Football scouting blog
Name: Kingsley Michael Age: 16 years old (born 26 August 1999 )
Club: Abuja FC League: Nigeria Nationwide League
Height: 176 cm, 5’7 Position: DM/CM
Kingsley Michael is a young box-to-box midfielder from Nigeria, who was part of the impressive Nigeria U17 team that won the FIFA U17 World Cup. His performances along with tournament top scorer, Nigeria’s number 9, Victor Osihmen were some of the highlights for the team. A humble and ambitious lad whose career in football, almost didn’t happen. As his father, Dogo Michael stated to Nigeria’s News24;
”At the start, I never wanted him to play football, I wanted him to go to the Academy and become a military man. But when he was in primary school, they always tipped him to become as successful as Nwankwo Kanu and Emmanuel Amuneke.” News24.com.ng
At such a young age, he is still growing but he does seem equipped to play against players a couple years older. He has boundless energy and is a very industrious player, both defensively and offensively. High work rate and stamina which are key to the success he is currently having at this role so far. He is still not the strongest and not yet done in his physical development. Quite pacy and can cover good distances, this makes him an effective box to box midfielder and/or ball winning midfielder.
He technique is decent, in terms of his first touch and general on the ball confidence for his role on the pitch. A very capable passer but he doesn’t have the biggest of passing ranges and also his creativity is nothing all that special. However, his tackling and marking are impressive, especially his marking. He can hound an opposing player tirelessly without being reckless. And, also capable of putting pressure on the opposition and use his body well to get the ball off his opponents.
Tactically, he enjoys being on the front foot and loves to play at high tempo so he is always eager to press. This can be a good and a bad thing depending on the team, he might ends up playing in the near future. He has knack of anticipating danger and opportunities to press and maximise his chances of interception. Also, loves to arrive late in the box with runs from deep from midfield into scoring opportunities. He can be impatient at times in his role in protecting the back four and his positioning sense still has room for improvement.
Potential: (World class)
A young and industrious midfielder with an appreciation for hard work. And, if he can avoid issues with work permits like some African youngster have had in the past, it won’t be long till he is part of one of Europe’s top academy.
Plays similar to: Ramires (Chelsea FC)