Joan Cruz

Joan Cruz

Full name: Joan Manuel Cruz Castro

Country: Chile

Date of birth: 04/04/2003 (18 years old)

Place of birth: Santiago de Chile (Chile)

Height: 174cm

Youth career: Colo-Colo

Current club: Colo-Colo

Squad number: 35

Current national team: Chile U-20

Position: attacking midfielder, winger, second striker

Preferred foot: left

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 550.000 €

Tournaments participated in: 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup (4/2)

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: AIM Futbol

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Phil Foden

Strengths:

– pace 

– acceleration 

– creativity 

– technique

– ball control 

– agility 

– dribbling 

– flair

– passing 

– vision 

– first touch 

– movement

– long shots

Weaknesses:

– physical strength

– operating with his right weaker foot

Style of play:

– advanced playmaker

– likes to be fielded in a free role as an attacking midfielder, where he is given space to roam the pitch

– creative player with very good technical ability, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, fast direction shifts in possession and vision to make through passes to the teammates providing dynamism to the team’s last offensive third plays

– able to get out of various different scenarios, able to play wide and go direct, or being central and cutting through the lines/difference-maker

– player that always tries to find a vertical option in his game, so he is very capable of pushing his team forward to finishing positions

– highly technical and creative player

– excellent balance, footwork, coordination, and changes of pace

– likes to dribble

– likes to shoot from distance

– likes to make quick first touch combinations with his teammates

– known for his “quick feet”, mobility, and close control

– holds very good skill, pace, and low center of gravity

– creative at his off-the-ball movements, and likes to find the best space to receive the ball with good timings, linking up the team’s midfield and attack

– very strong in 1v1 situations, unpredictable, and very confident of his skills

– displays a natural technique to take fast decisions in tight spaces/press-resistant player

– often makes surging runs into the penalty box

– extremely dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and acceleration

– capable of shooting on-target goals from great distances

– active and tenacious in pressing

– all-action and energetic

– avoids using his right weaker foot

– set-piece specialist

Cruz dribbles past his marker with a brilliant first touch and sends a dangerous shot on goal.
Cruz with a great run through the middle and brilliant pass to assist his teammate.

He is best suited to playing as:

Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.

Video:

Achievements:

Chilean Primera División 2021 runner-up with Colo-Colo.

Copa Chile 2021 winner with Colo-Colo.

League summary (as for 23 December 2021):

Chilean Primera División 2020: 3 games/0 goals (Colo-Colo)

Chilean Primera División 2021: 18 games/0 goals (Colo-Colo)

Description:

Joan Cruz joined Colo-Colo youth academy at the age of 7. He made his league debut for Los Albos on 3 October 2020 against Huachipato FC. In 2021, he was one of the biggest young revelations in the Chilean Primera División. He is a part of a new very interesting generation of Colo-Colo youngesters which includes, among the others Vicente Pizarro, Daniel Gutiérrez, Jordhy Thompson, Lucas Soto, Julio Fierro, Jeyson Rojas, Bryan Soto, Luciano Arriagada, and Bruno Gutiérrez. He is also a regular youth international for Chile – in 2019 he represented his country at the World Cup U-17 and now he is a member of the U-20 national team.

Quotes:

I think he has all the qualities to be the number 10 of Colo-Colo.”

(Claudio Borghi – Colo-Colo former player and manager)

Football Talent Scout potential rating:

9/10

Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.

Links:

Transfermarkt

Soccerway

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