One to Watch – Shinji Kagawa (Japan)


Player Information

Name: Shinji Kagawa
Position: Midfield
Age: 29
Club: Borussia Dortmund
World Cup Influence: 5/10

Nation Overview 

Japan finished top of their group with 28 points, picking up a draw and 7 wins. They had a fairly easy group facing Syria, Singapore, Afghanistan and Cambodia. For me it would have been a failure if Japan didn’t finish top of their qualifying group. Smashing Afghanistan twice and beating Syria 5-0 proved for me how strong this Japanese team was in comparison to the other teams.


Continue reading


One to Watch – Yerry Mina (Columbia)


Overview of Player

Yerry Mina is an out-and-out Centre back who has been playing for FC Barcelona this season. He was signed from Palmeiras in 2018 following 26 appearances in which he scored 6. As a centre-back… you see strikers with worse returns than that.

Yerry Mina represented the Colombian Olympic team for football in 2016 and scored a goal in his four appearances. However it wasn’t meant to be and they went out to a Neymar inspired Brazil in a 2-0 defeat. He has since represented the Senior Colombia team for a total of 12 times where has scored 3. Again, a better return than some forwards…

Continue reading

One to Watch – Naïm Sliti (Tunisia)

Image result for naim sliti tunisia


Overview of Player

Naïm Sliti is a skilled and pacey winger that lines up for Dijon in France’s Ligue 1, where he made 31 appearances, scoring 7 goals and getting 6 assists. He has 16 caps for Tunisia and 3 goals. The 25 year-old, 5’8″ and 165 lb winger wears the #10 for Dijon and deservedly so. He has previously played for both Paris FC and Sedan in France’s Ligue 2. He is currently contracted to Lille in Ligue 1 but played for Dijon on loan. After a good season, he will be looking to cement a first team place in the Lille squad with a good World Cup performance.

Continue reading

One To Watch – Jordan Pickford (England)


Jordan Pickford celebrating the win over Newcastle

Overview of Player

Name:Jordan Pickford

Position : Goalkeeper

Age: 24

World cup influence: 7/10

Overview of Nation

After a dismal Euro 2016 campaign, England needed to regroup and start performing to qualify for the World Cup, and England need to improve over the last two World Cup performances, just scraping through the group stages to then be embarrassed by a young German side in 2010. The World Cup after that they were knocked out of the group stages rather meekly by Uruguay.

Continue reading

One to watch – Fred (Brazil)

Manchester United-bound Fred is with the Brazil squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Oli Scarff / AFP


Overview of Player

Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, or better known as Fred, is a 25 year old Brazilian central midfielder. Fred has recently signed for Premier League giants, Manchester United, after a five year spell at Ukraine’s second most successful club, Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of around €50 million.

The Brazilian midfielder played 115 games over the five year period he spent at the club, creating 15 goals and scoring 15. The defensive midfielder has been dominant in the success of Shakhtar Donetsk’s back to back titles.

Fred was handed a one year ban for doping in the COPA America, he was found guilty of testing positive for diuretic, which is essentially increasing the times you need to urinate. He missed a key number of games for Brazil and Shakhtar over this time.

Continue reading

One to Watch – Timo Werner (Germany)

TimoOverview of Player

Timo Werner is a forward who traditionally plays in a more central role but has often been deployed as a right winger when called upon by RB Leipzig this year. He signed for Leipzig in 2016 from Vfb Stuttgart in a deal thought to be worth just £10 million for a player who is fast becoming the hottest German prospect to start strutting his stuff in the World Cup.

This season alone he has appeared in 45 games for Leizpig and has scored 21 which averages out to around a goal just over every two games which for a player who is just 22 is no mean feet. He has also won the Confederations cup for Germany in 2017 in which he scored 3 goals and was able to bring home the Golden Boot award as well. This cup helped cement his place as a starter for Germany and his return of 8 goals from 14 games shows he is the level required to succeed.

Continue reading