The World Cup is approaching the end of the group stage, with the second round of matches already underway, and it has given rise to some exciting players. It is not like they were unknown, but their performances in Qatar have thrown them back in the spotlight. For clubs who may be interested in the services of these players, they know they will have to fight for them, as their values just went up.
The biggest surprise so far has been from Saudi Arabia and Japan. The two teams have shocked the world by beating two of the highest-ranked sides in the world. In their squad, it is difficult to point to a standout player as their performance was exemplary. It has made the world take notice.
A few players have already written their names in gold. Enner Valencia is currently the top scorer at the Mundial with three goals. The Ecuadorian striker has quietly stolen the headlines, but another player hugging the spotlight is the Netherlands forward Coady Gakpo. In the two appearances Gakpo has made, he has been excellent.
It seems Coady Gakpo is worth the hype. The young Dutch forward has given everyone reason to believe he is worth every penny ascribed to his value. Perhaps before the World Cup, there were doubts over his abilities, but the young man is on the world stage confounding his doubters.
In the 1-1 draw with Ecuador, Gakpo scored a sublime goal. The PSV striker scored the first goal of the match after five minutes.It is the second time he has scored at Qatar. It was another massive moment for the young sensation, with 33 goal contributions for club and country.
There are accolades for Gakpo from several quarters, with former West Ham striker Dean Ashton heaping praises on him. According to Ashton, Gakpo is a young player at the top of his game. He has a lot of confidence after scoring against Senegal. Of his second goal of the tournament, Ashton said it was past the goalkeeper before he even thought of making a move to save it.
A few clubs are interested in signing the 23-year-old striker, with Manchester United leading the pack. The Red Devils dilly-dallied over signing the young man in the summer when they could have gotten him cheap. With the performances by the PSV striker at the World Cup, Man United will face more competition for his signature.
Gakpo is in his fifth season of senior team football after breaking through at his boyhood club. Born in Eindhoven, Gakpo continues to develop at a rapid pace. He has attracted the attention of countryman and Manchester United manager of Erik Ten Hag. The Dutch manager is highly impressed following his solid performance at the Mundial. Reports suggest that Southampton is also interested in the forward.
Portuguese football insider Pedro Almeida recently tweeted that Gakpo would be a Manchester United player in January. Gakpo could leave PSV Eindhoven soon, but he will no longer come cheap as his stock has risen following his fantastic displays in their first two games.