Chelsea boss names Arsenal starlet as World Cup surprise package

Jose Mourinho has praised Joel Campbell along with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez for their performances this summer.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been on special watch at the World Cup, working with a number of media sites in forecasting results and picking out star players.

After highlighting Liverpool's Luis Suarez’s performance against England as ‘amazing’, The Blues coach then named Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez when asked which player has shocked the world so far this summer.

“I think it’s fair to choose a player from the two teams that are surprising everybody, which is Chile and Costa Rica,” he said, quoted by the Daily Mail.

“So, I would go for Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell as two representatives of the two teams that are against all the odds and qualifying in very difficult groups, against very difficult opponents, and kicking out of the competition, the world champion like Spain.”

“I think, I have to go in the direction of the teams and trying to choose a player from these teams, I would say Sanchez and Campbell.”

21-year-old Campbell joined the Gunners in 2011 from Costa Rican club side Deportivo Saprissa, although he was not granted a work permit.

As a result, the young striker has yet to represent Arsenal in an official match, having spent the past three seasons out on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and later Olympiacos.

While plying his trade in Greece, Campbell introduced himself to the Arsenal faithful as he produced a wonderful performance in the Champions League second phase in a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

He finished the season with the Greek champions notching eight goals in 32 appearances, and he took that form into the World Cup, scoring and adding an assist during Costa Rica’s shock 3-1 victory over Uruguay.

With many supporters in North London calling for Campbell to be a part of Arsenal’s first-team squad next season, his recent performances may leave a purring Arsene Wenger with little choice.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch