AFC Asian Cup 2019: Five midfielders to watch out for
The kickstart of the AFC Asian Cup is just around the corner of the streets. The players including Tim Cahill, Ali Al-Habsi, Shinji Kagawa, and Keisuke Honda will not be taking part in this tournament for the first time in many years.
Midfielders are the most influential players in the middle of the park. Without their proper action, the attackers and defenders will find it hard to cope up against the opponents. Hence, the midfielders are the guitarist in the music band. Without them, there would be no music.
There are several experienced players, and there are tons of youngsters who are standing in the line to make a name for themselves in this competition. Players will rile up in numbers, but coaches will be eager to set up the team properly as the team is built around the midfield.
In this piece, we shall look at the five midfielders who could catch the attention of the world during Asia's biggest stage.
#5 Udanta Singh (India):
Udanta Singh is an explosive winger who is crucial to the setups of India and Bengaluru FC. The Indian International operated through the right flank and has the ability to go past defenders with his breakneck pace, and has a good record of contributing to the final third.
Having taken out the field eleven times for his club this campaign, he has found the back of the net on three different occasions. His link-up play with full-backs and strikers are a treat to watch. His experience with India's talisman Sunil Chhetri will come handy in this tournament.
The 22-year-old has featured for India in the AFC Under-19 Championship Qualification in 2013 and made his debut for the senior squad in 2016 against Iran. India are qualifying for the Asian Cup for the first time in eight years, and Udanta Singh will be cherishing every minute of it to make more memories on the field with his country.
India will play their first game against Thailand on Sunday at the UAE, and Udanta Singh is expected to feature in the starting eleven.