Candidates for the best young player award at the FIFA 2018 World Cup

5) Hirving Lozano (Mexico)

“Chucky” Lozano first came to limelight in the Confederations Cup, when he created havoc with his mesmerising runs demonstrating the well known potential he has. Since receiving his first call-up for the national side in 2016, Lozano hasn’t looked back. He has become a mainstay for both club and country. His fine form already has some of top European clubs chasing his signature. Man City reportedly came close earlier however Lozano chose to move to PSV, in order to gain some valuable experience. The move has done wonders as he was crucial in PSV’s run to the title, scoring 17 goals in 29 league appearances. One for the future, Lozano has the right stage to announce himself to the football world.

4) Davinson Sanchez (Colombia)

The Colombian international was impressive in the 2016-17 season for Ajax, where he also won the Player of the year for the Dutch club. His fine performances earned him a mega-money move to Spurs. In North London, Sanchez enjoyed a steady first season slotting in at Toby Alderweireld’s position without making much news. The defender has shown his capabilities with the ball as well which will be a vital asset for Jose Peckerman’s squad as they gear up for what is going to be an exciting tournament for Colombia. With Falcao now back in the fold, Colombia possess star in each department and will be looking to make a huge impact after impressing in Brazil four years ago.

3) Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has at times shown his talent, becoming another of players to be promoted by Arsene Wenger. However, as good as he has been, he has also had horrible performances which have angered sections of the Gunners’ faithful. At 22, Iwobi is Nigeria’s main attacking threat and will have a host of fans depending on him for inspiration. Moreover, Nigeria’s group mean that the eagles need to be at their absolute best to stand any chance of qualifying. If the young Arsenal man is able to impress at the world cup, he might just warrantee a starting place in Emery’s XI next season.

2) Kylian Mbappe (France)

Already one of the best attacking players in the world, the French sensation Kylian Mbappe now has the chance to make a name for himself on the grandest stage as well. Against all odds, Mbappe enjoyed a fantastic season with PSG after making a mega money move from Monaco. Playing from the right, Mbappe combined brilliantly with Neymar and Cavani. The Frenchman has show maturity beyond his age, which makes him a daunting prospect given his young age. Mbappe has already left the likes of Martial, Lacazette on the bench for Les Blues and the World cup presents a golden opportunity to make the starting place his own permanently.

  1. Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

Coming on the back off winning the Premier league with Manchester City, in a campaign which saw the Citizens achieved a record 100 point mark, expectations will be huge from Jesus to make an everlasting impact for the Seleccao. Jesus had a remarkable campaign on an individual level as well scoring 20 goals in 39 games as Guardiola’s side took the football world by storm. Even more daunting is the prospect of watching Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho combine. Jesus’ fine movement and trickery make him an ideal forward, only a player of his quality could keep Firmino out of the starting XI. Unarguably one of Brazil’s best, Jesus has the chance of winning the Young Player award as well.