Some of the biggest stars in world football will be showcasing their talents during the tournament this summer but it could also prove to be a springboard for a few players not quite yet household names.

Valentín Carboni

21 of Argentina’s 26-man squad this summer were World Cup winners in Qatar so there was little room for surprise inclusions. Those who were denied a spot in 2022 through injury and the irrepressible Alejandro Garnacho were hardly a shock but the promotion of 19-year-old Valentín Carboni signified a rapid rise.

Valentin Carboni's profile from Wyscout Player Report

A successful loan with Monza from Inter allowed Carboni to get regular minutes in Serie A but even with that, it was expected the Lanús academy product would be one for La Albiceleste’s future rather than present.

It was arguably last week’s friendly win over Guatemala that sealed the deal with the teenager, winning a penalty during an exciting 60-minute appearance and prompting Lionel Messi to say, “I had already seen him in the U20s, but he has grown a lot. He is a different player with incredible quality.”

And it was the display against Guatemala, even if weaker opponents, which highlighted what Carboni can do.

Carboni dribbles data from Wyscout Player Report

A fleet-footed left footer, Carboni skips around challenges and in what was effectively a debut campaign in Italy’s top flight, he demonstrated the confidence and ability to do this at that level. 4.68 dribbles per 90 demonstrates a player willing to commit defenders and make things happen, Carboni’s success rate of 68.1% ranking in the top five across Serie A.

Able to play centrally as a number 10 or out wide where he can cut inside, Carboni is physically more robust than the archetypal Argentinian playmaker but shares that eye for a pass and individuality.

Two goals and one assist across 31 Serie A appearances (only 10 starts) show there is plenty of room for improvement in terms of Carboni’s end product and while game time might be hard to come by for Argentina this summer, it won’t halt interest in the teenager - the conundrum for Inter will be whether or not they cash in.


One player already set to get his ‘big’ move will be Brazil’s Sávio. After a sensational season in Spain with Girona, culminating in the club’s historic qualification to the Champions League, the 20-year-old winger looks likely to make the convenient move to Manchester City.

Snapped up by Troyes in 2022 from Atlético Mineiro, Sávio would never even pull on the shirt of the now third-tier French club and would instead spend the next two years out on loan. Firstly, and somewhat forgettably, with PSV and last season in far more spectacular fashion with Girona.

Sávio profile overview

And what ties all this together? Well, to the dismay of Troyes supporters, City Football Group - Troyes to Girona and now to Manchester City.

Nine goals and ten assists from an electrifying campaign in Spain saw Sávio make his Brazil debut in the 1-0 win over England at Wembley in March. While the competition for starting places with the Seleçao is naturally fierce, Brazil are a side in transition under new management.

Sávio's comparison with Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr and Martinelli from Wyscout Compare Mode

Teenage star Endrick is the one everyone waits to further explode this summer but perhaps Sávio could push his way into Dorival Júnior’s side. After all, he and Brazil teammate Vinicius Junior were among the top dribblers in LaLiga.

With eight assists, he and Raphinha sit side by side, third in the rankings and so there is a very favorable comparison with the other top-end wing options available to Brazil. An outstanding league season, a major international competition and a potential transfer to one of Europe’s most successful clubs, Sávio’s career trajectory is skyrocketing.

Ismaël Koné

Success on the field has not necessarily followed but Watford’s talent identification under the ownership of the Pozzo family has been shrewd. The chaotic backdrop at the club and the perpetual changing of coaches has perhaps not provided the ideal environment for young players to flourish but the quality has been there.

Fellow Hornet Yaser Asprilla could be one to watch for Colombia and it may also be a big summer for Canadian international midfielder Ismaël Koné.

Ismaël Koné profile

Born in Côte d’Ivoire but raised in Canada from the age of 7, 2022 proved to be the breakout year for Koné. A debut with CF Montréal and subsequently with Canada before being named Canada Soccer Young Player of the Year and moving to Watford.

Such a move at a young age isn’t easy and English football has not yet seen everything that the 22-year-old is capable of. Four goals and two assists in the Championship as Watford missed out on promotion is a decent enough, if unremarkable return.

Koné ball progression data from Wyscout Player Report

Yet one which hints at more to come. A six foot two-inch tall central midfielder with real running and dribbling power is a commodity and Koné is an excellent ball carrier. 2.38 progressive runs per 90 and 3.41 dribbles illustrate the point.

