5 young players to watch out for at the 2023 World Cup

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This summer’s FIFA World Cup will see some of the most exciting young talents in football take to the pitch. Playing alongside global superstars and their own heroes, these are some young players to watch out for in Australia and New Zealand.

Melchie Dumornay — Haiti

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Melchie Dumornay is undoubtedly one of the most exciting young players headed for the World Cup. Representing Haiti from the U15 level, Dumornay has already made a name for herself on the international stage. The 19-year-old joined French giants Lyon back in January on a three-year deal from Reims. With 11 goals and 5 assists in just 18 appearances, Dumornay will certainly prove a vital asset for Haiti as they make their World Cup debut.  

Salma Paralluelo — Spain

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Salma Paralluelo has enjoyed an outstanding season with Barcelona. The 19-year-old found the back of the net 12 times in 27 appearances for the Champions League winners. Paralluelo will be looking to help Spain secure their first World Cup title this summer. Scoring against Roma in the Champions League quarter final, the teenager is a rising star to watch out for. 

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Linda Caicedo — Colombia

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Linda Caicedo is rapidly making a name for herself on the global stage. Claiming the golden ball at the 2022 Copa America Feminina, the 18-year-old was also named in the tournament’s best XI. Caicedo has become a source of pride for the Colombian national team. This summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand marks the forward’s third world cup in just a year.

Colombia will be relying on their young star as they embark on their third world cup campaign. With two goals and four assists in just 10 appearances for Madrid throughout the 2022/23 campaign, can Caicedo continue her attacking form on the global stage this summer? 

Mary Fowler — Australia

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Mary Fowler’s winning goal against France in the Matildas friendly will no doubt have put the forward firmly on the radar as one of the young players watch this World Cup. However, the 20-year-old has been making a name for herself on the international stage for five years now. Fowler made her senior debut in July 2018, and represented Australia at the 2019 World Cup aged just 16. With five goals for Manchester City across 22 appearances, Fowler has proven herself to be an excellent attacking outlet in a team packed with world class attacking options.

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Jule Brand — Germany

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Jule Brand is rapidly becoming a household name in the German national team. The 20-year-old midfielder made her senior debut back in 2021 against Australia. An immediate force, she found the back of the net just two minutes after coming onto the pitch before bagging an assist two minutes later. With four goals and six assists throughout the 2022/23 season, Brand has been pivotal for Wolfsburg. The German side narrowly missed out on the Champions League title to Barcelona, with Brand playing a vital role. 

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