15 Young Players Whose Transfer Value Will Skyrocket at 2014 World Cup
For young players featuring in a World Cup tournament, putting in a small handful of good performances can see their value and interest from suitors shoot up once the competition has come to an end.
For example, Liverpool spent around £13M for El Hadji Diouf, as per Transfermarkt, following the 2002 World Cup, where the Senegalese international, then 21, led his nation to the quarter-finals (h/t Statto). He turned out to be a flop with the Merseyside outfit, performing nowhere near the quality needed to play for a side of Liverpool’s calibre, and was eventually loaned out two years later before being sold the following season.
But there are some success stories of highly-rated prospects who have shone in a major international tournaments and continued their fine form at domestic level, so who are the young players whose value could skyrocket following this summer’s World Cup?
Serge Aurier: Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier is a player already coveted by Arsenal, according to Sky Sports, who are looking to replace Bacary Sagna this summer. The 21-year-old grabbed two assists from his first group game of the World Cup to help overcome a 1-0 deficit and win 2-1 against Japan.
If he continues showcasing his brilliant creative abilities, clubs may have to consider breaking the bank for his signature this summer.
Ricardo Rodriguez: Switzerland
Talented Switzerland defender Ricardo Rodriguez has done little to keep under the radar this World Cup. The 21-year-old Wolfsburg left-back was a standout performer in the 2-1 win against Ecuador, and has picked up where he left off the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign.
Arguably one of the best young left-backs in world football now, Rodriguez won’t come cheap anymore.
Joel Campbell: Costa Rica
Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell, 21, saw his stock greatly rise in 2013/14, but a good World Cup campaign could elevate the Arsenal man to new heights.
He scored his first World Cup goal in the shocking 3-1 win over Uruguay and could return to the Emirates as a valuable prospect if he can continue his form this summer.
Stefan de Vrij: Netherlands
The 22-year-old Feyenoord centre-back is expected to be spoken about heavily this summer, with his national team manager Louis van Gaal potentially eyeing him up for Manchester United when he takes over this summer, according to James Barnes of Squawka.
Antoine Griezmann: France
France winger Antoine Griezmann has enjoyed a good season with Real Sociedad already, but shining in the World Cup could elevate him to new heights.
The 23-year-old performed well in France’s 3-0 World Cup group-game win against Honduras, and will be heavily coveted this summer, with two-time Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain and Champions League holders Real Madrid linked, according to Ben Jefferson of the Express.
Jordy Clasie: Netherlands
Netherlands midfielder Jordy Clasie hasn’t featured yet in the World Cup, but the 22-year-old Feyenoord playmaker is expected to get some minutes in their next game against Australia, as the Oranje are close to sealing their qualification into the next round. Should he showcase his creative abilities, Clasie will be on many teams' summer wish list.
John Anthony Brooks: USA
The 21-year-old Hertha Berlin centre-back could find clubs knocking on his door this summer if he continues to perform as he did for the USA.
Christian Atsu: Ghana
Granit Xhaka: Switzerland
Switzerland playmaker Granit Xhaka will be a name spoken about in the transfer rumour mill this summer.
Currently playing for Borussia Monchengladbach, Xhaka put in a solid performance in his country’s World Cup win against Ecuador, boasting an 89 percent pass accuracy, making 70 touches and creating three chances for his teammates.
Jason Davidson: Australia
The 22-year-old, who plays his club football for Heracles, showcased his attacking instincts against a strong Chile side, creating three chances, making three interceptions and making 76 touches. He'll be a player tough to hold on to.
Ogenyi Onazi: Nigeria
Making 115 touches and boasting an 82 percent pass completion, the 21-year-old Lazio midfielder was one of the better performers in the Nigeria side. He could find himself linked with a move elsewhere if he can match his performance levels throughout the World Cup.
Kenneth Omeruo: Nigeria
Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo was another player who came out with some plaudits from the Iran stalemate. The 20-year-old centre-back, who plays for Middlesbrough, was solid in defence, making three tackles, winning four aerial duels and left nothing to chance with his eight clearances.
Sime Vrsaljko: Croatia
Highly-rated Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko plays his club football for Genoa, but will likely be enquired about by a host of sides this summer if he shows his true ability in this summer’s World Cup.
The 22-year-old was decent in the 3-1 defeat to Brazil, making 72 touches, winning 100 percent of his aerial duels and making the second-most interceptions on the pitch.
Memphis Depay: Netherlands
Netherlands forward Memphis Depay is yet to feature in this summer's World Cup, but he is highly rated by his manager Louis van Gaal.
The PSV star, 20, is expected to get some game time against the likes of Australia, and potentially more in the final group game versus Chile if the Oranje have sealed their qualification. If he can get enough minutes on the pitch, he’ll take little time to showcase what he can do.
Divock Origi: Belgium
Belgium winger Divock Origi came off the bench with his side 1-0 down to Algeria, but his introduction led the Red Devils to overturn the result to come back and win 2-1.
The talented Lille forward, 19, made two successful dribbles and boasted 100 percent pass completion, while coming close to scoring with a long-range drive too.
Belgium manager Marc Wilmots was certainly gutsy to bring him on, but he clearly believes in his ability, and if Origi can showcase more of his talent this tournament, there will be increased interest in his signature.