There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!
Full Name: Naser Ismail Aliji
DoB: December 27th, 1993 (22)
PoB: Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia
Nationalities: Albanian, Macedonian
Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Winger (Left, Right)
Height: 1, 77m
Club: FC Basel 1893
Club Career Record: 126 Games, 5 Goals, 11 Assists
National Team Record: 4 Caps
The Grand Stand View
There are some academies whose graduates you’d bank on being decent footballers without thinking twice, FC Basel 1893 is quickly becoming one such institution; one of the latest examples of their great scouting network and development programme is a lad that represented Switzerland from u/15 to u/21 levels before choosing to become only the 2nd Macedonian born player to play for Albania.
Naser Aliji is a speed merchant fullback who makes running up and down the touchline at full speed for 90 minutes seems like an art form, one that he has mastered with time devoted to getting better; the Macedonian born fullback is a competitive yet gifted footballer with the engine to continually manoeuvre himself up and down the touchline, marshalling attackers away from his goal with persistent yet methodical hassling and great determination. Although he is relatively diminutive by classical defender standards, Naser displays great strength in the tackle and his timing in the challenge compliments his ability to track runners very well, as he often makes timely challenges that halt dangerous attacking runs before they cause too much damage.
The defensive side of his game remains with question marks lingering over it when it comes to his readiness for football at the international level, yet the talent & determination are there for Naser Aliji to put in the type of showings that make us all take note of his name as one of Albania’s players to watch in the years to come. Extremely mobile defenders are increasingly in demand, as more sides look to play a higher line during the high-pressing game, Aliji could see himself on the scouting lists of a few club representatives in France due to his great pace and knowledge on how to use it affectively.