Full name: Talal Abubakr Haji
Country: Saudi Arabia
Date of birth: 16/09/2007 (15 years old)
Place of birth: Saudi Arabia
Youth career: Al-Ittihad Club
Current club: Al-Ittihad Club
Squad number: —
Current national team: Saudi Arabia U-17
Preferred foot: left
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup (4/2)
Contract until: unknown
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Terem Moffi
– off-the-ball movement
– shot power
– link-up play
– a very complete skillset for a striker of his age but still needs to keep working on polishing his some elements of his games such as first touch and composure in the final third
Style of play:
– modern target man
– tall player (should reach around 185-190cm) with a superb body mass ratio who can develop extremely well physically in the coming years
– energetic with a lot of activity and good off-the-ball movement in and around the opposition box
– good agility and excellent pace over longer distances
– mobile player who’s very skillful at beating his markers and evading pressure
– his physical power, aerial ability, and technique allow him to play fruitfully with his back to the goal/able to either link-up play or lose his marker with a quick turn while playing with back to goal
– often moves deeper into midfield and draws defenders with him in order to create and exploit spaces for his teammates
– generates many flick-ons and passes into the channels for his teammates to utilize
– great sense of positioning while receiving through balls
– fast and mobile player who’s also prolific when attacking from wing/deep
– counter-attacking weapon thanks to his pace and acceleration
– extremely difficult to knock off the ball thanks to his strength, ability to shield the ball, and decent close control
– likes to take advantage of the carelessness of the opponents/always alert to capitalize on defensive mistakes
– possesses powerful mid-range and long-range shooting skills
– aerial threat in the opposition box, both from open play and set-pieces
– good activity and tenacity in pressing/work rate out of possession
– operates quite comfortably with his right weaker foot
Haji dribbles past the goalkeeper and scores after a fantastic run from the halfway line.
Haji loses his markers with a superb back to goal play and provides a good pass to the wing.
Haji scores with a clinical header after a very good cross.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre-forward in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 24 July 2023):
No senior team appearances yet.
Talal Haji is a product of the Al-Ittihad Club youth academy. He is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in Saudi Arabia. In June 2023, he was the youngest member of his national team at the AFC U-17 Asian Cup, where young Saudians made it to the quarter-final and showed an interesting generation of players.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European league ambition.