#4 Aleksander Golovin- Arsenal
Aleksandr Golovin is probably the biggest creative talent in the host nation, as he has excelled for both club and country. The youngster has done splendidly in the World Cup as the host nation has gotten off to a dream start.
The Russian’s free-kick to finish off the Saudi Arabia rout ranks among one of the goals of the tournament so far. Golovin also provided two assists in that game, as his pinpoint crosses set up Artem Dzyuba and Yuri Gazinsky for simple headers.
Even more important than Golovin’s goals and assists was the manner in which he managed to dictate the game against both of Russia’s opponents. The Russian has already made five key passes and the simple threat of his creativity has allowed his teammates to flourish.
Golovin looks like an Arsenal player. There were some (however quiet) rumours about a possible move to North London even before the beginning of the World Cup. Those have heightened after the youngster’s brilliance in the World Cup. While a new regime is in place for the Gunners, the club will still try to maintain their identity of playing attractive football with Unai Emery at the helm.
Golovin’s excellent passing and creativity (along with perhaps his laidback nature) fits in with that attacking style. In fact, agent Sandor Varga has claimed that Arsene Wenger is keen to acquire the Russian on his return to club management. That only goes to show that Golovin is such a perfect fit that every Arsenal manager over the past twenty years wants them on his team.