The World Cup is fast approaching, and soccer fans around the world will once again have the chance to watch the greatest players compete for a chance to win the famous trophy.
Every World Cup brings a lot of drama, action, and suspense, making it the most-watched sporting event in the world. Aside from finding out which country will be the world champions, the World Cup is also an opportunity for fans to see some of the most exciting prospects in the sport.
Over the years, many of soccer’s best players have announced themselves to the world at this tournament, and this year might be the best ever for young players. Every team in the tournament has a lot of exciting youth prospects, some of whom could be competing for a chance to win the Best Young Player award.
You can bet on who wins the award, as well as other World Cup bets at Betway. Here are some of the best prospects for the award.
Bellingham is currently the favorite to win the award, and despite only being 19 years old, he’s shown he can be one of the most important midfielders of the tournament.
The English player currently plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but he’s attracted plenty of attention from clubs such as Liverpool and Real Madrid. Although he’s young, he’s a crucial player for Dortmund and is capable of controlling the game with his excellent passing ability and willingness to get forward.
He’s incredibly technically gifted and can play in just about any position in the midfield. This is vital for England, who have had a big weakness in this position. Although they relied on Kalvin Phillips at Euro 2020, they may need someone fresher and younger at this World Cup, where the heat will be a big factor. If England manages to do well, he’ll definitely be a major factor and has a good chance of winning the award.
Another midfielder, Pedri is the second favorite to be crowned the Best Young Player in Qatar. Although he’s young, he’s become one of Barcelona’s most important players. He’ll be playing for Spain, which is typically one of the best teams at the World Cup.
Although he often plays in the center of midfield, dictating the rhythm of the game. Pedri excels best when he gets the chance to join the attack, and he’s just as adept at scoring as he is at assisting.
As more of an attacking midfielder, Pedri excels at playing forward passes between the lines and making direct runs to create and score goals. Spain has a fairly straightforward group and their biggest opponents are Germany.
He could prove instrumental to his side and help them get far in the competition. Although this isn’t the same Spain side that was dominant back in the period between 2008 and 2012, they still have a lot of quality.
Musiala should be one of the starting names on the team sheet in Germany.
Another 19-year-old, he has the skills and experience to make a big difference at this World Cup if given the opportunity. Playing for Bayern, he’s excelled in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, playing with the maturity of someone much older.
Musiala plays in midfield but generally as a forward, attacking the opposition half as a winger. He’s an incredibly versatile player who can play on either side of the pitch, controlling the ball well and showing excellent dribbling ability.
Germany has struggled at tournaments in recent seasons, but they’re still an incredibly dangerous side. They have to get past Spain in their group, but Japan and Costa Rica should be easy work for them, especially if Musiala is in form.