Date of birth: 02/02/1997 (18 years old)
Place of birth: Kaduna (Nigeria)
Youth career: Abuja FC (2011-2014), Spezia Calcio (2014-2015), AS Roma (on loan 2015-)
Current club: AS Roma
Squad number: 97
Current national team: —
Position: centre forward
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 900.000 €
Tournaments participated in: Viareggio Cup 2015 (4/1), UEFA Youth league 2015/2016 (6/4)
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: Nwankwo Kanu
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– powerful and pacey centre forward
– often makes surging runs into penalty box
– very cool in front of goal
– aerial threat in the opposition box
– likes to try to beat offside trap
– all-action and energetic
– likes to run onto through balls from midfield
– intelligent movement, both inside and outside the penalty area
– likes to have the ball at his feet and run at opponents
– likes to capitalize on defensive mistakes
– counter attack threat
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre forward in 4-2-3-1.
Serie A 2015/2016 (ongoing): 6 matches/2 goals (Roma)
Sadiq Umar was a member of the Future of Africa football academy and Abuja’s Football College while in Nigeria. In 2014, he was noticed by Italian scouts and joined lower league outfit Spezia. He made an instant impact by scoring 26 goals in 24 matches, firing the Spezia youth team to 3rd in the Campionato Primavera. Before 15/16 season he joined AS Roma on a one year loan worth €500.000 with a 2.5 million buy-out clause that the Giallorossi will definitely exercise in the end of the season. He made his Serie A debut on 21 November 2015 against Bologna, replacing Juan Iturbe after 88 minutes in a 2–2 away draw. He scored his first goal on 20th December 2015, in 2-0 home win against Genoa. He is one of the biggest young discoveries of the Serie A this season, along with two other African wonderkids Assane Dioussé and Amadou Diawara.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.