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How Will These Aston Villa Players Perform In The 2022 FIFA World Cup In Qatar?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Aston Villa will have four players representing their respective countries in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Qatar this month. This famous FIFA competition will kick off in the Middle East for the first time in its history.

Let’s focus on the four Aston Villa players and try to determine how they will perform in this World Cup.

Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)

Martinez is having a tough campaign at Villa Park as he has shipped in a lot of goals during this campaign. He has conceded 19 goals in 16 matches but has managed to pick up four clean sheets along the way across all competitions.

Martinez could end up playing a key role for Argentina when the World Cup finals take place in Qatar on November 20.

Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)

Dendoncker has managed to get some meaningful game time at the West Midlands club and deserves a pat on the back for putting in a few eye-catching performances for the Villans in recent months. He is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also fill in as a central defender or as a box-to-box midfielder if needed.

Dendoncker is expected to serve as an important member of Robert Martinez’s Belgium squad but whether he gets any World Cup appearances under his belt remains to be seen.

Villa Park
Villa Park

Matty Cash (Poland)

Cash has endured a difficult start to this campaign as well as he has struggled to be productive while acting as Aston Villa‘s primary right-back. He has participated in 14 matches for the Villans this season but has done well to average 1.9 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League (stats via whoscored).

Cash could get a chance to impress for Poland in this year’s World Cup depending on what team Poland manager Czesław Michniewicz decides to put out in the competition.

Jan Bednarek (Poland)

The 26-year-old has found playing opportunities coming at a premium at Villa Park this season. He has only made five appearances for Aston Villa this season but has struggled to give a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field.

Still, Bednarek will be expected to play a dominant role at the heart of Poland’s defence alongside Kamil Glik and Jakub Kiwior. However, it will be difficult for the player to perform at a high level based on the limited game time he has received in the Premier League this season.

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