World Cup 2014: Player profile - who is Lacina Traore, the Ivory Coast striker?

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

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The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past, but who will be the star of the show?

With 99 days to go until things kick-off, check out our latest instalment of 100 players to look out for at the competition below.

99. Lacina Traore (Ivory Coast)

The towering Ivorian has been mooted by some as the heir to Didier Drogba’s throne.

Despite links with a move to Liverpool, Traore left cash-strapped Anzhi Makhachkala for Monaco in January. The French side quickly loaned him out to Everton, with manager Roberto Martinez describing Traore as “a very talented footballer” and “ someone who would fit in really well in the role we want.”

After a quarter-final exit from last year’s African Cup of Nations, the World Cup represents a chance for the 23-year-old to establish himself as a household name.

Did you know: At 6ft 8in, Traore holds the record as the tallest outfield player in Premier League history – an inch taller than Peter Crouch.


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