Full name: Marc Cucurella Saseta
Date of birth: 22/07/1998 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Alella (Spain)
Youth career: Alella, RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona (since 2012)
Current club: FC Barcelona
Squad number: —
Current national team: Spain U-19
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 (5/0), Al Kass International Cup 2014, UEFA Youth League 2015/2016 (6/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Filipe Luis
– tackling and intercepting
– agility and coordination
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– consistent, aggressive, and hard-tackling full-back, with an extremely high work rate
– player with very good reading of the game, reactions and anticipation
– likes forward runs
– likes to cross
– likes to get ahead and overlap with his winger in order to provide a good cross into the box
– tenacious, fearless and good at timing tackles
– endless energy coupled with his physical strength and powerful running make him an incredibly useful asset as he brings an offensive value to a team, with a lot of activity during 90 minutes in the left side
– all-action and energetic
– likes to make off-the-ball runs into spaces down the channels
– very comfortable with the ball at his feet
– despite his height, he is able to win headed duals due to his jumping technique
– equally competent offensively as defensively
– counter attack threat
He is best suited to playing as:
Left-back in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 4 June 2016):
No senior team appearances yet.
Marc Cucurella, also known as “Cucu”, joined the famous “La Masia” in 2012 from the local rivals Espanyol. Espanyol is regular target of Barcelona scouts for its wealth of youth talents. He is regularly compared to Carles Puyol. Some say this because of his hair style, but it most definitely is not just that – his charisma and work ethic on the pitch play a vital role. He is now one of the biggest talents of Barcelona 1998 generation, next to Carles Aleñá, Lee Seung-Woo and Rafa Mujica. He is also a regular Spain international. In 2015, he played at the European Under-17 Championship and currently he is a member of the La Roja U-19 side.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.