Kendry Páez

Kendry Páez

Full name: Ray Kendry Páez Andrade

Country: Ecuador

Date of birth: 04/05/2007 (15 years old)

Place of birth: Ecuador

Height: —

Youth career: Independiente del Valle

Current club: Independiente del Valle

Squad number: —

Current national team: Ecuador U-17

Position: central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

Preferred foot: left

Market value (by —

Tournaments participated in: Adidas Cup 2022 (3/2)

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: James Rodríguez/Ángel Di María


– pace 

– dribbling 

– passing 

– vision 

– technique 

– ball control 

– creativity 

– first touch 

– athleticism 

– agility 

– long shots 

– football IQ 

– versatility 

– set-pieces 

To improve:

– able to dribble and score quite comfortably with it but still needs to work on the frequency and quality of using his weaker right foot

– gets frustrated a little bit too easily sometimes and argues with referees and even his teammates/I’ve got a feeling that he needs to work on the mental side of his game

Style of play:

– advanced playmaker

– able to play on both wings as well as the mix of wide playmaker and winger

– quite tall and skinny – should work on his physicality but it should come with age and may become his strength in the future

– creative player with excellent technique on the ball, mobility, acceleration skills, fast direction shifts, short-dribbling, and good short-mid through passing ability

– superb combination of a dribbler and creator who likes to speed up the game with his dribbling and passing skills/very capable of pushing his team forward to finishing positions

– likes to dribble

– likes to use body feints and tricks to get past his opponents

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

– likes to drift onto the wings

– often loses his markers with a superb first touch control

– extremely skillful and intelligent player who likes to have the ball at his feet and is able to make the difference at any time thanks to his dribbling skills and ability to play the final ball

– spectacular dribbler with futsal-esque close control who is able to make effective solo runs to beat the defensive line

– elegant on the ball with a silky touch

– his fantastic close control, footwork, body balance, and ‘quick feet’ allow him to drift past defenders with ease

– has the technique, vision, ability, and confidence to execute killer passes, and set up goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates

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

– displays a natural technique to take fast decisions in tight spaces/under pressure

– very positive on the ball, unpredictable, and confident of his skills

– superb spatial awareness and understanding of the game

– very interesting finishing, mid and long-range shooting skills/able to score spectacular goals from distance

– extremely dangerous on the counter thanks to his pace and movement

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

– still has a big margin to improve the efficiency in the defensive phase but his activity and tenacity when out of possession are very promising

– very good direct and indirect set-piece taker

Páez spots the movement of his teammate and provides him a superb through ball.
Páez shows his incredible vision and creativity and provides an amazing assist with a backheel pass.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Attacking midfielder in 4-2-3-1.



League summary (as for 1 January 2023):

No senior team appearances yet.


Kendry Páez is a product of the superb Independiente del Valle academy, one of the best youth systems in South America which developed many interesting talents in recent years such as Moisés Caicedo, Piero Hincapié, Gonzalo Plata, William Pacho, Jackson Porozo, Pedro Vite, Marco Angulo, Joel Ordóñez, and Moisés Ramírez. Kendry is considered to be one of the most talented players of his generation in South America and he will surely make his professional debut for El Matagigantes in 2023.


Football Talent Scout potential rating:


World-class potential.



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