hasn’t really had the space to have the impact he wanted to on the England squad in the Euros, the World Cup may be a different case as he has had a great season for City.
2 – Spain – Pedri
Pedri’s stint at Barcelona has no doubt had a big impact on his development and his market value demonstrates that perfectly – Since joining it’s increased by over $72 million. Becoming the unofficial partner of Messi when they were both at Barcelona, he became well known for his vision at seeing plays and then executing them flawlessly.
The impact he will have on the Spanish team will most likely be huge – and with the strong team behind him, they look set to be quite dangerous in this tournament.
1 – Brazil – Vinicius Junior
If you know about this kid then you knew he was going to be on this list. Whilst not having the best start for Real Madrid, Vinicius junior managed to turn that around into some great. So great, many people have tipped him to possibly be the most promising young player in this World Cup.
The Brazilian national team has a fresh young lineup that has both the promise, talent and flair of the good old days – with Vinicius promising to be at the helm of that.