Kylian Mbappé, France
"You could drop a Tarantula into his shorts and he'd still be cool," commentator Ray Hudson said this about Lionel Messi. But the statement could easily have been for Kylian Mbappé too, such is his composure on the field. Then there's an array of skills he unleashes: the through balls, pin-point passing, no-nonsense dribbling, and finishing. The “Donatello” of Paris St. Germain -- where he ended up after the mammoth €180 million transfer from Monaco -- is a complete package. He can play at any position in the front-line with equal ease and has picked up his form from where he left off in Monaco. With a young and supremely talented squad behind him, expect him to swoosh past the defenders and bulge the net with one swerve of his right foot more times than the opposition would like.
Ousmane Dembélé, France
Marcus Rashford, England
This is one guy who is known to have perfect starts. Afterall, he scored twice on his United debut, twice on his league debut, in his first Manchester derby, in his England debut, in his first European semi-final and on his Champions League debut. Although his star has dimmed somewhat after a dazzling debut season, Rashford’s direct running, fearless attitude and energy will still be too much to cope with for defenders at the World Cup. And, given his record of perfect starts at big stages, it's safe to bet that Rashford will shine in his debut World Cup campaign too.
Timo Werner, Germany
Following Miroslav Klose's retirement from international football, Germany have been missing a quality pure no.9 (Mario Gomez is no more the same). Enter Timo Werner, the German who plys his trade for RB Leipzig has ruled the German first division, scoring 13 assisting seven this season, in a way that's worthy of kings. His performances have been so impressive that he is being rumoured to be a transfer target for Real Madrid to replace their long-time servant Karim Benzema. If the rumour has any iota of truth in it, then the Los Blancos better hurry, because Werner's transfer fee will shoot through the roof once he proves his undeniable quality on football's biggest stage, the World Cup.
Gabriel Jesus, Brazil
The 21-year-old Brazilian benched a certain Sergio Aguero during Manchester City's latest title-winning season . That's how good he is. With over 150 senior appearances already under his belt (Jesus!), Jesus will lead Brazil from the front in the coming World Cup. His instinctive movement off the last line and flamboyant play in the channels should be enough to set the cat among the pigeons in the tournament. From the much-shared story of him painting murals during the 2014 World Cup to starring for Brazil in its next edition, Gabriel's incredible journey is coming full circle and he would do good to light it up.