Full name: Andrés Llamas Acuna
Date of birth: 07/05/1998 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Milano (Italy)
Youth career: AC Milan
Current club: AC Milan
Squad number: —
Current national team: Italy U-18
Position: central defender, left-back
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: Al Kass International Cup 2014, 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (3/2), 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (5/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: combined playing styles of Jan Vertonghen & Matija Nastasić
– tackling and intercepting
– aerial duels
Style of play:
– ball playing centre back
– modern defender, who combines strength with good technique, speed and passing
– very good at breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game
– often patrticipates in build-up play
– accurate penalty taker
– likes to play long balls
– set-piece specialist
– likes to maraud forward
– able to play in a three-man defensive line system
– restricts the offensive play of his opponents through his positioning and marking
– very confident on the ball
– excellent positional sense and an acute tactical ability to read the game
– very strong mentally, physically and technically
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-4-2.
Al Kass International Cup 2014 3rd place with AC Milan.
No senior team appearances yet.
The AC Milan youth system is famous for having produced many great Italian internationals, including the club’s top three all-time appearance makers Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, and Alessandro Costacurta. Andrés Llamas is another graduate who could break into Milan’s starting XI in the near future. He didn’t make his senior team debut yet, but was already an unused substitute in Milan’s 3–2 away win over Udinese on 22 September 2015. He was the captain and one of the leaders of Italy at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, but unfortunately young “Squadra Azzurra” were knocked out at the quarter final stage after 3-0 defeat against eventual champions France. Currently, he is a member of U-18 setup.
“Andres Llamas is an Italian Youth International in the Milan Academy who is capable of playing any of the roles in the back four. Most adept at taking on a flank, Llamas is one of, if not the most solid full-back coming through the system since Mattia De Sciglio. Positionally intelligent, Llamas can hold an entire flank should his winger cut in-field and is cognizant of the space in behind himself, rarely allowing his opponent a direct lane to goal. Fully capable of scoring goals from defense, Llamas has notched two goals in seven appearances for the U-16 and U-17 Italian sides.”
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.