Caleb Wiley

Caleb Wiley

Country: USA

Date of birth: 22/12/2004 (17 years old)

Place of birth: Atlanta (USA)

Height: 178cm

Youth career: Atlanta United

Current club: Atlanta United

Squad number: 26

Current national team: USA U-20

Position: left-back, left wing-back, winger

Preferred foot: left

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 1.000.000 €

Tournaments participated in:

Contract until: 31.05.2015

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Nuno Mendes

Strengths:

– pace

– acceleration

– athleticism

– crossing

– dribbling

– tackling 

– technique 

– ball control 

– tenacity 

– determination

– work rate

Weaknesses:

– still has a margin to improve his positioning and general tactical awareness

Style of play:

– wing-back/complete full-back

– player with very good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations

– very good agility and coordination for a player of his size

– likes to dribble

– likes to cross/likes to try early crosses

– vertical player who’s always looking to push on at every opportunity, offering dynamic overlapping runs into advanced positions

– powerful, explosive, and confident when going forward

– above-average passing and technical ability/decent when making quick combinations with midfielders

– high work rate, determination, and winning mentality

– fearless and good at timing tackles

– excellent recovery pace/often wins the ball back by outmuscling or outpacing his opponents

– impacts the game at both ends of the pitch/able to cover a huge amount of ground

– tenacious and aggressive in 1v1 defensive challenges with a high percentage of duels won

– able to dribble past his opponents and make good crosses at top speed

– endless energy and his powerful running make him an incredibly useful asset as he brings an offensive value to a team, with a lot of activity during 90 minutes on the left side

– operates comfortably with his right weaker foot

Wiley provides an assist with a superb early cross.
Wiley shows very good recovery pace, stops a dangerous attack with a very good sliding tackle, and wins the ball back.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Left wing-back in 3-5-2.

Video:

Achievements:

League summary (as for 10 May 2022):

USL Championship 2020: 11 games/0 goals (Atlanta II)

USL Championship 2021: 22 games/0 goals (AtlantaII)

MLS 2022 (ongoing): 6 games/1 goal (Atlanta)

Description:

Caleb Wiley joined the Atlanta United Academy at the age of 11. He is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in the USA. He made his first team debut for Atlanta on 27 February 2022 in the MLS game against Sporting Kansas City in which he scored. He is also a regular youth US international and currently he’s a member of the U-20 setup – a team with many exciting talents such as Esmir Bajraktarevic, Justin Che, Paxten Aaronson, Quinn Sullivan, Kevin Paredes, Obed Vargas, Caden Clark, Danny Leyva, Malick Sanogo, Rokas Pukstas, and Jack McGlynn.

Quotes:

“It’s definitely a dream come true. I don’t score many goals that often, so when I do it’s definitely a speechless moment. When I saw it go into the back of the net, it was a huge moment for me. To do it in front of this huge crowd, in front of friends and family is something special.”

(Caleb Wiley after scoring on his MLS debut against Sporting Kansas City)

Football Talent Scout potential rating:

8/10

First team material in a top European club.

Links:

Transfermarkt

Soccerway

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