Full name: Franculino Gluda Djú
Date of birth: 28/06/2004 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Guinea-Bissau
Youth career: SL Benfica
Current club: SL Benfica
Squad number: —
Current national team: —
Position: winger, second striker, striker
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 (2/0)
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Gabigol
– off the ball movement
– close control
– first touch
– he has the potential to become a top-class finisher but still needs to work on his composure in front of goal
Style of play:
– complete striker
– can also play on the wing if needed (preferably as a right-sided inside forward)
– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– can operate effectively alone up front or offer versatility in the attacking duo
– very good pace, body balance, agility, and coordination
– generates many flick-ons and passes into the channels for his teammates to utilize/good ability to connect with midfield and attacking partners
– killer instinct and off the ball movement in the final third
– great sense of positioning while receiving through balls
– mobile striker who likes to attack from deep, half-spaces, and wings
– likes to speed-up the attacks by dynamic dribbling and off the ball runs/very skillful at beating his markers and evading pressure
– knows how to use his body to shield the ball from defenders thanks to his technique, strength, and ball control
– able to dribble and make combinations with his teammates at top speed
– displays a natural technique to take fast decisions in tight spaces/under pressure/crowded areas
– not very tall and dominant in the air but he can be an aerial threat in the opposition box thanks to his positioning, timing, and jumping technique
– likes to press and hassle the opposition’s centre-backs effectively and capitalize on their mistakes
Djú makes a great run, dribbles past two opponents, and scores from a very difficult angle.
Djú enters the penalty area, loses two opponents with feints, and scores.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Striker in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 9 February 2022):
No senior team appearances yet.
Franculino Djú is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in the famous Benfica youth academy along with other fantastic prospects such as Cher Ndour, Diego Moreira, João Resende, João Neves, Samuel Soares, Hugo Félix, and Tomás Araújo. Franculino has been in phenomenal form this season – he scored 20 goals in 20 games for Benfica U-19 so far.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.