After the group stage, many players say goodbye to us, who have told us enough when we knew little about them before starting: Spiranovic, Paredes, García, Darmian, Ghoochannejhad o Shatov, but we will still highlight them a 2 players already eliminated. Also in Hanging Up for Soccer we will also discover others 3 Players who have surprised us in the waiting room of the Mata-Mata.
Muhamed Besic – Bosnia y Herzegovina – 21 years - Ferencvaros TC
Of the few outstanding players in the poor performance of the Balkan team, Susic placed him as a defensive pivot to keep Pjanic's back, when in the Magyar League his best performance had been as central. With a neat enough technique to play so late, does not usually abuse hard play to steal balls, but does so almost always in advance.
Despite not having a lot of height, it is positioned quite well and does not lose many aerial duels in the midfield battle.. Born in Berlin but raised in the Hamburg quarry, it has been this year when it has stood out in the historical Hungarian, rumors of his possible departure to the league more powerful this summer have already come out, one of the ones that sounds the most is his possible arrival at Celta.
Morgan Schneiderlin - Francia - 24 years old - Southampton FC
Perhaps they were his only minutes in this World Cup but he left us a performance that defines him perfectly, as a defensive pivot he exhibited a good position, ability to steal balls and its best virtue, ease in the pass to give a lot of speed to the game. It was not complicated when he had the ball, at first I was looking for Sagna or Digne, on the side or leaned on the interiors with short walls to cross rival lines.
Surprised his call replacing the injured Grenier, but Deschamps knew that he would need a reliable substitute for Cabaye and no one better than the Alsatian for this position.. Raised in the Strasbourg quarry, Southampton signed him with just 3 matches in Ligue 1. He gradually molded him in his magnificent academy until he became one of the best pivots in the Premier League, deserves a transfer to one of the great English.
Josip Drmic - Suiza - 21 years - Bayer Leverkusen
It started like him 9 Helvetian on the first day, but his poor performance and Seferovic's last goal sent him to the bench in the humiliating defeat against France. Hitzfeld trusted again for the final that the Swiss played against Honduras and the Croatian-Swiss did not disappoint him, Although he did not stand out in the scoring facet, he did contribute two assists to Shaqiri's hat-trick..
Especially excellent was the second, more for the double bicycle with which he got rid of the catracho defender than for the pass itself. It has exploded this year at the Nürnberg with 17 goals which has earned him a transfer to a club that aspires to higher levels, Bayer Leverkusen.
Christian Atsu – Ghana – 22 years - Vitesse Arnhem
Of all the offensive arsenal that have excelled in the black stars (Gyan, Ayew o Asamoah) is the least unknown of all, but this World Cup has been able to revalue him. Always starting from the left wing, he has unbalanced many of the good rival defenses to look for the centers that Gyan finished off or those that would come from the second line.
The few minutes he has played in his natural position, right wing, He has not been able to do what has characterized him all year in the Eredivisie, trim inward always looking for the shot with his good left-handed leg. He belongs to Chelsea who has transferred this year to his satellite team in the Eredivisie, the Vittesse, his correct season in Holland is not going to help him make a place for himself in London, but if to have a transfer to a superior team.
Islam Slimani - Argelia - 26 years - Sporting CP
The great Algerian hero thanks to his goal against Russia, which has given the North African country its first presence in the final rounds of a World Cup. He already stood out on the second day against the Koreans, with a goal and an assist, taking advantage of his great physique to intimidate the Asian centrals. Against Russia a little more had to come out of its natural habitat, the area, and showed that he knows how to associate well with the talented Algerian half-pointers.
Then he asserted his passing game, and Akinfeev's serious mistake, to score the tying goal that unleashed madness in the Maghreb country. Of the few Algerians who have been born in African territory, that's why it took so long for him to make the leap to European football, but he has already stood out this year in the Zon Sagres League and his role in this World Cup has made a place for him in the scouts' agendas.