Brajan Gruda

Brajan Gruda

Country: Germany/Albania

Date of birth: 31/05/2004 (18 years old)

Place of birth: Speyer (Germany)

Height: —

Youth career: FC Speyer 09, Karlsruher SC, 1.FSV Mainz 05 (since 2018)

Current club: 1.FSV Mainz 05

Squad number: —

Current national team: Germany U-19

Position: attacking midfielder, winger, second striker

Preferred foot: left

Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —

Tournaments participated in: —

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: Robert Schneider

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Lionel Messi

Strengths:

– pace 

– acceleration 

– dynamism 

– dribbling 

– technique 

– ball control 

– creativity 

– agility 

– flair 

– long shots 

– off-the-ball movement 

– first touch 

– work rate 

– athleticism 

– set-pieces 

To improve:

– creative and prolific but still needs to work on the composure and precision of his final ball

Style of play:

– inside forward

– player with a low centre of gravity, superb acceleration, agility, flair, body balance, changes of pace, and coordination

– creative player with very good technique on the ball, mobility, fast direction shifts, and short-dribbling skills

– fast, skillful, and opportunistic

– prolific player with very good composure and finishing skills in the penalty area

– likes to dribble

– likes to shoot from distance

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

– likes to move from the wing into the central area of the pitch/half-spaces to combine with his teammates

– often uses his skills to beat defenders, cut inside and, create himself a decent opportunity to score from

– can move past opponents with extreme ease thanks to his fantastic motor skills and ‘quick feet’

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

– dynamic and vertical player very capable of pushing his team forward to finishing positions and making a difference at any time

– possesses powerful and accurate mid-range and long-range shooting skills

– plays with a natural flair and is dangerous in the box

– superb close control, footwork, and short dribbling skills in tight spaces

– above-average vision, passing skills, and playmaking ability/has many qualities of an advanced playmaker

– very strong in 1v1 situations and confident of his skills

– very dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and attacking movement

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

– good ability at first touch/high speed in 1-2 combinations style of play

– his positioning and general defensive reliability are still improvable but he often wins the ball back thanks to his explosivity, work rate, recovery pace, and tenacity

– operates comfortably and is able to dribble and score with his weaker right foot

– direct and indirect set-piece specialist

Gruda cuts inside and scores with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area.
Gruda controls the ball, spots his teammate’s run, makes a quick decision, and creates a big chance with a superb ball.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Right winger in 4-3-3.

Video:

Achievements:

League summary (as for 19 December 2022):

No senior team appearances yet.

Description:

Brajan Gruda joined the FSV Mainz youth academy from Karlsruhe in 2018. He has been in phenomenal form so far this season – he scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists in just 12 games for Mainz U-19. It didn’t go unnoticed and it is almost certain that he will make his first-team debut in the second part of the season. He is also a regular youth international for Germany – he started at the U-15 level and now he’s one of the leaders of the U-19 setup.

Quotes:

“He brings all the components with him: pace, athleticism, understanding of the game, and mentality.”

(Mainz coach Bo Svensson on Brajan Gruda)

Football Talent Scout potential rating:

8,5/10 

First team material in a top European league.

Links:

Transfermarkt

Soccerway

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