Top 5 Stars of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup so Far

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJune 25, 2013

Top 5 Stars of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup so Far

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    The FIFA U-20 World Cup is well under way in Turkey, so who's been impressing the B/R team so far?

    Jese, of Spain, has predictably excelled in a free-flowing 4-3-3 formation, dominating the left flank and bagging three goals, but who else is running riot?

    Check in on the top five stars of the tournament so far. 

Danny De Silva

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    Danny De Silva, just 16 years of age, is a midfield star for Australia's U-20 squad.

    He's shown good form in helping his side nullify and frustrate Colombia in their opening match, forming part of a solid midfield three who remained disciplined and dogged off the ball.

    On the ball, Australia were incisive and direct, and a great run by De Silva between the centre-backs was rewarded with an effort on goal, expertly poked home to draw level.

    In his second game against El Salvador, they man-marked him out of the game to nullify his influence—a true testament to his prowess. 

Lucas Digne

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    There's a touch of Dani Alves in the way Lucas Digne plays, and it's rare you'll see a full-back so naturally dominant on one touchline.

    Digne does the work of two men on the pitch, zipping up and down the left like a train engine never to run out of gas.

    He plays left-back and left-wing at the same time, pushing France's actual winger (Jean-Christophe Bahebeck) inward and therefore more involved in the buildup play.

    Crossing on the run is a strong suit, and he knows when to smash it across the box and when to float it in. At times, he's the furthest man forward for France.


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    Tiki-taka, 4-3-3 football reigns supreme across every age group in Spanish football, so we know what to expect in terms of playing personnel.

    Jese has shone as a wide forward, operating primarily from the left, and his three goals have allowed Julen Lopetegui's side to get away with not fielding an out-and-out striker on the pitch.

    He's been taking advantage of Gerard Deulofeu's great work down the right-hand side, working the left and arriving late in the penalty area to sweep the ball home.

    He's a phenomenal natural talent who should go on to star for Real Madrid. 

Dimitri Foulquier

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    Dimitri Foulquier had a steady, if unspectacular, first game for France against Ghana. He then exploded into life against the U.S.

    He judges when to go forward well, picking his moments in an attempt to remain defensively solid. When on the run, he unleashes immense pace and power to beat his markers and surge down the line.

    As far as right-backs go, he's made a hefty contribution in light of his side's underperforming central midfield corps. He and Lucas Digne are carrying the side. 


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    Portugal's hopes of progressing into the depths of this tournament rest on the attacking talents of Bruma.

    The Sporting Lisbon product, who broke into the first team last season at the tender age of 18, is an electric talent who has drawn favorable comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.

    His assured finishing skills have resulted in three great goals so far, and checking in on the shambolic state of the defence, he's going to need to score a lot more to take his side to glory.