5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool & Senegal):
It was a surprising move when Liverpool decided to sign Mane from Southampton but the move has turned out very well for both the player and the club. Mane is one of Liverpool’s most important players as he has been constantly involved in the goals. He ended up the runner up in this year’s race for the African Player of the Year trophy which was won by his club teammate Mohamed Salah. He played a vital role in Senegal qualifying for the World Cup and will remain important for them in Russia too.
- Christian Eriksen (Tottenham & Denmark):
Eriksen has consistently been classy on the pitch but somehow hasn’t received the appreciation he deserves. His influence of the game is immense and with his versatility it only gets better. His goals during the qualification stage for Denmark were very vital as he continues to be their strongest source for creativity. Denmark will need him at his best during the World Cup in Russia this year.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium):
The former Chelsea man has arguably been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. He has been Pep Guardiola’s go-to man when City have desperately needed a difference maker. With his passing and creative abilities, De Bruyne is absolutely dangerous when on song. The Belgium squad has immense talent but the performance of Kevin De Bruyne remains the key to their success in the World Cup.
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt):
Salah has been the best signing of the season by a huge margin. He has been simply brilliant in front of the goal and hasn’t shied away from creating goals too. His contributions are of huge value to Liverpool and also for his country Egypt. His goals played a major role in Egypt qualifying for the World Cup especially his last minute penalty winner against Congo. He will surely be interesting to see when Egypt play in the World Cup this year.
- Harry Kane (Tottenham & England):
Kane has come a long way from being a “one-season wonder” and become one of the best strikers in the Premier League on a consistent basis. His contribution for Spurs cannot be explained in words as the Englishman has been nothing less than a goal-machine. He will be looked upon to do the same thing with the Three Lions as England desperately seek to perform well in the World Cup this year. With the kind of support he has around him, Kane can be considered in contention to contest for the Golden Boot in the tournament.