Villarreal youngster Quadri Liameed has quickly emerged as one of Nigeria’s brightest young talents, but you would be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of him.
The 18-year-old is actually yet to make a first-team appearance for the main team of the Yellow Submarine but was a debutant for the B side against C.D Benicarlo on Sunday.
So with this, we’ve decided to run through five key things to know about the rising star…
Style of Play?
Quadri may be young, but he plays with a maturity well beyond his years.
The 18-year-old has the ability to play in many positions, during his time with 36 Lion, the youngster has played in central midfield, behind the striker and even as a right winger. He’s a player not to be pinned down to one position, with his flexibility surely being a positive when Villarreal decided to sign him.
Some of his greatest assets are his strength and his ability to thread a through-ball to the striker with relative ease.
With a wide range of skills, from being able to pass at a range of distances and quality to his box-to-box midfield mentality, it is his ability to play at a much higher age range and standard than his young age that is impressive.
As alluded to above, he’s fast, he’s got a fantastic range of passing and he loves to have a go at goal.
He is just 180cm tall. Quadri is a gifted footballer and his height allows him to create some of the magical moments he has done in his short career to date.
What Are His Stats Like?
When a club sign a new player, fans are always keen to know their new recruit’s stats.
At youth level, the teenager has excelled.
Why? Well, in his over 100 games for 36 Lion youth team, he bagged 45 goals and many assists.
Quadri’s performances at the 2019 African Games saw him garner even more praise. Yes, he went on to score goals during the tournament and was a key player in helping Flying Eagles reach the final.
Many are wondering how Villarreal discovered the young playmaker.
The Spanish club have been monitoring the young lad for a long time. In January 2018, Quadri got the MVP in a 12-team tournament organized in Lagos. That was how they kept close tabs on his development.