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World Cup scouting spotlight: Moussa Wague, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mario Fernandes

The World Cup boosted the profiles of several known stars like Kylian Mbappe but what about the next wave hoping to use Russia 2018 as a springboard into the next phases of their career? Matt Stanger scouts three such under-the-radar talents who acquitted themselves well this summer.

Moussa Wague, DF, KAS Eupen/Senegal

Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league.
Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league.

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...

 By Ian Holyman

Claude Makelele's miracle as doomed Eupen somehow survive in Jupiler League

Former France international Claude Makelele joined Belgian side Eupen as their head coach in November 2017.

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid man Claude Makelele steered Eupen to safety after an incredible last-day finale in Belgium's top flight.

Makelele, who worked as assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc at Paris Saint-Germain, was appointed in November with the mission of saving Eupen from relegation to Belgium's second tier.

Bottom of the table ahead of the final game, Eupen knew they needed to win against Mouscron by one more goal than rivals Mechelen, who started the day +1 better off...

 By Ian Holyman

Claude Makelele leaves Swansea, named coach of Belgian side Eupen

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 11: Claude Makelele attends the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at Parc des Princes stadium on December 11, 2016 in Paris, France.
Claude Makalele won honours with Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG during his playing career.

Claude Makelele has left his position as a coach at Swansea and been appointed boss of struggling Belgian side Eupen.

The former France international midfielder worked as an assistant coach at Paris Saint-Germain before a brief, unsuccessful stint as head coach at Bastia during the 2014-15 season.

He also worked behind the scenes at Monaco before joining Paul Clement's backroom staff at Swansea City last January.

Eupen believe he is the man to help steer them away from the bottom of the Belgian...

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Everton confirm Henry Onyekuru arrival from Eupen on five-year deal

Everton have confirmed the signing of Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru on a five-year contract.

Onyekuru, 20, will spend next season on loan with Belgian champions Anderlecht where he will play in the Champions League.

"My loan move to Anderlecht is a good step for me and a welcome development because striking a deal is not all about the money involved," he said in an interview with SCORENigeria.

"I am looking forward to another great season in Belgium as well as to feature in the Champions League....

 By Ian Holyman

Henry Onyekuru announces Everton move and Anderlecht loan move

Former Everton and Nigeria forward Daniel Amokachi reflects on the high points of his career and transitioning to coaching.

Henry Onyekuru has confirmed via social media he has joined Everton and been loaned out to Belgian champions Anderlecht for next season.

Sources reported earlier this week Everton had beaten off competition from Arsenal and West Ham to sign Onyekuru, 20, after agreeing a £7 million deal with his club, Eupen.

The Nigeria international, who finished as the Belgian top-flight's joint-top scorer with 22 goals, reportedly had a medical at Everton's Finch Farm training complex on Monday.

Though the...