Journalist picks top three young players to watch at Qatar World Cup 2022

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Journalist Alex Barker has named the three youngsters you should be keeping an eye out for during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar over the next month.

The tournament starts today (20 November) when hosts Qatar face Ecuador, and while a host of top names are missing through injury there are still plenty of quality players taking part in the tournament.

Speaking exclusively to The Football Wonderkids, Barker shared the three players he thinks could really make a name for themselves during the tournament.

“The first would be Sebastian Szymanski,” he said.

“He plays for Poland and Feyenoord. He’s already got a handful of assists in the Eredivisie. He’s been at Dynamo Moscow. He would be one.

“The other two I had were Zeno Debast who is a Belgian defender. They’ve called up Alderweireld and Vertonghen, the old Tottenham duo who are playing into their late 30’s, but they just haven’t got the pace anymore that you need if you want to play a high line.

“Zeno Debast is a 19-year-old who plays for Anderlecht. Played 16 times this season in the league, he’s quite a competent defender and he’s started recent games for Belgium, so I think he’s definitely one who could have a good tournament.

“The other one is Jesper Lindstrom, who most people know him by now the Frankfurt forward. He’s handy with both feet and he’s got 20 goals and assists in the Bundesliga since the start of last season, so Denmark are really going to enjoy him.”

Poland open their campaign against Mexico on Tuesday (22 November), while Belgium face Canada (23 November) and Denmark face Tunisia (22 November) in their opening games of the tournament.

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