Niko Kasalo

Niko Kasalo

Country: Slovenia

Date of birth: 31/12/2005 (16 years old)

Place of birth: Slovenia

Height: 175cm

Youth career: NŠ Mura

Current club: NŠ Mura

Squad number: 20

Current national team: Slovenia U-19

Position: attacking midfielder, winger, second striker

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —

Tournaments participated in: 2022 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (3/2)

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Leandro Trossard

Strengths:

– pace 

– acceleration 

– technique 

– ball control 

– dribbling 

– agility 

– first touch 

– creativity 

– long shots 

– set-pieces 

To improve:

– needs to work on the consistency of his decision-making in the final third

– active and hardworking but still a little bit chaotic in the defensive phase

Style of play:

– flamboyant winger

– has many qualities of an advanced/wide playmaker

– player who’s not afraid of physical challenges despite a rather small frame

– great acceleration, agility, flair, body balance, changes of pace, and coordination

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

– likes to play in a free attacking role granted the freedom to roam the pitch and find space

– likes to dribble

– possesses very interesting mid-range and long-range shooting skills/able to score spectacular goals from outside the penalty area

– above-average movement, instinct, and finishing skills

– creative at his off-the-ball movements, and likes to find the best space to receive the ball with good timings

– strong in 1v1 situations, unpredictable, and confident of his skills

– very good dribbling skills, ‘quick feet’, and footwork in tight spaces

– very dangerous on the counter thanks to his electric pace and acceleration

– able to dribble, cross, and make quick combinations with his teammates at top speed

– difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his low centre of gravity and excellent close control

– all-action and energetic

– direct and indirect set-piece specialist

– operates comfortably with his left weaker foot

Kasalo attacks from the left wing and scores a stunner from outside the penalty area.
Kasalo cuts inside, spots the movement of his teammate, and provides a nice assist.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Left winger in 4-3-3.

Video:

Achievements:

League summary (as for 29 September 2022):

1.SNL 2021/2022: 2 games/0 goals (Mura)

Description:

Niko Kasalo is the NŠ Mura academy graduate. He is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in Slovenia. He made his professional debut for Mura on 15 May 2022 in a league fixture against NK Olimpija Ljubljana. He is also a regular youth international for his country and he’s one of the leaders of the 2005 generation along with the likes of Luka Poredoš, Tine Čuk, Aleks Ristić, Beno Selan, Mark Stojinović, Lukas Tomažič, and Jaka Cuber Potocnik.

Quotes:

Football Talent Scout potential rating:

7,5/10 

Country-scale star with top European league ambition.

Links:

Transfermarkt

Soccerway

Playmaker

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