The 5 most wanted World Cup wonders
The World Cup only comes around every four years, and for most it’s a place to showcase their talent on the biggest stage.
June 27th, 2014
Not every team receives the same amount of coverage that the likes of Real or Bayern Munich receive – therefore for many players it is a place to shine. The World Cup is often used by players to put themselves in the figurative ‘shop window’ for the managers of the world to take a look at. The 2014 World Cup has been no different, and here are five stars that will be undoubtedly wanted by a host of clubs come its close.
Enner Valencia, Ecuador, 25
The 25-year old Ecuadorian forward has been prolific in Brazil, notching three goals in three group games. With his club side Pachua, Valencia scored 18 goals in 23 games and his performances on the biggest stage will not have gone unnoticed.
Memphis Depay, Netherlands, 20
Depay has been the ultimate impact substitute this World Cup, coming on twice to score in two group games. The young talent has impressed coming in from the Dutch wing, and has reportedly attracted the attention of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur amongst others.
Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico, 28
The Mexican revelation Guillermo Ochoa is currently a free agent. Stellar performances displaying his shot-stopping ability have gained the 28-year old some very positive publicity during this World Cup. Available on a free, the Mexican looks to have a host of different clubs after his signature and will be able to select who his next team is.
Joel Campbell, Costa Rica, 22
Campbell is under contract with Arsenal, however has been on loan for the past three years. The forward has impressed at Olympiacos and now he has impressed at the World Cup, prompting reports that Arsene Wenger is willing to give him a chance at the Gunners next season. If he doesn’t get first team football I can imagine the youngster will not have trouble finding another suitor.
Arjen Robben, Netherlands, 30
Finally, in my opinion, the player of the tournament. Robben has showed outstanding quality throughout each of Holland’s group matches, playing a key part for Van Gaal in the Dutch’s charge toward the trophy. His age means that should Robben want one last move before retirement, now would be the time. I’m not sure that is the case and I’m not sure Bayern Munich would let him go; however if the opportunity arose I imagine there isn’t a team in the world who could realistically say no.