Date of birth: 08/03/2004 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Latvia
Youth career: FK Liepaja, FK RFS (since 2020)
Current club: FK RFS
Squad number: 20
Current national team: Latvia U-17
Position: central defender
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Sebastián Coates
– tackling and intercepting
– aerial duels
– he may struggle a bit in front of skillful players with fast direction shifts/great acceleration skills at short distances
Style of play:
– complete and dominant centre-back
– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– known for his composure, positioning, good timing, confidence in possession and understanding of the game
– likes to maraud forward
– likes to spread play with good long-range diagonals
– often pushes forward to engage the player who receives a pass with his back to goal
– decent vision and passing skills also when it comes to breaking the lines with laser passes
– extremely dominant in the air
– indirect set-piece threat
– high tackling and interception rate
– concentrated, determined and committed player with very good rate of individual and collective work
– decent ambidexterity using his left weaker foot
Sliede intercepts the ball and starts the counter-attack of his team.
Sliede with a great long-range diagonal.
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-3-3.
Virslīga 2020 runner-up with RFS.
League summary (as for 19 May 2021):
Virslīga 2020: 1 game/0 goals (RFS)
Virslīga 2021 (ongoing): 1 game/0 goals (RFS)
Latvian football is going through a big crisis and fans are strongly hoping that the next generations will change this state of things. One of the biggest hopes to accomplish that is Niks Sliede who is considered to be one of the most talented players in the country. Niks moved from FK Liepaja to FK RFS in 2020. He made his professional debut in the Latvian Cup game against Auda Kekava in which he scored.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European club ambition.