At GSV, we take the self allotted duty of enlightening our readers on all matters sports related awfully seriously, particularly when it comes to informing the fraternity as a whole about the stars of the future on the rise as well as those that are already making a splash in the fraternity at a tender young age; we are proud to present to you the GSV Hot List, the most authoritative young African talent index in the entire football realm. The GSV Hot List is our selection of the best u/23 footballers with tasty and informative food for thought to feed the purist, we rank the lads against their competitors in their positions and give you our take on the player; we aim to ensure that you remain entertained, informed and enlightened while growing your knowledge base. This is the Mzansi football edition of the GSV Hot List, we will provide you with the quintessential player index of all the premier youth Mzansi football talent in the fraternity; the GSV Hot List is your one stop shop to all your Mzansi stars of the future.
DoB: May 8th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Cape Town; South Africa
Caps & Goals: Uncapped
Position/s: Ball-Winning Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder
Height: 1, 78m
Club: Ajax Cape Town F.C.
Club Jersey No: 6
Appearances & Goals: 35 Apps, 3 Goals
Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2017
Development Academy: Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy
Market Value: R 2 275 000
GSV Potential Indicator: 4/5 (Linda Buthelezi)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
When Ajax Cape Town started selling off the bulk of their established first teamers and returned to their policy of fielding more of their development products, very few within the Mzansi football fraternity knew just how much talent the Urban Warriors had at their disposal; Travis Graham ranks as one of the classiest footballers to come out of an academy that has made a craft out of producing elite level young footballers of an extremely high quality. As far as defensive midfield players go, the Ajax skipper is a modern age marvel worthy of endless admiration for his superlative levels of maturity and ability; very few would have imagined that the lad would develop at the rate that he continues to grow at. Ajax have had to fight off interest from clubs overseas that have recognised the genius that is Travis, one gets the impression that he has a season and a half to go before he is truly ready to make the leap onto the next level as a footballer; South African football will benefit from having a talent like Graham to call on in midfield as he has the ability to form part of an outstanding young national side going forward. A natural ball winner with the insane ability to not only win the ball but also distribute it effectively while being blessed with great positional sense, Travis Graham has all the tools to develop into one of the finest regista’s from Africa once he puts his entire game together.