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07/06/2010 10:16, Report by Sheridan Bird
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World Cup: ones to watch

Keep your Red head on during the World Cup by scouting future OT stars. Here are five young guns that could potentially make the grade, and are well worth watching...

LUIS SUAREZ


Position: Striker Age: 23 Club: Ajax National team: Uruguay
Availability: Ajax are accustomed to selling their crown jewels, and a move looks probable
Verdict: At first glance Luis Suarez has great credentials. He'll spearhead Uruguay's attack at the World Cup (alongside former Red Diego Forlan) and is captain of Ajax. In 2009/10 he scored 35 goals in 34 league games for the four-times European champions and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. But Suarez isn't just a poacher. His versatility is one of the reasons he's thrived at the Amsterdam Arena. In 2008/09 he played on the right side of an attacking trident, this year he has appeared on both sides of a front three or with a partner in a 4-4-2. Suarez is a sinuous dribbler, extremely fast and an expert finisher. His ability to beat his man has made him a fans’ favourite. As befitting a player who has operated in the ‘trequartista’ role in the hole behind the strikers, the South American also has excellent vision. Still only 23, Suarez has his best years ahead of him - and if he has any questions about United life he need only ask Forlan.

GERVINHO
Position: Striker Age: 22 Club: Lille National team: Ivory Coast
Availability: The French league isn't big enough to hold on to Gervinho much longer
Verdict: We might not like to dwell on it, but Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has given United real problems over the years. That might be incentive enough to splash out on Drogba’s protégé, 22-year-old Gervais Yao Kouassi, known as Gervinho. The Lille attacker has learned well playing alongside Drogba in the Ivory Coast team. Gervinho is versatile, flourishing on the right of an attacking trio, or as a centre-forward. He has the muscle to bounce defenders out of the way and is a deadly finisher. Any doubts about the forward’s pedigree in continental club football evaporated after five Europa League goals in seven appearances last season.

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