The game of football is often decided by one piece of ingeniousness. It is inevitable that a forward will produce such moments, but often than not there is one midfielder who can dazzle and shimmer at the greatest stage of all.
Players Who Can Dazzle in FIFA WC 2018:
Here we look at some of the highly rated midfielders who can register themselves in the history books.
A blend of Zidane’s calmness, and Iniesta’s twist and turns; Isco has grown into one of World’s best free roam players. In Zidane’s first season Isco was never a starter and looked set for a move away from the capital. However, the following season Isco repaid Zidane’s faith when he was given the role just behind the striker.
He has been phenomenal since then. Isco produced one of the finest performances against Atletico Madrid dropping deep to help out the central midfielders and dribbling his way out of trouble. Spain will bank heavily on Isco as Iniesta is well past his prime, and no one has yet matched Xavi’s brilliance. Spain can change their formation and give Isco a more central role. Alongside Thiago Alcantara they will form a formidable pair if played together.
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium):
An elegant number 10 with a blistering right foot, De Bruyne has been inspirational for Pep’s Manchester City. There is no doubt whatsoever regarding his mastery, and his fizzing set-piece deliveries make him a complete midfielder. He can shoot from range and has the vision to pick put teammates in a better position.
Belgium’s squad boasts of World class players, but they were disappointing in the 2014 quarter final against Argentina. Belgium will look to build a team around De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. The latter will operate from the middle and with Romelu Lukaku in number 9, they can yield a sensational goal scoring spree.
Paul Pogba (France):
His recent 100+ million euros transfer to Manchester United took the World by surprise. He might not have produced performances justifying the cost, but there is no doubt regarding the tall and lanky Frenchman. Pogba can operate as a box-to-box midfielder and his diagonal balls are a treat to watch. He has the perfect blend of skill and tenacity to get past players, and can kick the bejesus out of the ball from both his feet.
France will bank on him alongside Dimitri Payet and Blaise Matuidi. Poga when given an advanced central midfield position can produce stellar performances. However, he will be under the pump after a hefty move, and a disappointing final of Euro 2016.
Bernardo Silva (Portugal):
There is no better player in the World right now in terms of dribbling other than Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese has been a revelation under Jardim’s Monaco where he has excelled as a traditional number 10. He can breeze past players with little pace but truckload of skills.
He missed his chance when he was injured just before Portugal’s Euro success, but this around he will surely make it count. The days of Cristiano Ronaldo dependency seems to be over as Bernardo Silva will look to forge a formidable midfield with Ronaldo up front. Portugal will make sure Silva plays in his typical position where he does not need to track back all the time. Renato Sanchez and William Carvalho will take up the initiative of playing the dirty game.