Analysis

The 6 rising stars looking to shine at ICC Singapore

FourFourTwo football editor Gabriel Tan picks out six young guns that will be looking to light up the stage at the 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore.

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Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

There appears to be no stopping Mbappe in his journey towards greatness.

Kylian Mbappe will be no stranger to football fans in Singapore following his starring displays for France at the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Mbappe may still only be 19 but he is already widely regarded as the hottest prospect across the globe and netted 21 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in all competition last season.

With his loan move from Monaco now permanent, the lightning-quick forward will be looking to kick on, and there is a feeling that he could follow Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in becoming one of those rare 40-goal-a-season marksmen.

Saul (Atletico Madrid)

Saul has been earmarked as a future Atletico captain... if they can hold on to him, that is.

It’s hard to fathom that Saul is just 23 given he has made over 200 appearances for Atletico Madrid, and he has really gone from strength to strength since breaking through in 2014.

With iconic figures Fernando Torres and Gabi having moved on in the summer, it will be down to homegrown heroes Saul and Koke to lead the way in the dressing room and ensure Los Rojiblancos continue to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid for top honours.

Moreover, Saul should also be relishing the chance to impress once more, having failed to get a single minute under Fernando Hierro despite being included in the Spain squad for Russia 2018.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Bellerin could go on to become one of the best right-backs in the world.

Blessed with blistering pace that allows him to match it with almost any opposition winger, Hector Bellerin has established himself as one of the Premier League's best right-backs since making his Arsenal debut at the age of 18.

The Spaniard's all-action style of play also means that he will be one of the most-exciting players taking to the field at the National Stadium in Singapore.

With a new coach at the helm of the Spain national team in Luis Enrique, Bellerin has added incentive to take his game up another level and challenge Dani Carvajal and Nacho for the right to be his country's first-choice right-back.