Martin Baturina

Martin Baturina

Country: Croatia

Date of birth: 16/02/2003 (19 years old)

Place of birth: Split (Croatia)

Height: 172cm

Youth career: Hajduk Split, RNK Split, Dinamo Zagreb (since 2017)

Current club: Dinamo Zagreb

Squad number: 10

Current national team: Croatia U-21

Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 3.000.000 €

Tournaments participated in: 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying (7/0)

Contract until: 15.06.2027

Player’s agent: Venture Partners

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Kevin De Bruyne/Wesley Sneijder

Strengths:

– passing Untitled1

– vision Untitled1

– technique Untitled1

– ball control Untitled1

– teamwork Untitled1

– football IQ Untitled1

– agility Untitled1

– pace Untitled

– versatility Untitled

– dribbling Untitled

– first touch Untitled

– long shots Untitled

To improve:

– still has a margin to improve his physical prowess

– aerial duels

Style of play:

– 8/10 hybrid/roaming playmaker

– tactically astute and technically capable of playing in various tactical systems

– likes to have the ball at his feet and has the natural ability of an ‘orchestrator’ midfielder who can perform at all of the midfield positions

– player with excellent technical ability, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, and fast direction shifts in possession

– midfielder who sees the game differently from most revealing creativity, cleverness at his off-the-ball movements, great vision, and passing ability orchestrating or providing dynamism to the team’s build-up process with ease and effectiveness

– fast, dynamic, and mobile player who covers a lot of space

– likes to speed-up the game with progressive runs and passes

– very intelligent movement and positioning between the lines

– excellent in combination play

– cultured passer with a proclivity for breaking the lines with intricate vertical balls

– extraordinary thinking when on the ball – he often chooses options that are unexpected for the opposition

– very high football IQ, maturity, and spatial awareness

– has the ability and confidence to provide good through/killer passes in the final third

– great composure, elegance, and retention skills under pressure/press-resistant player

– very interesting mid-range and long-range shooting skills

– displays a natural technique to dribble and take fast decisions in tight spaces

– very good decision-making and efficiency for a player of his age

– constantly asking for the ball and often is an additional passing option

– does not hesitate to track back and work for the team/good recovery of his position

Despite heavy pressure and a crowded area, Baturina finds some space and scores with a precise finish.
Baturina with a great counter-attacking run – he dribbles past his opponent and provides a superb assist to his teammate.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Central midfielder in 4-3-3.

Video:

Achievements:

Croatian Championship 2020/2021 winner with Dinamo.

Croatian Cup 2020/2021 winner with Dinamo.

Croatian Championship 2021/2022 winner with Dinamo.

Croatian Super Cup 2022/2023 winner with Dinamo.

League summary (as for 31 August 2022):

Prva NL 2020/2021: 8 games/0 goals (Dinamo II)

HNL 2020/2021: 2 games/0 goals (Dinamo)

Prva NL 2021/2022: 7 games/1 goal (Dinamo II)

HNL 2021/2022: 13 games/2 goals (Dinamo)

HNL 2022/2023 (ongoing): 6 games/2 goals (Dinamo)

Description:

Martin Baturina is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in Southern Europe and one of the biggest jewels in the Croatian League. He is a product of the famous Dinamo Zagreb youth academy. He made his first-team debut for Modri on 16 May 2021 in a league fixture against HNK Gorica. This season, he has established himself as a first-team regular and is showing his tremendous potential. His all-time numbers for Dinamo are very impressive as well – so far he scored 4 goals and provided 7 assists in just over 1230 minutes. He is also a regular youth international for Croatia and currently he’s one of the youngest members of the U-21 team.

Quotes:

Football Talent Scout potential rating:

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

Links:

Transfermarkt

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