Benjamin Fredrick

Benjamin Fredrick

Country: Nigeria

Date of birth: 28/05/2005 (18 years old)

Place of birth: Nigeria

Height: 187cm

Previous clubs: Simoiben FC, ABS FC (loan), Nasarawa United (loan)

Current club: Simoiben FC

Squad number: —

Current national team: Nigeria U-20

Position: central defender, right-back

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by 150.000 €

Tournaments participated in: 2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (6/0), 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup (4/0)

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: CAA Base

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Éder Militão


– tackling 

– ability to read the game

– anticipation  

– positioning  

– pace  

– agility  

– aerial duels  

– athleticism

To improve:

– a very complete profile for a centre-back of his age, but still needs to work hard to improve/polish some elements of his game such as physicality, progressive passing, and playing under pressure

Style of play:

– complete and dominant central defender

– player with a decent body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations

– can also cover the right-back position if needed and could be an interesting option to play as a RCB in a three-man defensive line

– likes to leave the line and prefers an active style of defending by getting into challenges, pressing opponents, and anticipating their moves

– excellent reactions and positioning

– good pace at all distances, agility, and coordination

– likes to spread play with good long-range diagonals

– able to play in a high line

often cuts or intercepts passes and crosses near or inside his penalty area/concentrated in the defensive phase with very good reading of the game, timing, and anticipation

above-average composure, passing skills, and confidence in possession

– committed, tenacious, and positively aggressive player, who likes duels and has a very high percentage of challenges won

usually plays clean and doesn’t get booked very often

– not the tallest, but quite dominant in the air thanks to his timing, agility, and good jumping technique

– decent leadership skills/potential leader of the defensive line

Fredrick reads the game well, outpaces his opponent, and intercepts the pass.
Fredrick reads the game superbly and intercepts a dangerous cross.
Fredrick stays well on his feet and cuts a very dangerous pass.

Heatmap by Wyscout:

He is best suited to playing as:

Central defender in 4-3-3.



2023 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place with Nigeria.

League summary (as for 17 August 2023):

NPFL 2022/2023: 6 games/0 goals (Nasarawa United)


Benjamin Fredrick is considered to be one of the most talented teenage centre-backs in Africa. In 2023, he represented his country and was one of Nigeria’s leaders at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the Super Eagles showed a superb generation of players such as Daniel Daga, Samson Lawal, Solomon Agbalaka, Victor Eletu, Sunday Jude, Abel Ogwuche, and Daniel Bameyi.


Football Talent Scout potential rating:


First team material in a top European league.





Leave a Reply