With the World Cup kicking off and all of the teams announced some of the stronger nations have had to make some hard choices with their selections. France boast one of the strongest squads at the tournament and with their odds for World Cup 2018 sitting at 13/2 they are one of the favourites. However they’ve managed to leave 5 players at home who would walk in to the squads of most other nations.
Club: Arsenal (Premier League)
Appearances (all competitions): 38
Whilst Lacazette hasn’t been at his free-flowing best in an under-performing Arsenal side, he’s got the natural ability to score goals, and lots of them. Managing a goal every other game in his first season in England is not an easy task and he would likely walk into any other starting 11.
Club: Machester United (Premier League)
Appearances (all competitions): 45
Anthony Martial has been in and out of a pretty negative Manchester United team so whilst he’s shown glimpses of his obvious talent, it’s not quite worked out for him so far. Most other nations would have taken him, France have the luxury of being picky.
Club: Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1)
Appearances (all competitions): 20
With France’s other top left-back, Benjamin Mendy, being out all season you would have expected Kurzawa to have taken his place at the World Cup. Mendy was only passed fit to play in the last few minutes of the Premier League campaign and yet France have decided to take him anyway, leaving this world-class defender to watch the action from home.
Club: Marseille (Ligue 1)
Appearances (all competitions): 46
Whilst he might not be adored in East London anymore, nobody can doubt the ability that Dimitri Payet possesses. He almost single handedly took an average Marseille team to the Europa League Final before getting injured and ruling himself out of the World Cup. He would have almost certainly been on the plane with the ability to score goals like this.
Club: Manchester City (Premier League)
Appearances (all competitions): 13
Aymeric Laporte was snapped up by Manchester City after a few years bossing the Spanish League for a couple of years and he was slowly introduced to the English game. He’s undoubtedly talented but with the plethora of options available to France, he didn’t quite make the cut.
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After again missing out on a spot in the play-offs this past Championship campaign, and subsequently furthering their long-standing stay below the dizzy heights of the Premier League, Leeds United are expected to strengthen this summer.
In the summer transfer window, the Yorkshire club are reportedly set to splash the cash in a bid to finally boost their chances of making a welcome return to the top-flight of English football after the 2019/20 season.
Leeds could only manage to finish in the bottom half of the table last term, having to settle for a highly disappointing 13th position, despite a bright start to proceedings in the second tier.
In light of that less-than-promising finish, Leeds are expected to delve into the market for some fresh faces in their squad. With the 2018 World Cup in Russia soon kicking off, there's plenty of potential new arrivals on show.
So here are three stars of the upcoming World Cup on Russian soil that Leeds could swoop for this summer to bolster their ranks.
Bryan Oviedo (Costa Rica)
Leeds are in need of a left back and experienced Sunderland wideman Bryan Oviedo could potentially be the man to fill up that slot on the left side of defence.
Following the Black Cats' relegation to the third tier of English football last season, the Costa Rica international is one of many stars who will likely depart Wearside in the coming months. So why not a move to Elland Road?
The now 28-year-old will hope to enjoy some success in the group stages with his nation this summer, and Costa Rica are regarded as promising 7/2 outsiders in the 2018 World Cup betting predictions to come out on top against Serbia in their tournament opener on June 17th.
Jackson Irvine (Australia)
Next up is a goalscoring midfielder in the form of Australia international Jackson Irvine, who faced a close call to a daunting drop down divisions last term with Hull City.
He was a key aspect of the Tigers narrowly avoiding relegation and he will now be seeking ventures new after attracting the eye of some Premier League clubs, if reports are to be believed.
Leeds would do extremely well to convince the Australia midfielder, now only 25 years of age, to remain in the Championship and sign on at Elland Road.
Kamil Grosicki (Poland)
Another experienced international heading for the World Cup next, Poland winger Kamil Grosicki is another possible option for the Lilly Whites this summer.
The former Rennes wideman was another Hull City star who endured a frustrating campaign with the club and is searching for a new opportunity elsewhere.
That could come in the form of a switch to Leeds, who are in need of an attacking boost in their wide areas for the new campaign. His possible arrival would see the side's options of Hadi Sacko and Pawel Cibicki bolstered, with his experience being a potentially beneficial factor for the Yorkshire outfit.
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