50 Players to watch at the World Cup - No 22 Carlos Vela

12 May 2010 10:51

Our countdown of players to watch at this summer's World Cup continues apace, with Mexico's Carlos Vela in at 22.

Name: Carlos Vela

Age: 21

Club: Arsenal

International Caps: 23

International Goals: 8

Having only just turned 21, Vela has already amassed a total of 114 competitive club appearances, whilst racking up 23 caps for Mexico in the process.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger often has an eye for young talent, so big things were hoped for when he plucked this small forward from Guadalajara.

It took a while for Vela to earn a work permit, being farmed out on loan to Spain until he did, where he impressed in stints at Salamanca and Osasuna, scoring 11 goals over two seasons.

He has struggled to make much of a mark for Arsenal as yet, with only two league goals to his name, but he has scored them in style.

His Carling Cup goal against Sheffield United (one of three) was recently voted into Arsenal's top 50 club goals ever, whilst his goal on the final day this season against Fulham was inspired, a deft chip over experienced ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer.

He has all the makings of a fine player, with pace and skill in abundance. If unleashed by Mexico this summer, he could pose a serious threat.

- Sam Parker


No 23: Diego Forlan
No 24: Marek Hamsik
No 25: Wilson Palacios

No 26: Alexis Sanchez

No 27: Tim Cahill

No 28: Gonzalo Higuain
No 29: John Terry

No 30: Andres Iniesta

No 31: Maicon
No 32: Victor Obinna

No 33: Klaas Jan Huntelaar
No 34: Ryan Nelsen

No 35: Tranquilo Barnetta
No 36: Jozy Altidore

No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer
No 40: Jong Tae-Se
No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sung

No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi

Source: DSG