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FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 big names to miss out on France's 23-man squad

Sachin Bhat
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
20.52K   //    18 May 2018, 11:25 IST

#4 Adrian Rabiot (PSG)

Rabiot is growing in importance to PSG
Rabiot is growing in importance to PSG

The presence of bigger and more glamorous names at PSG, especially in attack, shroud players like Rabiot in the darkness. But that doesn't mean he is any less impressive.

The 23-year-old midfielder has assumed a greater role at the club following the departure of Blaise Matuidi to Juventus last summer and has impressed at the middle of the park. Technically gifted, Rabiot has been sound in possession and also helps break opposition lines with incisive forward passes.

His defensive skills have developed too and he has proved to be an able cover for the ageing Thiago Motta. His 92% passing accuracy is bettered only by Vincent Koziello of Nice.

Rabiot is seamlessly growing in stature for the French side but has had the limelight stolen from him by the more eye-catching 'MCN' trio. This may have come back to bite him, as he's now forced to watch his side at the World Cup from his television set.

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