There are just over two months left to the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This will be the first edition of history to be played in winter! There have been many controversies behind this award, but let’s focus on the many champions who will compete for the coveted trophy.
Excellent teams that failed to qualify include Chile and Colombia for South America, Momo Salah’s Egypt and Mahrez’s Algeria for Africa and Turkey, Sweden and Italy for Europe.
Resounding exclusion for the reigning European champions, eliminated at the last minute by North Macedonia in the play-offs in a match dominated by the Azzurri. This is because Jorginho missed two consecutive penalties (both first leg and second leg with Switzerland), as well as a 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland in Belfast.
The Italian people were baffled by what happened, no one could (and wanted to) believe it. This year, therefore, many will support the champions of their Serie A teams.
So, let’s see 5 potential Serie A strikers who could do well at the World Cup.
1) Dusan Vlahovic
Although he hasn’t even turned 23 yet, the forward who joined Juventus in January for over 70 million euros, is one of the jewels of the Italian Serie A and the Serbian national team.
Having entered the national team for about 2 years, he has scored 7 goals in 14 appearances.
But why is it worth so much? Just look at his numbers: 29 goals in 45 games last season, 20 of which in the first half in Florence.
His best qualities are his mighty physical strength, he is 190cm tall, and his powerful left-handed shot. This season it looks like he has added another skill to his abilities, the free kicks.
Yes, because of the four goals scored so far in four games, 2 have come directly from free kick.
He is the decisive man for Juventus, and I think that this season, in Serie A alone, he can score at least 20 goals.
Serbia was included in Group G together with Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon.
The outcome for the first place of the group seems almost obvious with Brazil in front of everyone, but for the second place the Serbian could have a good chance.
Other players to watch in Serbia are Luka Jovic (Fiorentina) and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio).
2) Tammy Abraham
For the second name, let’s move to the capital Rome, the yellow and red side.
In fact, it’s about Tammy Abraham. The former Chelsea striker appears to have found his natural habitat in Mourinho’s side.
After an initial period of acclimatization, the fans were often able to enjoy the “Tammy Time.”
With his 27 goals in 52 appearances, he was the top scorer of the season for his team. The 13 goals in 9 matches in the first edition of the UEFA Conference League won by Roma were especially crucial.
This year he composed he is playing alongside another talent that we will see later, Paulo Dybala.
The two complement each other perfectly and I think they can score at least 15 goals each.
In the national team so far, he has always started as second choice to Harry Kane, but it is not certain that the hierarchy cannot change, indeed despite this Abraham scored on average every 120 minutes with the jersey of the three lions.
Group B, where England was inserted, is pro-English with the presence of Wales and the USA as well as Iran.
England should have no problem getting through the group first and are among the favorites for the final win.
3) Lautaro Martinez
The Argentine is one of Inter’s beloved and strong players. He, too, born in 1997 like Abraham, is a certainty in terms of goals.
In the last three seasons with the neroazzurri he has scored no less than 20 goals. Last season even with 25 goals in 49 matches (just under one goal every two games).
This season the couple “LuLa” is reassembled again with Lautaro flanked by the giant Romelu Lukaku. In the previous two seasons together, they had scored 104 goals, 104 in 80 games together. Practically, with the two of them on the pitch, Inter already started with a goal ahead.
Both are expected to exceed 20 goals this season.
National chapter, Albiceleste have many quality strikers, but after the farewell of Kun Aguero, it is Lautaro who is the starter, always doing well, having the same scoring average as he has in the club.
As for the group, Argentina is part of group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Lewandowski’s Poland.
Just like England, Argentina is also among the candidates for victory if not the favorite as they are also the reigning South American Champions.
4) Paulo Dybala
We pass from one Argentine to another, Paulo Dybala.
As already mentioned before, Joya joined Roma after seven years with Juventus due to a tormented negotiation that did not go through for the renewal of the contract.
Dybala has an extraordinary talent but in recent seasons he has had several problems with regards to injuries. Despite this, he and a more arrested position always went into double figures (except in 2020 because he played little).
This season he seems to be doing well and has already scored an assist and 2 goals. The one against Monza is a true masterpiece with 50 meters of ball and chain.
That said, he is definitely a player to be reckoned with.
5) Romelu Lukaku
To finish, let us go back to Milan putting Romelu Lukaku in the spotlight.
The Belgian, after a not so exciting season at Tuchel’s court, did everything to return to Italy.
The statistics of the previous experience at Inter are frightening, two seasons of over 30 goals with an average of one goal every 130 minutes.
In the national team he is the record holder for goals scored (68) in 109 appearances. In this group stage, the Devils will have to contend with the outgoing runners-up of Croatia, Morocco and Canada.
Also, to keep an eye on is the new signing and from Milan and little gem Charles De Ketelaere.
That said, I think targeting Lukaku or Lautaro Martinez as far as the top scorer is concerned might be a clever idea. Both are part of teams that have all the credentials to get to the bottom.
Betting on Abraham is a slightly riskier choice as, although he is part of England which is one of the favorites, it is not easy for him to always start as a starter.
For Paulo Dybala, on the other hand, it all depends on the position in which Scaloni will employ him in his Argentina. If he were to start second striker or even attacking midfielder, being top scorer would be complicated, for him I would bet more on some bets regarding goals from outside the area.
Finally, Dusan Vlahovic is Serbia’s key person. This national team, in my opinion, will surprise us positively but it remains to be seen if with fewer games available he will be able to score enough to be elected top scorer … Personally I would recommend playing him as a scorer in individual matches.