Date of birth: 15/07/1997 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Lagos (Nigeria)
Youth career: Hibernians FC
Senior career: Hibernians FC
Squad number: 15
Current national team: Malta U-17
Position: winger, secondary striker, striker
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: combined playing styles of Gervinho & Andre Schurrle
Style of play:
– flamboyant winger
– likes to cut inside
– likes to enter the opposition’s penalty area whenever possible
– often uses his speed and skill to take on defenders
– likes to dribble
He is best suited to playing as:
Left winger in 4-2-3-1.
No senior team appearances yet.
Joseph Mbong was born in Nigeria, but he moved to Malta when he was just 2 years old. His father, Essien ‘Papa’ Mbong was a former Julius Berger FC [Lagos] midfielder. Joseph is already a part of the senior squad at Hibernians and he was recently given a chance to play in the Europa League first qualifying round against Spartak Trnava, where he replaced Jean Paul Farrugia in the last minute. He was given a Maltese passport recently, which enabled him to play in the UEFA U-17 Championship 2014 for Malta very recently. He played very well, scoring against Holland, and was perhaps the best player of Malta. Currently he plays for the U-19 squad.
“On the pitch, I see myself as a leader and I work very hard for the good of the team. I am strong, a fast dribbler, quite pacy, has good ball control. I need to work hard on shielding the ball from the opponents.”
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Capable to mark his name in Europe with a bit of luck and hard work.