Jetro WILLEMS – PSV/Holland/30/03/1994
There is an element of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde about him. There are definitely two different versions of the PSV left-back on the pitch. One is the excellent attacker and superb crosser; the other is the
far less impressive defender.
Georginio WIJNALDUM – PSV/Holland/11/11/1990
Midfielder, PSV captain and a late inclusion in Holland’s 2014 World Cup squad. Rejected an offer from PSG and extended his contract.
Inaki WILLIAMS – Athletic/Spain/15/06/1994
One of the sensations of La Liga this season and the first black player to score for Bilbao. Born in the city to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother.
WILLIAN – Chelsea/Brazil/09/08/1988
Right-sided attacker favoured by Jose Mourinho for his defensive capabilities, but his place has been threatened by the arrival of Juan Cuadrado.
Jack WILSHERE – Arsenal/England/01/01/1992
Recent injury lay-offs have shifted attention to his off-pitch habits, but when fit he remains central to manager Roy Hodgson’s plans for the England team.
Axel WITSEL – Zenit/Belgium/12/01/1989
Tall and talented central midfielderwho protects the backline with pace and precision. A crucial figure for the Belgian national side.
Bradley WRIGHT-PHILLIPS – NY Red Bulls/England/12/03/1985
Son of Ian, brother of Shaun, he scored 31 goals last season alongside the now retired Thierry Henry.
XABI ALONSO – Bayern/Spain/25/11/1981
Deep-lying central midfielder with a fine range of passing. Made a surprise switch to Bayern from Real Madrid last summer.
XAVI – Barcelona/Spain/25/01/1980
Midfield metronome who has come to embody Barcelona’s tiki taka philosophy. Has announced his retirement from international football.
Granit XHAKA – Gladbach/Switzerland/27/09/1992
Intelligent midfielder, nicknamed “little Einstein”. Swiss-born to Albanian parents, he backs Kosovo’s move for world recognition.
Andriy YARMOLENKO – Dynamo Kyiv/Ukraine/23/10/1989
Left-sided attacker dubbed the new Shevchenko. Scored Ukraine’s fastest-ever goal after 14 seconds against Uruguay in 2011.