From Gavi to Mbappé, passing through Messi and Haaland, the 50 players to watch in 2023
Close up on the 50 players who will follow in 2023, with PART I. They experienced a very particular World Cup. Gavi and Spain eliminated by Morocco. Camavinga was beaten in the World Cup final. For Fati it is a slow return to competitions.
Karim Adeymi (Dortmund)
In place of Haaland at the heart of Dortmund’s defence, the Nigerian-Romanian international has emerged from a frustrated World Cup opener in which he didn’t play a single minute. Enough to arouse the motivation of him to be one of the leaders of a Mannschaft in the midst of an existential crisis that gave Europe an appointment in 2024 to put the church back in the center of the village! Until then, the match against Chelsea in the Champions League will tell us more about his ability to play under pressure.
He can do it : win the Champions League
He will do it: earn a place in the Mannschaft
Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
Started with a bang, the career of the youngest scorer in the history of La Roja and the Champions League could have continued its crazy ascent if he had been decisive in Qatar, despite the limited time played, and if Barça hadn’t been having a difficult time at the level European. At the bottom of the wave, Fati hasn’t finished surfing on a tiki-taka that hasn’t said the last word about him.
He can do it : win La Liga, win the Europa League, win the Nations League
He will do it: the catalan grand slam is for 2023
Youssoufa Moukoko (Dortmund)
The youngest player (18 years old) of the last World Cup, who only played a few seconds after the match against Japan, has a season and a half to prepare for Euro 2024 at home, his first real match. with a revanchist Mannschaft like never before. As such, the Cameroon-born striker is counting on the Champions League to gain experience with an eighth final against Chelsea to start… and possibly finish.
He can do it : win the Champions League
He will do it: win the Kopa Trophy
Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
His performance in the World Cup final showed that he certainly deserved to have more playing time, in the absence of which he has nevertheless accumulated valuable experience to put him in a new orbit, that of a starter who in 2023 will grow in power to be at the top at Euro 2024. The future of the Blues is him.
He can do it : win La Liga, win the Champions League
He will do it: qualify the Blues for Euro 2024
Mohammad Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam)
His brace against South Korea wasn’t enough to allow Ghana to reach the round of 16, but it confirmed all the good we thought of the young striker who has been pushing Ajax Amsterdam for two seasons and who we had already seen very well in the Champions League League this year (4 goals). His exposure in Qatar should earn him offers at a top European club.
He can do it : win the third consecutive Eredivisie, win the Europa League
He will do it: bring Ajax back to the Champions League
Mohamed Simakan (RB Leipzig)
From Strasbourg to Leipzig, the 22-year-old centre-back has proven he is of the caliber of the greats. By extending his contract until 2027, he joins a long-term club which, like him, continues to gain credibility and which will pass a huge test in the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester City. The opportunity for the future French international to confront Haaland. And suffocate him?
He can do it : win the Bundesliga, win the Champions League, win the German Cup, become national A
He will do it: becomes international A
If the World Cup in Qatar revealed the limits of his style of play, it certainly didn’t question the exceptional precocity of his talent. The Kopa Trophy 2022 will not be Ballon d’Or in 2023 but, by bringing Barça and La Roja to authors more in line with his standing, in La Liga, in the League of Nations, he sets an appointment with history.
He can do it : win La Liga, Europa League and Nations League
He will do it: all three for the price of a place in the Ballon d’Or standings
Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
In February, Qatar will already be far away for the nugget of German football which will be as dangerous for PSG’s defense as Mbappé will be for Bayern’s. His talent is immense and his performances at his first World Cup are just a taste of it. If 2023 does not allow it to hatch definitively, there is no doubt that Euro 2024 will be in… Germany.
He can do it : win the Champions League, win the Bundesliga, win the German Cup
He will do it: get the double cup of the German championship
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
More spectator than actor of the elimination of Brazil by Croatia, the youngest of the Seleçao will have however strengthened in Qatar a trust born from the excellent start to the season with Arsenal. Very courted due to his profile as a hyperactive and very technical corridor player, the Brazilian of Italian origins is already scheduled for the next 2026 World Cup in the Americas.
He can do it : win the premier league, win the cup, win the europa league
He will do it: win the top flight
Dayo Upamecano (Bayern Munich)
Without yet being the great central defender that France plan to hire after Varane, Evreux’s son showed in Qatar that he at least has the potential. From
of the round of 16, his numerous decisive saves often relieved a beleaguered defense and allowed the Blues to survive. At 24, much more will now be expected from a player already well established in the heart of the Bayern defense and who, as such, will pass an important new test against Mbappé, Neymar and… Messi’s PSG in February.
He can do it : win the Bundelsiga, win the Champions League – He will do it: win the Bundesliga and qualify the Blues for Euro 2024