The Stars that The EPL Would Love to See

It’s time to forget about the over-rated and much hyped Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and co. This World Cup has brought us a new generation of heroes – players who can actually cut it on the biggest stage.

Lets take a look at 10 World Cup stars who have shone in South Africa that the Premier League would love to see week in week out.

LUIS SUAREZ


Although the Ajax skipper’s reputation has been tarnished by his ‘Hand of God’ antics against Ghana, there’s no doubt his actions on the pitch have impressed.The striker, 23, bagged 49 goals in 48 games for his club last season and has featured in all five of Uruguay’s matches, netting a further three times.

KEISUKE HONDA

A year ago Honda, 24, was turning out for Dutch minnows VVV Venlo but following his four games – and two goals – for Japan, he is now rated as one of the best midfielders in the world. Ohh please maybe in Japan

ROBERT VITTEK

In Slovakia’s first-ever World Cup finals, Vittek produced a huge shock by becoming the tournament’s top scorer for a time and scoring the goals which knocked out holders Italy in the process. Though unwanted at his current club Lille and is unlikely to return to Ankaragucu in Turkey where he has been on loan. Such a player in limbo who could be a real bargain.

ASAMOAH GYAN

Don’t let Gyan’s penalty miss distract from what has been a wonderful tournament for the Stade Rennes forward. Bagged 13 goals in the French top flight before heading to South Africa – and becoming a hero in his native Ghana. Had this punk scored the spot kick against Uruguay it would have sent Ghana into the semi-finals for the first time.

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DIEGO FORLAN (URUGUAY)

Games: 4.
Minutes played: 360.
Goals: 2.
Attack stats: Both his goals have come against African sides.

Like Klose, he loves the World Cup. Even back in 2002 when he was a laughing stock in England because of his troubles in front of goal with Manchester United, Forlan found that this tournament suited him. Forlan remains the talisman, taking the penalties, the free-kicks and even the corners.

A thoroughly nice guy, too. It’s hard not to feel pleased for him.

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ENRIQUE VERA (PARAGUAY)

Games: 4.
Minutes played: 388.
Goals: 1.
Attack stats: Paraguay has won every time Vera scores for his country.

Having spent all of his 12-year professional career in Southern and Central America, Vera is not exactly a household name in Europe but at home in Paraguay the 31-year-old playmaker is being credited with being the brains behind his country’s surprising passage to the last eight.

As you may have noticed, Paraguay are not exactly the most exciting team in this World Cup. But watch Vera play and you will see the intelligence of his football and the way that he is going some way to compensating for the poor form of their usual talisman, Manchester City’s Roque Santa Cruz.

ARJEN ROBBEN (HOLLAND)

Games: 2.
Minutes played: 88.
Goals: 1.
Attack stats: Holland have won 11 of the 12 matches in which Robben has scored, drawing with Germany in the other.

The man who took Bayern Munich to the Champions League final almost single-handedly came late to this tournament as he was once again struck down by injury.

Since his arrival as a substitute in Holland’s final group game against Cameroon, however, he has made a sublime and memorable impact. The amazing thing about the former Chelsea winger is that he seems to have one stock party trick… and nobody seems to be able to stop it. Receiving the ball wide — on either flank — he will cut inside on a diagonal course and strike vicious shots with his left foot.