World Cup 2022: the World Cup of many twenties players
Using young players is always a "double-edged sword" at the World Cup. On the one hand, they lack international experience and lack cohesion with the other players. But on the other hand, young players are also full of potential and unpredictability and are difficult to guess in terms of their playing style.
However, in the World Cup of 2022, because of the shortage of human resources, many coaches were forced to choose young players who could be alternatives for the injured players.
Hansi Flick, coach of the Germany team, which is famous for its conservatism, has decided to call up four players under the age of 20 to attend the 2022 World Cup.
Coach Hansi Flick filled in for Moukoko, a 17-year-old Dortmund player, on the list of 26 players to go to Qatar. The main reason for his decision is that he did not have a better option than the player wearing No. 9 in the context that Timo Werner was injured and that Havertz and Thomas Muller were not in their best form in recent time.
Bella-Konchap, a 21-year-old center-back who has only played once for Germany before, also has a chance to play at the World Cup as coach Hansi Flick did not have a reliable player to become Rudiger's partner in the defensive center.
Coach Hansi Flick is not the only one who puts faith in the stars in their twenties.
Belgium, a candidate for World Cup trophy, has called up six players aged 19 to 22, including Debast, Theate, De Ketelaere, Onana, Doku, and Openda.
Other bright candidates for the championship, like England, France, Portugal, or the Netherlands, also did not hesitate to call up 3–4 players in the U22 age group for the most special World Cup in history.
The French team, one of the teams that suffered the most serious loss of force, was also forced to use young players. With Kante and Pogba absent, the star duo of Camavinga and Tchouameni almost firmly hold the two main kick slots in the central midfield.
As for Argentina, the opportunity was given to Enzo Perez after Lo Celso retired from the World Cup with an injury.
In the 2022 World Cup, when the number of players attending increased from 23 to 26, coaches had more options for their squad, and they gave chances to many young players.
However, not every player had a chance to appear in the World Cup 2022 as an alternative for injured players. Many players solidify their position through their performance and become coaches' first choice.
Musiala (Germany) is an example. The "prodigy" of Germany showed an excellent performance at Bayern Munich this season. The star player for Bayern Munich possesses youth, creativity, and smart play. 10 goals and 7 assists after only 18 matches are very convincing numbers that the 19-year-old midfielder has accumulated since the beginning of the season. This is an achievement that no "teen" player has achieved in the German top division so far. The presence of Musiala is also an important factor for Germany. This star's graceful play will help Die Mannschaft's midfield become more versatile.Breakthrough situations and diverse finishing abilities will also be the weapons that Musiala brings to the 2022 World Cup.
Pedri (Spain) is another young player to watch in the World Cup 2022.The Barcelona midfielder is an important member of the national team. Since the beginning of the season, Pedri has played all 19 matches in all competitions for Barcelona, contributing 4 goals and 1 assist. The impressive achievement mentioned above will be the motivation for this player to confidently head towards the World Cup taking place in Qatar.
In addition, Vinicius JR (Brazil), Bukayo Saka (England), and Eduardo Camavinga (France) are also among the promising young players in the World Cup 2022.
Everything has two sides. When star players are unable to give their all, the professional quality of the 2022 World Cup is called into question. In turn, it will be an opportunity for young men in their twenties to shine. Being patient and working hard may be the key to helping young players gain the opportunities that appear in the official squad when their seniors face the problem of physical exhaustion in the 2022 World Cup.