The Chilean man is one of the most exciting prospects at this World Cup and will have every chance to shine against Switzerland & Honduras before the mouthwatering contest against Spain. Sanchez will play from the left in an advanced role in Marcelo Bielsa’s 3-3-1-3 and th 21 year old could add to his impressive 11 goals from his first 28 internationals.
Slovakia’s star player, Hamsik is an attacking midfielder who has had another good season for Napoli bagging a dozen Serie A goals and has every chance of making a similar impact in the World Cup. A kind group sees Slovakia up against New Zealand in their opening game and it would be no surprise to see the 22 year old further enhance his reputation by leading his country to the knockout stages.
Lightning quick, hard-working and with a touch of class. It’s a pretty good combination. Serbia have every chance of progressing from their group if they get things right and, in the absence of top-class strikers, Krasic will be key. Capable of operating on either flank in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 he is likely to start from the right-wing – expect to see him catch the eye in the early stages and perhaps beyond. At 25 years old, the time is now for Krasic.
The Ajax playmaker has just a handful of senior caps but could prove to be a key man for Uruguay in this tournament given the opportunity. Lodeiro has the pace and skill to provide a goal threat himself but with Forlan and Suarez up front he has the tools to provide the ammunition for them too. This could be a breakthrough tournament for the 21 year old.
Another 21 year old with the opportunity to light up events in South Africa is Mesut Ozil. Germany’s 4-2-3-1 will be geared up to give him room to manoeuvre and expect him to be central to much of their offensive work. Klose will take the hits up top and, with Schweinsteiger and Khedira able to feed him from deep, there should be plenty of opportunity for the Werder Bremen man to impress.