To truly develop into a top-tier box-to-box midfielder there are still areas to work on but many of the raw materials are evident and that’s enough to pique the interest of scouts.

Darío Osorio

It’s eight years since Chile’s golden generation lifted the second of their Copa América titles and yet the best part of a decade on there remains a number of those veterans still in La Roja’s side. Bringing through the next generation has been tough but perhaps Darío Osorio could signal the beginning of a new era under Argentinian coach Ricardo Gareca.

Darío Osorio profile

The 20-year-old winger who came through at Universidad de Chile had shone for the Chile U17s and U20s and with interest already mounting it came as something of a surprise that Osorio swapped La U for Danish Superliga side Midtjylland in 2023.

There would be few bigger culture shocks than the move from bustling Santiago to the town of Herning yet Osorio has thrived in Denmark.

Osorio finishing dashboard from Wyscout Player Report

A livewire off either wing but particularly when able to come inside off the right, Osorio has the ability to beat his man one-v-one and is now showing an improved end product in front of goal. Eight goals and two assists from 23 appearances in a new side, for a 20-year-old a long way from home is not to be underestimated.

Time will tell whether this scoring streak is sustainable with Osorio outperforming his xG considerably (3.37 xG) but the other wing metrics look good. 6.07 dribbles per 90, 3.26 progressive runs and 2.94 crosses all have the youngster in the top five across the Superliga for 2023/24.

Osorio's dribbles in the final third

Producing something similar in a rejuvenated Chile under Gareca would certainly put Osorio right back in the shop window.

Malik Tillman

No US player will arrive at this summer’s tournament off the back of a better season than Malik Tillman. The 22-year-old was a key part of PSV’s record-breaking Eredivisie championship-winning side.

The successful loan to the Dutch giants from Bayern Munich has already been made permanent and provides Tillman with the solid foundation for his career that to this point has arguably been lacking.

Malik Tillman profile

Born in Nuremberg, Tillman arrived at Bayern in 2015 and debuted in 2021 but rather than push on for regular first-team minutes was sent on loan to Rangers, where he would be named PFA Young Player of the Year. Another loan to PSV followed and en route to the club’s record points haul, Tillman would score nine goals in addition to ten assists (second only to Eredivisie's leading scorer and teammate Luuk de Jong).

Tillman shot assists metrics from Wyscout Player Report

Playing often off the left but with the physicality to play across the attack or drop in as a number ten behind the center forward, Tillman demonstrates the positional intelligence acquired from his upbringing in Germany.

An excellent ball carrier into the final third and a penetrative passer, Tillman is a versatile creative threat that could be hugely beneficial to the United States.

Tillman recoveries

Out of possession too, Tillman proves his worth by demonstrating the kind of intensity that will impress scouts. 2.98 recoveries in the final third and 5.01 counter-pressing recoveries, Tillman was among the top performers in the Netherlands and now looks to take the next step.

Willian Pacho

The boom in Ecuadorian talent should no longer come as a surprise and while natural goalscorers and forward options might hold El Tri back this summer, the country continues to produce outstanding defensive prospects.

Piero Hincapié is already well and truly on the radar after helping Bayer Leverkusen to the Bundesliga title in historic fashion but Eintracht Frankfurt’s Willian Pacho is another worthy of attention.

Willian Pacho player profile

Both came through Independiente del Valle’s now illustrious academy and alongside fellow current internationals Moisés Caicedo and José Hurtado guided the club to the 2020 U20 CONMEBOL Libertadores with victory over River Plate.

Tall, quick, strong and comfortable enough on the ball to break lines into midfield, Pacho has a lot of what modern sides will be looking for in a left-sided center-back.

Pacho's won defensive duels in own third - Wyscout Player Report

Leading the Bundesliga for defensive duels (6.04 per 90) and interceptions (5.8 per 90) among players under 23, Pacho reads the game well and exhibits a controlled aggression to help him win possession.

Strong in the air, Pacho’s 69.23% success in his own penalty area is among the best of any defenders in the Bundesliga and so there is a rounded skill set which is naturally attracting suitors.

A sixth-placed finish last season, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking ahead to the new season yet with a summer away with Ecuador to further enhance his reputation it might not be long before Die Adler are making a big profit on the player they paid only €9 million for one year ago.

Start your Wyscout free trial now.
Follow Golazo on Twitter.