One to Watch – Michael Amir Murillo (Panama)


Overview of Player

Michael Amir Murillo is a defender, who can play at right-back and centre-back. He currently plays for MLS side, New York Red Bulls. He initially joined the Red Bulls on loan in February 2017, before agreeing to sign a permanent deal with the club in November 2017.

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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.

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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.

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One to Watch – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)


Image from The Daily Star

Overview of Player

Name: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Position: Midfielder
Age: 23
Nationality: Serbian
Club: Lazio
World Cup Influence: 6.5/10

The giant Serb was actually born in Spain but is of Serbian heritage and was brought up in the country whom he plays for. He started his career off at Vojvodina in the Serbian SuperLiga but soon earned himself a move to Belgium, turning out for Genk where he enjoyed a good season scoring 5 in 24 matches before his move to current team Lazio.

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