Villarreal have completed the signing of Nigerian teenager Quadri Liameed on a one year loan from 36 Lion.
As reported by Futbalgalore.com.ng, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs which will see the 18-year-old spend the next one year in Spain.
Speaking about the move, the Nigeria U20 international told Futbalgalore.com.ng: “I am happy to be with Villarreal now. The club is known for relying on young players and making them better.
“I want to learn a lot at the club, play a lot and help the team to be successful. I hope that we will have many happy moments together.”
Primarily a deep-lying midfielder, the 18-year-old is physically not the most dominating of players. However, standing at 1.80m, he is taller than some central defenders.
The youngster doesn’t rely on his height, though, and instead bases his game around intelligence and technique.
In possession, Quadri is a subtle but penetrative influence from the base of midfield. He likes to drop deep between the centre-backs to act as a first receiver before turning and looking to play vertical passes through the opposition’s defensive block.
He is comfortable receiving the ball with his back to goal and doesn’t falter easily under pressure, showcasing composure beyond his years along with graceful ball control and an ability to resist pressure using his awareness of space and positioning.
Quadri stay deep at all times, however. He does enjoy venturing further forward when appropriate, settling in a higher space to support his team’s possession game as it progresses up the pitch.
He will hold back slightly, as opposed to making forward forays beyond the opposition’s defensive line.
Taking up more of a back-seat, quarter-back role, he will look to take the ball and scan the opposition’s structure in search of holes for through balls to be played.
Defensively, Quadri again makes use of brain rather than brawn to win out. He doesn’t dive into tackles, remaining calm even in dangerous one-on-one situations in which he finds himself up against an attacker without nearby support from defensive team-mates.
An astute timer of tackles, he reads the game well and knows when to make his move to dispossess an opponent.
In these situations, he is unafraid to put his foot in or attempt a slide tackle, while he also makes good use of his body to shuffle opponents off the ball. In addition, he takes up good positions to make interceptions and cut-out attacks.
Quadri Liameed will be in action for Nigeria at the WAFU U20 Cup of Nations in Benin Republic.