Football scouting blog
Name: Musa Yahaya Age: 17 years old (born 16 Dec 1997)
Club: Tottenham Hotspurs (awaiting work permit)
League: U21 Premier League Division Height: 176cm, 5’8” Position: Attacking midfielder/Left winger
A possible African superstar of the future, with such great skill he has been dubbed “the Nigerian Iniesta” and much is expected from this young seventeen year old. Played a major role in Nigeria’s 2013 Fifa U17 World Cup winning team and finished with four goals from seven games.
An incredible pacy midfielder who has incredible stamina for such a young player. Fairly athletic and although he is not the biggest, he knows how to use his strength to shield the ball when needed.
He is dubbed “the Nigerian Iniesta”, mainly due to the fact, he possesses good creativity and passing ability for someone so young although, he can at times be inconsistent. In fact, his biggest strength is his ability to beat a player, a terrific dribbler who can nutmeg players for fun. He has an abundance of skill and he recently demonstrated his incredible repertoire with a “rabona” pass which went viral in U20 world cup game. A right footed, left winger who is very capable with both feet and has the ability to score long range screamers.
His dribbling is his strength and that accompanied with his pace makes him a terrific player when playing on the counter attack. He does love to drift from the left wing to central areas throughout a match and does prefer to go through defenders than around them. A skill that this wonderkid has shown to be in complete in control off, he does resemble a young Gael Kakuta who was once seen as the next superstar from France but failed to make an impact in England. However, Musa Yahaya is seen to have even greater potential and at seventeen has already seen clubs enquiring Tottenham for a chance to take him on loan. As Babawo Mohammed, the player’s agent says:
”…He is training with both the Under 17 and Under 21 squad, but plays matches for the Under 17s. His level is higher than their Under 17 team. Fifa changed the rules. There’s no way Celta Vigo can play him since he is not yet 18. So he is no more joining Celta Vigo. Spurs will give him a one – month break before he rejoins the club in November,”
At seventeen years old, there are not many midfielders his age that can boast his skill or even his tactical awareness. Already seen by Tottenham Hotspurs as better than his peers and other clubs already enquiring about his availability, this wonderkid is destined for big things. A player with all the skill to one day be a star of not only his country but possibly in world football.