10 Players Who Will Use World Cup to Get Next Contract
Here are 10 players who will use the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to showcase their talents and get their next contract.
A memorable performance in a World Cup can change a player's career.
Just ask El Hadji Diouf, a star for Senegal at the 2002 World Cup, which enabled him to play for Liverpool.
- Chung-Yong Lee (South Korea)
- Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria)
- Alejandro Bedoya (United States)
- Adam Lallana (England)
- Sergio Romero (Argentina)
10. Adam Taggart (Australia)
Adam Taggart is a FIFA World Cup bolter for Ange Postecoglou's Australia national team.
Taggart is the reigning A-League golden boot recipient and young footballer of the year.
His 16 league goals for Newcastle Jets indicate he is ready to take his game to the next level.
The reason why Postecoglou should include Taggart in the Socceroos' World Cup squad is the centre-forward's ability to create his own shot.
He is a superb long-range shooter and Australia need goals against the run of play.
9. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon)
Did you know that 25 percent of Vincent Aboubakar's Ligue 1 goals for Lorient this season have come in stoppage time?
He is a big-moment player who can be an impact sub for Cameroon at the FIFA World Cup.
Aboubakar is destined for a move to a major club in the next few years.
8. Shinji Kagawa (Japan)
A strong FIFA World Cup display from Japanese Shinji Kagawa will help his getaway from Manchester United.
He started decently under Sir Alex Ferguson, and then fell away under David Moyes, who was clueless in how to best use Kagawa.
It was as if Moyes did not watch Kagawa, a central attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, play at Borussia Dortmund.
Moyes restricted Kagawa by playing him on the left and forcing him to defend.
Kagawa needs freedom to excel.
7. Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas is enjoying a career-best season at Levante.
He has recorded 128 saves, per Fox Soccer.
He is the primary reason why 11th-placed Levante (42) have conceded fewer goals than fifth-placed Sevilla (50) and sixth-placed Real Sociedad (51).
6. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (Mexico)
Chicharito showed life when he scored, created a goal and hit the woodwork against Newcastle United.
He is a goal-sneak who can average 20 goals per season if a team is built around him, so he should consider leaving United for a La Liga team.
The problem at United is that management see him as a bit-part player, but he is better than that.
He can prove his critics wrong by scoring several goals at the FIFA World Cup for Mexico.
5. Majeed Waris (Ghana)
Spartak Moscow own Majeed Waris' playing rights.
He has scored nine goals and registered three assists on loan at Valenciennes.
Spartak should give Waris another chance, but if he has a sensational FIFA World Cup campaign for Ghana, the Russian club could be able to sell him for a significant transfer fee.
4. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia)
Croatian centre-forward Mario Mandzukic will be aiming to match Davor Suker's six goals at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Mandzukic heads to the 2014 World Cup knowing he needs to put himself in the headlines should he plan on leaving Bayern Munich.
With 18 goals in the Bundesliga, why would Mandzukic want to leave?
His starting time is likely to diminish with Robert Lewandowski joining Bayern next season.
3. Eduardo Vargas (Chile)
Eduardo Vargas has never made a Serie A start for Napoli.
He has been loaned out to Gremio and to Valencia, where he has had a run of games, starting 10 of 14 La Liga matches.
Vargas is a trump card for Chile at the FIFA World Cup and can change a game with a moment of brilliance.
2. Josip Drmic (Switzerland)
Josip Drmic is a breakout star in the Bundesliga this season.
He has scored 16 league goals for relegation-threatened Nurnberg, often latching on to through-balls from central attacking-midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake, who seems to be the only Nurnberg player able to consistently create shots for his team-mates.
Drmic is quick, a good finisher and will be one of Switzerland's biggest threats.
He could be a dark horse for the 2014 FIFA World Cup golden boot.
1. David Ospina (Colombia)
Yes, Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina is prone to the odd rush-of-blood moment, but he is a superb shot-stopper.
If he can have error-free games while pulling off spectacular shots, he will be earning a big move away from Nice.
He is ranked as Ligue 1's second-best keeper, per sports.fr.
Statistics via WhoScored.com