One to Watch – Dawid Kownacki (Poland)

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Overview of player

Name: Dawid Kownacki
Age: 21
Position: Striker
Nationality: Poland
Club: Sampdoria
World Cup influence: 5/10

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One to Watch – Shinji Kagawa (Japan)

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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.

 

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One to Watch – Yerry Mina (Columbia)

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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…

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One to Watch – Naïm Sliti (Tunisia)

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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.

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One To Watch – Jordan Pickford (England)

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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.

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