Players to watch

AARON MOOY (AUSTRALIA)

Mooy is coming off an outstanding season where he propelled unfashionable Huddersfield Town to the English Premier League.

The Australian midfielder, on loan from Manchester City, has a string of top clubs on his trail for next season, but has agreed to stay at Huddersfield for a club-record £10 million (S$17.6 million) yesterday.

He will probe for openings with his deep-lying passes and has a penchant for long-range shots at goal.

He will also form a skilful duo in the Socceroos' midfield alongside Tom Rogic, who scored Celtic's winning goal in the Scottish Cup final to claim the domestic treble.

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"He played just about every (Championship) game and along with his Socceroos commitment and international travel in a tough league, he's been outstanding," said Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.

TIMO WERNER (GERMANY)

With 21 goals in 31 games, Werner, 21, was the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga last season, spearheading RB Leipzig's stunning first season where they finished their debut campaign second only to Bayern Munich.

With lightning pace, the forward is deadly when he gets in behind defences. His prowess in front of goal has put him on the radar of Liverpool and Bayern.

When Germany coach Joachim Low speaks of wanting to groom players to reach world-class level, he has Werner in mind.

"He has the potential," said Low. "He brings chaos where there is order in defence and we need variable strikers with qualities."

CHRISTIAN BASSOGOG (CAMEROON)

The forward was at the heart of Cameroon's impressive run to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February.

Hugo Broos' young squad qualified for the last eight at the expense of hosts Gabon and Bassogog, 21, was a lively presence throughout the group stage.

Bassogog scored his only goal of the tournament to seal their 2-0 semi-final win over Ghana before Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the final.

Having been voted Best Player of the Tournament, his performances saw Chinese Super League team Henan Jianye snap him up from Danish side Aalborg.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2017, with the headline 'Players to watch'. Print Edition | Subscribe