Full name in native alphabet: Cəlal Hüseynov
Date of birth: 02/01/2003 (19 years old)
Place of birth: Azerbaijan
Youth career: Zira FK
Current club: Zira FK
Squad number: 4
Current national team: Azerbaijan
Position: central defender, right-back
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 300.000 €
Tournaments participated in: 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying (5/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2024
Player’s agent: AS Sports Communication
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Marquinhos
– aerial duels
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– complete, elegant, and dominant centre-back
– versatile and well-rounded/able to play anywhere along the backline
– able to play as a right or left-sided centre-back in a three-man defence
– very comfortable on the ball with a willingness to play and receive passes along the ground
– able to play in a high line
– likes to spread play with good long-range diagonals
– likes to maraud forward
– good at finding passes through both the first and second line of pressing from the opposition
– known for his positioning, good timing, confidence in possession, understanding of the game, and an above-average technical capacity
– prefers an active style of defending by getting into challenges and pressing opponents
– very good pace, agility, and coordination
– not the tallest or strongest but feels comfortable in contact situations
– superb in the air despite not being very tall/great timing and jumping technique
– energetic, tenacious, aggressive, and hard tackling player
– determined, and committed player with very good rate of individual and collective work
– very confident in duels, often tries to press, anticipate, and outpace his opponents
– mature with possible good leadership skills
– operates very comfortably with his left weaker foot
Hüseynov leaves the line to press his opponent and intercepts the ball.
Hüseynov stays calm under pressure and plays a superb diagonal pass to his teammate.
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He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 24 March 2022):
Premyer Liga 2020/2021: 9 games/0 goals (Zira)
Premyer Liga 2021/2022 (ongoing): 18 games/1 goal (Zira)
Celal Hüseynov is a product of Zira FK youth academy. He made his professional debut for Zira on 25 October 2020 in a league fixture against Qarabağ. He is a part of an interesting generation of Azerbaijani young footballers which includes, among others Musa Qurbanly, Rustam Ahmadzada, Mert Celik, Toral Bayramov, and Rauf Hüseynli. Thanks to his good performances for Zira and Azerbaijan youth teams, Celal made his senior international debut on 14 November 2021 in a friendly against Qatar.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European club ambition.