Full name: Luis Guilherme Lira dos Santos
Date of birth: 09/02/2006 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Aracaju (Brazil)
Youth career: Palmeiras
Current club: Palmeiras
Squad number: —
Current national team: Brazil U-16
Position: attacking midfielder, winger
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: Copa São Paulo de Futebol Junior 2022 (2/0), Mondial Football Montaigu 2022
Contract until: 04.04.2024
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Henrikh Mkhitaryan
– ball control
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– advanced playmaker
– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– 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 make quick first touch combinations with his teammates
– known for his “quick feet”, mobility, and close control
– 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
– has the technique, ability, and confidence to execute the killer passes and set-up goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates
– 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
– spectacular dribbler able to make effective solo runs to beat the defensive line
– extremely dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and acceleration
– possesses very interesting mid-range and long-range shooting skills – if he develops them well, this may become his great weapon in the future
– all-action and energetic
– does not hesitate to track back and work for the team/often wins the ball back thanks to his explosiveness
– direct and indirect set-piece specialist
– operates very comfortably with his right weaker foot
Luis Guilherme makes a surging run into the penalty area, dribbles past one opponent, and scores with a simple finish.
Luis Guilherme provides an assist with a brilliant through ball.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.
Copa São Paulo de Futebol Junior 2022 winner with Palmeiras.
League summary (as for 14 April 2022):
No senior team appearances yet.
Luis Guilherme is a product of Palmeiras academy – a fantastic youth system that produced many brilliant talents in recent years such as Giovani, Gabriel Veron, Renan, Gabriel Silva, Gabriel Menino, Danilo, and Endrick. Luis is considered to be one of the leaders of an extremely talented generation of Brazilian players born in 2006. He regularly plays with much older players. Currently, he is one of the biggest stars of Palmeiras U-20 despite being only 16 and his first-team debut seems to be only a matter of time.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.