5) Thibaut Courtois
The shotstopper has already seen a lot in his young career having featured for Atletico, where he unexpectedly won the La Liga title, lost the Champions league final and came back to Chelsea, where he has since won 2 league titles under 2 different managers. The past season for Courtois was Chelsea’s season in a nutshell, marred by inconsistency. For Courtois, talks of a transfer have been ongoing for a while and might just turn out to be true. The World Cup, in such a case, will be an incredible opportunity to once again remind the world why he is so highly rated by everyone. Get all the latest World Cup free bets here.
4) Vincent Kompany
The Manchester City captain deserves massive accolades for his spirit this season. After recurring injuries, Kompany’s career looked set for an early end; however, the Belgian never gave up and enjoyed a season where he managed 17 premier league appearances, which considering his injury record has been nothing less than a milestone. A true leader of men, Kompany might just provide the leadership skills Belgium have been missing in major tournaments.
3) Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku, despite severe doubts about his ability to perform for a club like United, had an incredible campaign. Taking the step up is never easy for any player but Lukaku scored goals for fun in the early part of his United campaign. While his form did suffer a dip for sometime, Lukaku became the focal point of United’s attacks and looked a completely different side without their star striker, as was evident in the FA Cup final. Lukaku’s physicality and pace will once again prove decisive as Belgium’s golden generation hope to make an impact this time around.
2) Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne had a campaign of a lifetime, virtually taking apart every single opposition with his pinpoint crossing and through balls. What was even more impressive about De Bruyne’s season was his incredible work-rate. Playing deeper than before, De Bruyne had to do more running than ever and even had the task of winning the ball back, which he did with great aplomb. The best players make the difference in the biggest games and that is exactly what De Bruyne did throughout the last campaign. Capping the 2017-18 season with a World Cup alongside a Premier league title would be cherry on the icing for the Manchester City man.
The Chelsea man is by far Belgium’s best hope of making it to the final. On his day, Hazard can be mesmerising to watch. The way he wriggles past players is a joy to watch and luckily for the Belgians, Hazard’s levels have never dropped be it for the national side or Chelsea. The attacker is easily among the top 10 players in the world and therefore it is no wonder that he has been linked with a move away from Chelsea, after the Blues once again failed to qualify for the Champions league. Nevertheless, Hazard had a fine campaign, playing in a free role behind the target man, something similar to what he can expect to be playing at given Lukaku’s attributes.