In this age of information, it's rare to see genuine unknowns emerge as potential stars at the World Cup. Moussa Wague is one such example, however, with few having heard of the teenager before he caught the eye with his performances in Russia.
Playing style: A tenacious full-back who likes to get forward, Wague impressed with his speedy overlapping runs down Senegal's right flank. Only Sadio Mane and M'Baye Niang created more chances for Aliou Cisse's side, with Wague capable of delivering dangerous crosses into the box.
Despite his attacking tendencies, the 19-year-old remained diligent in defence, demonstrating a sound positioning sense in a well-organised back line. He showed encouraging decision-making for such a young player, with his close control and careful distribution allowing Senegal to retain possession.
If there is one area in which Wague could improve, it's that he occasionally needs to stick closer to his direct opponent. He was stretched in the second half against Japan by the lively Takashi Inui and failed to cut out the winger's cross that led to Keisuke Honda's equaliser.
Form: After joining Belgian outfit KAS Eupen from Qatar's Aspire Academy in 2016, Wague established himself under coach Claude Makelele last season. His contribution in the club's top-flight survival earned him a call-up to Senegal's World Cup squad, where he featured in all three group stage matches as the African side were unfortunate to suffer early elimination.
The teenager's goal against Japan, a thundering strike at the back post, saw him make history as the youngest ever African goalscorer at a World Cup.
Where would he fit in? Wague was linked with a move to Turkish side Bursaspor before the tournament but his displays in Russia should have increased his options. It's likely that he will follow a similar path to former teammate Henry Onyekuru, who left Eupen for Everton in 2017 before continuing his development on loan to Anderlecht.
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