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Each time the world cup comes around, new stars are born, the transfer market goes crazy and the world is an open mic stage to stardom for every footballer involved. Who will be this year’s previously unidentified flying object and earn a big money transfer to one of Europe’s football powerhouses just like Colombia James Rodriguez did in Brazil 2012.
The Sensible Soccer World Cup blog will bring scouting know how direct from the battlefield of English Premier League recruitment directors and chief scouts. Our blog will be opening the lid on just who is being watched ahead of Russia’s six-week footballing bonanza.
At just 20 years old, Harit has only just completed his second season in senior football. However, there has been no shortage of potential suitors during his short career thus far. After just one season in the first team at FC Nantes, Schalke were willing to shell out £7.2 million for his services.
A French-born Moroccan, Harit featured for France at every youth-level before pledging his international allegiance to Morocco. Whilst he will enter the World Cup campaign on the back of a superb debut season in the Bundesliga, where he contributed directly to 10 goals (3 goals, 7 assists) and picked up the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year award, Hakim Ziyech is often touted as Morocco's star man. Therefore, the versatile attacking midfielder may prove to be their hidden weapon due to his pace and dribbling ability.
With Morocco competing against Iran, Spain and Portugal in the group, Harit's ability is likely to be highlighted in their first group game as the Atlas Lions will be tasked with trying to defeat an Iran side who were undefeated in qualifying and conceded just 2 goals.
Schalke also have a history of bringing young players into their side, developing them and then selling to larger European sides. Recent examples include Julian Draxler to PSG, Leon Goretzka to Bayern Munich and Leroy Sane to Manchester City. Russia 2018 may provide Harit the perfect platform to showcase his talent to a worldwide audience before earning a move to a European giant in the near future.