Once a gifted fringe option for Belgium, Dries Mertens has now become almost undroppable after asserting himself in Napoli's forward line. He has taken Serie A by storm, racking up goals and assists galore in a free role tailored to his talents. The former PSV winger managed more than a goal every two games over his three seasons in the Netherlands, but he has undoubtedly hit new heights.
He has also taken on more responsibility in Belgium's attack. Although he came off the bench to hit the winner in a 2-1 success against Algeria at Brazil 2014, Mertens returns to the finals with a whole new standing. He weighed in with five goals during the qualifiers for Russia 2018 and is brimming with confidence, having played some of the best football of his career since turning 30 last year.