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In the scouting report section of the site, Liquid Football hopes to bring you the best young talent from around the World. We started off at Barcelona, with Alfie Long’s report on Jean-Marie Dongou. Our next wonderkid is Alen Halilović who plays for Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Below is some footage of Dinamo Zagreb’s highly rated attacking midfielder Alen Halilović. Halilović is now 16-years-old. He has represented Croatia at youth level from U 14’s up, and recently became the youngest ever Dinamo Zagreb player making his debut at 16 years and 102 days old. 10 days later he became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the league.

Alen Halilović’s likes to play in the number 10 role but he can also play on the right wing. His slight frame and long blonde hair has seen him likened to fellow Croatian Lua Modric. Dinamo academy director Romea Jozaka said: “I watched Luka at the same age and it seems to me that Alen is a step, maybe two in front of him.” He went on to describe him as “an extraordinary talent. Incredibly powerful with the ball for his age. We know that he’s been mentioned throughout Europe as the best we’ll see in the next few years in his position.”

Both Manchester clubs have reportedly visited Zagreb to keep up to date with his progress, he also spent 4 days training with the Real Madrid youth team when he was 14. This is what a Real Madrid source had to say about him: “Everyone here knows he will be a sensation. When he as the ball he is reminiscent of Lionel Messi.” He is currently continuing his education in Zagreb, but he is destined to move to a top European club soon and if the praise he has received is anything to go by then he is certainly one to watch.

What we know about him…
 
D.O.B – 18/06/96 (Age 16)
Nationality – Croatian
Height – 5ft 7″
Position – Attacking Midfielder (Playmaker – No. 10) – Likes to cut in from the right hand side onto his left foot.
Preferred Foot – Left
 
 
Written by Charlie Cook @charlie_cook09
 
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In the scouting report section of the site, Liquid Football hopes to bring you the best young talent from around the World. We start off at Barcelona, with Alfie Long’s report on Jean-Marie Dongou.

Below is some footage of Barcelona’s highly rated forward Jean-Marie Dongou. Dongou is now 17-years-old and after being part of the Samuel Eto Foundation from a young age, he moved to La Masia to live their full time when he was 13-years-old.

He has been very impressive in his three years at La Masia. The academy has produced a conveyor belt of world class talent including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas and Dongou is hoping to follow in their footsteps. He is strong on the ball, sharp on the turn and obviously a very good finisher having scored at least 30 goals each season despite playing up to three years above his age group. He has developed so quickly that many people around the club have suggested he is better for his age than Lionel Messi was when he played within the academy. He has already played for Barcelona’s B side and is predicted to play for the first team in the not-too-distant future.

What we know about him…
 
D.O.B – 20/04/95 (Age 17)
Nationality – Cameroonian – but qualifies to play for Spain once he turns 18, due to living in the country for 5 years.
Height – 6ft 0″
Position – Forward
Preferred Foot – Right – but he is just as comfortable on his left scoring a number of goals cutting in from the flanks.
 
 
Written by Alfie Long. See more of his work at: pitchsidetalk.wordpress.com or follow him on twitter @pitchsidetalk
 
Edited by Charlie Cook @charlie_cook09
 
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