Date of birth: 28/03/1998 (18 years old)
Place of birth: Lünen (Germany)
Youth career: VfL Bochum, Schalke 04 (since 2015)
Current club: Schalke 04
Squad number: —
Current national team: Germany U-18
Position: central defender, left-back
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (3/0), 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (6/2), 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup (4/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: FairPlay Sports
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Héctor Moreno
– pace and acceleration
– tackling and intercepting
– aerial duels
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– fast, complete and dominant defender
– able to play as a left-back as well, making him a more versatile and well-rounded player
– strong left foot also helps in the balance of the team when paired up with a right-footer
– composed on the ball
– well-fit, hard-working, and quick at anticipating the movement of the opponents
– accurate and tenacious tackler
– despite his height, he is able to win headed duals due to his jumping technique
– able to play in a three-man defensive line system
– forceful, quick and powerful
– very good at breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game
– able to control the threat of the attacker without causing an imbalance in the defensive line
– concentrated, determined and commited player with very good rate of individual and collective work
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-2-3-1.
2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship runner-up with Germany.
League summary (as for 21 May 2016):
No senior team appearances yet.
Erdinc Karakas is a dynamic centre-back or left-back, who started his career in VfL Bochum. His good showing in the U-17 and U-19 teams attracted foreign attention. In turn, Erdinc moved to Schalke 04 before the 2015-16 season, where hs became a key played for “Die Königsblauen” U-19 side. He was also an important part of the U-17 German national team at the 2015 European Under-17 Championship, where he played in every game and earned a silver medal. A few months later, he also made an appearance at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he also took part in every match, but the Germans got knocked out in the last 16.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.