The World Cup in Qatar showed there are players who are ready to play at a higher level and make the step up. According to this article here are five players who deserve a move after the winter tournament.
1. Dominik Livakovic
Livakovic’s performances for Croatia were crucial in getting them to the semi-final. Unlike Cody Gakpo (who was already on a lot of clubs’ radars) and Enzo Fernandez, before the World Cup began, he was not tipped to make a move elsewhere. Livakovic has always had outstanding reflexes and been good at rushing out from his line and closing the angle before the forward can get a shot at goal. The most notable action from him came in the penalty shootout wins against Brazil and Japan.
2. Josko Gvardiol
Coming into the World Cup, he was not an unknown quantity and he departed the World Cup as a household name. He showed in Qatar that he can perform on the world stage. Gvardiol is very good when it comes to the defensive fundamentals as he is quick, powerful, and strong – both in the tackle and aerially while being a tremendously driven individual. The only negative after the World Cup was how he struggled to deal with Lionel Messi against Argentina. With the trajectory he is on, he could be one of the best centre backs in the world soon.
3. Enzo Fernandez
Fernandez played a crucial role for World Cup winners Argentina. He has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United. The 21 year old Benfica midfielder helped Argentina in the group stage scoring against Mexico and assisting against Poland. He is versatile as he can play as a centre midfielder, defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder, which is ideal for any club looking for him. One problem with signing him is his £105 million release clause that will put off many clubs. However, the Blues are eager to smash their transfer record and sign the midfielder.
4. Jurrien Timber
Before Martinez signed for Manchester United, Timber was rumoured to be joining the Red Devils. Before the World Cup Timber had 10 caps for his country which is remarkable given the players Netherlands have at their disposal in that position. Timber broke into the Ajax line-up at 18 years old and had a century of first team appearances before the tournament . What is most impressive about the Dutchman is the fact his tackle success rate is 69%. This shows he has a good reading of the game.
5. Denzel Dumfries
In the World Cup Dumfries played all of Netherlands games, barely putting a foot wrong. His standout game was the last 16 tie against USA where he scored and provided an assist. However, he also scored an own goal in the same game. Chelsea are making inquiries on the fullback after the recent injury setback to Reece James. If Inter Milan are to sell him it is most likely going to happen in the summer as they would need to act fast to find a replacement.