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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.
A tough-tackling and energetic defensive-midfielder, Tapia has been featuring for Feyenoord as a centre-back this season after struggling to break into the side in a midfield position. However, for Peru he has been able to play in his natural position which is where he has shown his best form. Tapia is a winner which is always attractive to the big players with both an Eredivisie and the KNVB cup to his name.
On the International scene he has been an integral part of Peru's 14 match unbeaten run, where he has featured in all but one of the matches which include some stern tests most notably a win against Croatia and draws against Argentina and Colombia. At just 22 years old, he has already accumulated 32 caps for the Incas.
Averaging a pass success rate of 85.6% last season and winning 2.1 aerial duels per game on average he is comfortable on the ground and in the air. He also averaged 4.9 clearances per game last season. When that is considered with his high pass success rate, it is likely that these 'clearances' are long passes into to the forwards moving his team into the final third side efficiently. Tapia also has goals in his armoury with 12 goal in 112 appearances at all levels, another tick in the box for a top level central defender.
Peru will face Denmark, France and Australia in their World Cup group with France and Denmark likely to be tough tests for the Incas and such games therefore giving a measure of Tapia’s ability to cope with the higher levels of international football. If Peru are able to avoid defeat to France and Denmark and beat Australia, they are likely to make it through to the last 16. This would be an incredible run for a team competing at its first World Cup since 1982 and would draw a lot of interest from clubs across the globe. Tapia would likely to be one of the beneficiaries of a superb World Cup run and would be a great acquisition for any mid-table Premier League or La Liga side. Video footage of Tapia is available here and in the first minute the film shows a thunderous strike into the top corner, a powerful header, a no nonsense penalty and a solid tackle and the re directive winning mentality and body language of a leader.