Connect with us

Opinions

Talent Radar | Top 10 Best Young Players at the World Cup: #8 Xherdan Shaqiri


As the World Cup draws to a close and teams, players, coaches, pundits & fans alike reflect on what was and what could have been, we at Outside of the Boot under our Talent Radar feature recognise the best young players at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The eligibility criteria for this list are all those players who were 21 and below at the start of the 2013/14 season (taken as June 1st 2013).


 

Shaqiri World Cup Talent (1)

What was expected of him? Among the many Talent Radar players in Ottmar Hitzfeld’s squad, Shaqiri was a standout performer and had his place solidly booked in the starting XI. The Bayern man was expected to shine on this stage after having a quite season in the Bundesliga.

How did he perform? Much weight was placed on Shaqiri’s shoulders to carry the Swiss forward. Their campaign began against an Ecuador side that wasn’t exactly a push over. Shaqiri was placed on the right wing, with the intension to utilize his strength as well as his capability to cut in and shoot. Early on in the game, Shaqiri’s quick feet and speed saw him push through on an effort that tested Alexander Dominguez. The game saw Shaqiri quiet for most of the time with his contribution notable but limited. A floated in corner by Shaqiri which was met my Behrami as well as a shot into the side netting counted as his only significant involvement that seemed to threaten the Ecuador side. Despite not putting forth his best performance in his national outfit, Shaqiri still managed to bag the Man of the Match award. This was largely down to Hitzfeld’s brilliance who in the second half shifted Shaqiri to a central position which saw the ex-Basel man excellently bring players into the game. Not a full deserved man of the match award, but certainly an improved performance from the first half.

The second match of Switzerland’s World Cup campaign saw France take them apart before two late strikes proved nothing but a consolation. Shaqiri once again had dipped below his expectations but his relatively disappointing performance shouldn’t be singled out as it was the whole fielded XI that failed to get a grasp on the game. The game did create a chance for Shaqiri when Xhaka took a shot from distance which was saved. The rebound fell to Shaqiri whose shot on goal was denied by the French captain once again.

The final group stage game saw the Swiss face Honduras. The match saw a more in-control Swiss side as they went on to win 3-0, with all three goals contributed by Xherdan Shaqiri. The opening goal marked Shaqiri’s first at a FIFA World Cup. The goal was a spectacular one, with play involving a text book movement of an inverted winger. Shaqiri proceeded to cut in from the right before getting the better of two defenders and finishing off with a long range curler that struck the underside of the bar. Honduras were unable to keep up with the Bayern man as he got on the other end of a Drmic pass before placing the ball into the bottom right corner. A third goal, with much credit due to Drmic, saw Shaqiri side foot the ball into the back of the net to complete his hattrick, which was the second one the tournament saw. A complete performance saw him win the Man of the Match award for the second time in the group stages.

The Round of 16 game saw Argentina knock out the Swiss in heart-breaking fashion. Shaqiri’s presence was rare at first but slowly grew as the game aged. After managing to get the better of his marker, he ran through to the attacking third before cutting back to Xhaka to provide an excellent chance for the Europeans to break the deadlock. Shaqiri was seen once again early on in the second half in a supplying mood as he made his way down the wing before passing it back to Drmic, whose effort proved wasteful.

Watching Shaqiri in this World Cup showed some of his best traits, his ability to beat his marker, awareness to cut back and pass, cut in and shoot, long range strikes as well as composure. For a player that young, Shaqiri does have a more matured mentality. Given his surroundings at Bayern as well as performing at the World Cup, we can see that he can play at a big stage as well as under pressure. More game time at club level could see this young talent show his true ability and showcase his talent at much more frequent intervals.

More from Talent Radar: Shaqiri has featured on Outside of the Boot’s Talent Radar list of Top 25 Young Players to watch at the World Cup, placed at #11. He has also made it to the Talent Radar Team of the Week in the third week of February for his performance with Bayern.

What does the future hold for him in the national team? It is quite evident that with his talent and maturity, Shaqiri will be an integral part of the Swiss national team for years to come. Alongside plenty of players in and about the same age, Shaqiri and this Swiss side could put a stronger foot forth in many tournaments to come. Already playing at a club with high standards, Shaqiri will be able to translate the experience of playing on a big stage to his national team.

