World Cup 2018
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The World Cup oftentimes provides a platform for relatively unknown players to propel themselves to the summit of the football world.

Think back to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. James Rodriguez, became a household name following his stellar performances for Colombia. He earned himself a move to European heavyweights Real Madrid before embarking on the next chapter of his career with the equally prestigious Bayern Munich.

This year’s competition will likely mark the birth of more superstars, and Chelsea ought to be getting poised to pounce ahead of their competitors.

We’ve picked three players who could make a name for themselves at Russia 2018 that Chelsea should be keeping an eye on.

Timo Werner

Timo Werner
Germany international Timo Werner has scored 37 goals in 61 appearances for RB Leipzig.

Timo Werner has scored 37 goals in 61 appearances for RB Leipzig, which are commendable numbers for a 21-year-old playing in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues.

Werner has also found the back of the net seven times in his first ten appearances for the German national team. He’s almost certain to be in Joachim Löw’s squad for the competition, and if he continues that electric goalscoring form, he could play a considerable role in his country’s defence of the trophy.

Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio has shown his quality since joining up with the Real Madrid first-team.

Marco Asensio is considered one of the most promising young players on the planet. He has continually bagged incredible goals for Real Madrid since being promoted to Los Blancos’ first-team – but has struggled to nail down a starting spot in the side.

Zinedine Zidane, while recognising Asensio’s star quality, has opted to accommodate higher-profile players ahead of the young Spaniard.

If he is able to replicate his best performance level in Russia, a club like Chelsea may well look to secure his services in order to give him a chance to fulfil his superstar potential.

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you will be at least vaguely familiar with the brilliance of Lyon mastermind Nabil Fekir.

Fekir has already showcased his frightening potential to the world, and despite spending eight months watching from the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, he’s still on track to become one of the world’s best.

A World Cup campaign with France could be exactly what he needs to reach the top, and Chelsea should be the team to benefit from it.

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