The five to watch at Qatar 2022

Qatar 2022 is well underway and despite the political issues threatening to dominate the tournament, and players who are out injured, the 2022 World Cup promises to be one of the best.

With plenty of African representation and even African too, there will be plenty of diversity and talent on show. The team here at the-sports-buff.com with that in mind, want to find five players who are expected for big things after the tournament.

Jude Bellingham for example is not on the list as we respect your football intelligence to know he will leave BVB sooner rather than later.

Do you agree with the rest of our list? Without further a do here it is;

Enzo Fernandes

The 21-year-old Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandes has been the talk of the town when it comes to defensive midfielders. Argentina over the years have produced some very good players in the position.

From Diego Simeone to Javier Mascherano, it’s fair to say La Albiceleste produce some elite DM’s. In Fernandez, they have only gone and produced another one.

As can be said with pretty much all of the new school of Argentina midfielders, Enzo ticks a lot of boxes. For a team like Liverpool maybe, and I am just putting out there, here is an air to the Jordan Henderson throne?

He has shone he can get about the pitch, something which managers like Guardiola and Klopp need to support their high-pressing style of play. Football clubs need to act fast though, as even before the World Cup, Europe’s elite were watching.

Mehdi Tahremi

Porto striker Tahremi who has done well in the Primera Liga has been the spearhead of the Iranian attack for some time. The 30-year-old who joined the Portuguese giants Porto from Rio Ave does have a respectable 42 goals from 79 appearances for Conceicao’s men.

All be it in defeat, Tahremi was lively against England and was rewarded with two well-taken goals. West Ham, who always seems to be linked with a forward might be a good destination for the Iranian. Personally I feel a team like shot-shy Brighton or Everton could do worse by not signing Tahremi.

If any club does go for him, look to do business now. Continued impressive performances on the world stage will see a transfer fee double, if not more for Mehdi Tahremi.

Alexis Mc Allister

The 23-year-old Alexis Mc Allister, who plies his trade in his native Argentina at Boca Juniors, on loan from Bocca Juniors, is admittedly a left-field choice. Two-time winners Argentina, have a well-stocked midfield, and the Brighton man, might be mainly cheerleading.

Having said that, at the time of writing, the football world is getting grips that 51st-ranked Saudi Arabia have deservedly beaten the pre-tournament favourites 2-1. In the process, it ended their 36-game unbeaten run.

A central midfielder by trade, Alexis has impressed Brighton managers Graham Potter and Roberto Di Zerbi this season. Clearly benefitting from game time away from The Amex, McAllister, will surprise some fans at Qatar 2022.

For Brighton’s manager and fans, they know what they’re dealing with. Maybe Man United could do with a player of this mould, someone who is a complete player in the middle of the park?

Any club interested, will need to bear in mind the Argentine youngster won’t come cheap, especially if he does well in Qatar.

Cody Gakpo

PSV Eindhoven front-man Gakpo is a player you European football fans, will no something about. For those who don’t watch the Dutch Eredivisie, then let’s try and talk up the attacker who is on the radar of a lot of England’s top clubs.

At 6ft2, the Dutchman is someone who has a physical presence, but it’s married with good technical ability as the 23-year-old boasts an insane 12 goals and 19 assists this year for Ruud Van Nisterlrooy’s men.

A goal in the opening game against Senegal, when non of his teammates looked capable of scoring was a good advert for the academy graduate. All of Europe have been on high alert when it comes to Gakpo, a respectable four goals in 10 games, only emphasises the talent.

Aurelien Tchouameni

The last player on our list is Aurelien Tchouameni, the Real Madrid midfielder who has slotted seamlessly into the Los Blancos midfield and cost Real £100 million in what was a high-profile transfer.

So why is he on the list? Well, it’s simple, due to his partner in crime Eduardo Camavinga, who is also his teammate at club level. Whilst the former Rennes man has been getting the attention as star player Pogba misses the tournament injured, we think you should keep an eye on Tchouameni.

The former Monaco man and Bordeaux player won’t be a player clubs will sign due to him being at Real, but the football world needs to see what a gem of a player he is.

There were eyebrows raised when Florentino Perez sanctioned this deal, but we’re sure Aurelien will help glue this very talented French team together. We think so much so that Les Bleus could be celebrating their third world title.So this is our list, is there anyone we might have missed? Do let us know in the comments

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