Other players in the list: #10 Memphis Depay | #9 Ahmed Musa | #7 Paul Pogba | #6 Kevin De Bruyne | #5 Joel Campbell | #4 Ricardo Rodriguez | #3 Raphael Varane | #2 Neymar | #1 James Rodriguez


TalentRadar Twitter New

100 to Watch

Latest

Talent Radar1 hour ago

Superliga Argentina’s 10 Young Players to Watch in 2017-18

Tom Robinson lists out the 10 young players to watch in the 2017-18 Superliga Argentina season The Argentinian Primera, in...

Talent Radar12 hours ago

Talent Radar 2017-18 Young Players’ Team of the Week #1: Christian Pulisic & Kurt Zouma feature

Sami Faizullah compiles the Talent Radar Young Players' Team of the Week across Europe's top seven leagues.

Talent Radar2 days ago

La Liga’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18

Tom Canton lists out the 10 young players to watch in the 2017-18 La Liga season, who could have a...

Tactical Analysis4 days ago

Tactical Analysis: Juventus 2-3 Lazio | Simone Inzaghi exposes Juventus’ 4-2-3-1 weaknesses

Cheuk Hei Ho writes a detailed tactical analysis about the Italian Super Cup final that finished Juventus 2-3 Lazio

Tactical Analysis4 days ago

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City | Attacking Patterns & Transitions

Kaushik Goswami writes a detailed tactical analysis about the Premier League opener that finished Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Talent Radar5 days ago

Premier League’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18

William Sinsky brings you 10 players that could enjoy breakthrough campaigns in the Premier League this season. It’s back. The...

Tactical Analysis5 days ago

Tactical Analysis: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona | Real’s Pressing Excellence

Om Arvind writes a detailed tactical analysis about the Spanish Super Cup second leg that finished Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona...

Talent Radar6 days ago

Serie A’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18

Simone Torricini brings you 10 players that could enjoy breakthrough campaigns in the Serie A this season. The Under-20 World...

Tactical Analysis6 days ago

Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 4-0 West Ham | Fluidity and exploitation

Ryan Quinn writes a detailed tactical analysis about the Premier League game that finished Manchester United 4-0 West Ham Following the signings...

Talent Radar2 weeks ago

Eredivisie’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18

Mosope Ominiyi brings you 10 players that could enjoy breakthrough campaigns in the Eredivisie this season. Justin Kluivert // Ajax...

Talent Radar2 weeks ago

Primeira Liga’s 10 Young Breakthrough Players to Watch in 2017-18

Jose Miguel Saraiva brings you 10 players that could enjoy breakthrough campaigns in the Primeira Liga this season.

Scout Report2 weeks ago

Scout Report: Ainsley Maitland-Niles | Arsenal’s Versatile Prospect

Mosope Ominiyi provides a detailed scout report on Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Arsenal’s versatile prospect. Arsene Wenger announced that along with 17-year-old winger...

Specials2 weeks ago

Lazio’s Golden Age: The Sergio Cragnotti Era

Football News 24/7  Sam McKeever has a look back at Lazio’s golden era in the 90’s under the ownership of Sergio...

Opinions2 weeks ago

Analysis: Why Nemanja Matic could be Manchester United’s most important signing

Kaushik Goswami has a look at why Nemanja Matic could be Manchester United’s most important signing. Having already lured Romelu...

Opinions3 weeks ago

Monaco’s Moves: Why the Football World should pay attention

While the football world is focused on the players being sold by Monaco, Alex Lynch has a look at how...

Scout Report3 weeks ago

Scout Report: Joel Pereira | Manchester United’s Agile Goalkeeper

Mateus Carvalho provides a comprehensive scout report on Joel Pereira, Manchester United’s agile goalkeeper. At the end of the last season, José...

Talent Radar3 weeks ago

Talent Radar: CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 | U-23 Team of the Tournament

Football News 24/7  Jose Miguel Saraiva gives us his U-23 Team of the recently concluded CONCACAF Gold Cup featuring the...

Opinions3 weeks ago

Blindside Movements And Mental Overloads: Breaking Down Maurizio Sarri’s Tactics

Cheuk Hei Ho breaks down Maurizio Sarri’s tactics at Napoli looking at how the Italian giants use passing, blindside movements,...

Opinions4 weeks ago

Bayern Munich: What’s their game plan?

Alankrith Shankar writes a detailed article of how we can expect Bayern Munich to set up in the 2017-18 season....

Scout Report4 weeks ago

Scout Report: Juan Foyth | Estudiantes’ Ball-Playing Defender

Kaustubh Pandey provides a detailed scout report about Juan Foyth, Estudiantes’ ball-playing defender. Argentina has, since time immemorial, been a...

Talent Radar Award History

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Young Player Rankings 16-17

More on Outside of the Boot