The 2022/23 season is fast approaching, and it promises to be an exciting one; being a World Cup year. Players will be eager to impress national team managers by putting in dazzling displays. This means that there are so many best football players to watch this season.
So many major transfers have happened so far, and the new signings will also like to prove themselves at their new clubs.
Other players will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing campaign in 2021/22.
In this article, TOP SOCCER BLOG brings you 10 of the best football players to keep your eyes on this season.
1. Lionel Messi
Although Messi doesn’t need to prove how good he is, he will like to kickstart his PSG career after a relatively disappointing debut season in France.
The Argentine will also like to show critics that he can thrive outside Barcelona.
With these motivations, do well to expect a beastly Lionel Messi this season. He will be motivated to help the Parisians lift the elusive Champions League title.
2. Robert Lewandowski
Since the departure of Lionel Messi last summer, Barcelona have struggled to find a star player with the same kind of appeal.
Should Lewa be in the kind of form he was at Bayern; then the El-Clasico will be attractive once again — with Lewandowski at Barca and Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.
3. Sadio Mane
Recently crowned African Player of the Year, Sadio Mane, moved to Bayern Munich this summer. And with the departure of Lewandowski, Mane is expected to lead Bayern’s attack in 2022/23.
As he is no longer in the shadow of his former teammate, Mohamed Salah, Sadio can now show the world what he is capable of when he is the ultimate star man. Definitely one of the most underrated African football legends right now, Sadio Mane is one other best football players to watch this season.
4. Darwin Nunez
Darwin Nunez joined Liverpool as the most expensive player in their history. The Uruguayan striker will be under pressure to justify the huge fee. Darwin Nunez joined Liverpool from Benfica for a reported club-record fee of £85m.
But with the presence of Salah and other established attackers, the burden of scoring goals won’t be much on him, and he will have enough time to settle down.
The last Uruguayan to arrive at Anfield amid such fanfare was Luis Suarez, and what a player he was!
Darwin will be looking to emulate his compatriot in Merseyside.
5. Raheem Sterling
Chelsea missed the presence of a reliable goalscorer last season as Romelu Lukaku terribly flopped.
This summer, Lukaku was moved on (loaned to Inter Milan), and Raheem Sterling has been brought in to lead Chelsea’s wonderful group of young attackers.
Now 27, Sterling has gained much experience after a successful period at Man City and will like to take his game to the next level at Stamford Bridge.
He will also be eyeing a place in England’s squad to be World Cup.
6. Gabriel Jesus
The arrival of Erling Haaland at Manchester City saw Gabriel Jesus depart to Arsenal.
Arsenal have missed a reliable striker after losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and will be banking on Jesus to start firing on all cylinders at the Emirates Stadium.
Having worked with Mikel Arteta at Man City coupled with his Premier League experience, Gabriel Jesus won’t need much adaptation period.
Jesus also needs to secure a place in the Brazilian squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
7. Erling Haaland
The arrival of Haaland at Man City has seen the club sell Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
Although he arrived on a modest fee, all eyes will be on Haaland whether he can replicate his Borussia Dortmund form in the Premier League.
The Norwegian striker will be expected to hit the ground running.
After a spectacular season with Leeds United, Raphinha was sought-after by many of the top European clubs.
However, the Brazilian chose to join Spanish giants Barcelona. The Catalan club paid a hefty €65m to secure the services of the winger.
That amount of money is reasonable considering the talent and potential that Raphinha possesses. The skillful forward is undoubtedly one of the best football players to watch this season.
9. Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid has been a disaster so far, with injuries also plaguing him in Spain.
He has lost his spot in the starting eleven, and the club did well without him last season.
With the World Cup in mind and now free of injuries, Hazard might make a comeback this season.
10. Matthijs de Ligt
Having come through at Ajax at a very young age, much was expected of Matthijs de Ligt.
A transfer to Juventus did not go well as it coincided with the club’s decline. Juve’s overall struggles inhibited de Ligt.
Which was why he pushed for a transfer this summer, and he finally got his wish when Bayern Munich paid €75m for his services.
In Germany, Matthijs de Ligt can now show his full potential.
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