Qatar 2022: Five international newcomers pushing for a late World Cup berth

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In
Europe,
the
Nations
League
offers
competitive
action
in
the
build-up
to
Qatar
2022,
while
teams
elsewhere
will
face
friendlies.

With
a
mid-season
window
and
just
one
break
before
the
action
commences
in
November,
it
presents
a
challenge
for
any
new
faces
to
establish
themselves
in
their
international
side
before
the
squad
for
the
World
Cup
is
selected.

Some
have
been
handed
glorious
opportunities
though
and
Stats
Perform
has
assessed
some
of
the
newcomers.


Ivan
Toney

England’s
main
striker
role
is
nailed
down
by
skipper
Harry
Kane
but
the
role
of
understudy
is
a
competitive
one
with
the
likes
of
Callum
Wilson,
Tammy
Abraham
and
Ollie
Watkins
having
earned
opportunities

and
Ivan
Toney
is
the
latest
to
join
that
list.

Quickly
settling
into
life
in
the
Premier
League,
Toney
netted
12
goals
for
Brentford
in
their
inaugural
campaign
last
season
but
has
hit
new
heights
in
2022,
scoring
13
goals
this
calendar
year.

Toney
doesn’t
just
offer
goals,
though,
as
he
has
also
contributed
seven
assists
since
August
2021,
totalling
24
goal
involvements
(17
goals,
7
assists)
in
that
period,
with
Kane
(31)
the
only
English
player
to
have
more
in
the
Premier
League.

This
season,
Toney
has
five
goals
and
two
assists
for
Brentford,
with
a
tally
of
seven
goal
involvements
only
bettered
by
Erling
Haaland
(12)
in
the
Premier
League.


Nico
Williams

Brother
of
Inaki
Williams,
capped
once
by
Spain
in
a
friendly
before
switching
allegiances
to
Ghana,
20-year-old
Nico
Williams
has
been
handed
a
chance
by
Luis
Enrique,
who
insists
the
decision
is
not
to
ensure
he
doesn’t
follow
in
the
footsteps
of
his
sibling.

The
right-winger
has
established
himself
in
Athletic
Bilbao’s
first-team
and
has
made
a
firm
impact
this
season,
scoring
twice

including
in
the
recent
3-2
victory
over
Rayo
Vallecano,
which
marked
the
first
time
both
he
and
Inaki
had
scored
in
the
same
match.

Williams’ role
with
Athletic
will
continue
to
grow,
having
only
recently
become
a
regular
starter
for
the
Basque
side
towards
the
end
of
last
season
and
now
starting
five
of
Athletic’s
six
LaLiga
matches.

Securing
a
spot
on
the
plane
for
Qatar
will
not
be
easy
considering
the
vast
competition,
but
Williams
may
get
his
opportunity
due
to
his
age,
with
a
forward
line
of
the
future
potentially
being
created
alongside
Yeremy
Pino
and
Ferran
Torres.


Kenneth
Taylor

Only
earning
his
first
start
for
Ajax
in
the
Eredivisie
last
season,
Kenneth
Taylor
has
become
a
mainstay
in
the
side
this
term
with
five
starts
across
six
league
appearances
for
the
Dutch
champions,
following
Ryan
Gravenberch’s
move
to
Bayern
Munich.

The
20-year-old
has
grabbed
his
opportunity
with
both
hands,
scoring
three
goals
and
contributing
two
assists
in
the
league.
His
control
on
the
ball
has
also
been
impressive,
misplacing
41
of
352
passing
attempts
in
the
Eredivisie
for
an
accuracy
of
88
per
cent.

In
the
Champions
League,
Taylor
has
yet
find
the
net
or
contribute
an
assist,
but
he
has
caught
the
eye.
In
the
2-1
defeat
to
Liverpool,
he
won
three
tackles,
the
joint-most
in
the
Ajax
side,
and
completed
92
per
cent
of
his
passes.

Those
performances
have
earned
Taylor
a
call-up
to
Louis
van
Gaal’s
squad
ahead
of
Gravenberch,
who
has
been
capped
10
times
by
the
Netherlands
but
has
found
playing
time
difficult
to
come
by
since
moving
to
Bayern.


Enzo
Fernandez

Only
arriving
at
Benfica
from
River
Plate
ahead
of
the
current
season,
Enzo
Fernandez
has
quickly
made
an
impression
in
Portugal,
where
he
was
named
the
Primeira
Liga’s
Midfielder
of
the
Month.

In
the
third
qualifying
round
of
the
Champions
League,
the
Argentine
struck
in
both
legs
against
Midtjylland
and
made
a
significant
impression
in
the
2-1
group
stage
win
against
Juventus

with
the
most
touches
(92),
pass
attempts
(71)
and
accurate
passes
(68)
of
his
team,
as
well
as
the
highest
pass
completion
percentage
(96%).

He
also
won
12
duels
and
won
possession
on
12
occasions,
both
tallies
that
were
bettered
by
none
of
his
team-mates.

His
form
has
already
seen
him
linked
with
Liverpool,
just
months
after
his
arrival
in
European
football,
and
the
21-year-old
could
be
once
to
watch
in
Qatar
if
he
secures
a
seat
on
the
plane.


Borja
Iglesias

At
the
age
of
29,
Borja
Iglesias
is
finally
poised
to
make
his
international
bow
with
Spain
after
a
sensational
calendar
year
in
which
he
has
scored
18
LaLiga
goals

with
only
Real
Madrid’s
Karim
Benzema
(28)
scoring
more.

Six
of
those
goals
have
come
in
the
opening
six
matches
of
the
2022-23
season,
from
which
Real
Betis
have
won
15
points
to
sit
behind
only
Barcelona
and
Real
Madrid
in
the
early-season
standings.

Robert
Lewandowski
(8)
is
the
sole
player
to
score
more
LaLiga
goals
than
Iglesias
this
season
and
he
has
averaged
a
goal
every
103
minutes,
though
he
is
yet
to
feature
in
the
club’s
Europa
League
campaign
thus
far.

Spain’s
lack
of
central
striking
options
may
well
play
into
Iglesias’
hands
in
his
bid
to
make
the
World
Cup
squad,
with
the
28-man
party
for
September’s
Nations
League
fixtures
having
only
Alvaro
Morata
as
the
other
natural
option
through
the
middle.

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