I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog highlighting external players who have potential. These will primarily be youths but there could be a few reports where I focus on older players (possibly closer to the big reviews). I’ll try to get one of these out every 2-4 weeks depending how busy I am, I will also be making sure the players I include aren’t on other teams shortlists so I don’t ruin other teams scouting plans. I’m not sure how long these will be, and the level of info will vary for each player but hopefully it’s something that is enjoyable and that I can keep up.
Farid El Melali.
Having joined SCO Angers in August from Algerian side Paradou AC, El Melali was originally used sparsely by the Ligue 1 team. He made a 14 minute substitute appearance in the 3rd game of the season and made just two more appearances off the bench until mid season. However, he has now begun to be a regularly used late substitute and played in 5 games in a row for the 12th placed team. He picked up an assist against Nantes and could become a regular in the side if he continues to settle well. The right winger is contracted to the club until 2023 and has already represented Algeria twice. The 21-year-old is rated 78 on Soccer Manager and is valued at £600,000 which is a low price for any team. While at the moment he is fairly generic, he could quickly rise if he becomes a regular at Angers.
After facing relegation with Silkeborg IF last season, Skytte joined FC Midtjylland for £450,000 and is now on loan at AC Horsens. The 21-year-old has been a regular in the centre, making 18 appearances in the Superligaen picking up 2 assists. Skytte has also made 3 appearances for the reserve team where scored 2 goals and assisted 1. Standing at 190cm, Skytte brings a dominant physical presence to the midfield. He has played for the Denmark U21 side and will hope to feature for Midtjylland next season after his successful loan. Soccer Manager value Skytte at £500,000 making him a solid pick up with his 78 rating.
Since arriving at Dusseldorf in 2011, Iyoha has progressed through the youth levels before breaking into the senior team durinf the 16/17 season. He made 17 appearances before being loaned out to 3.Liga side VfL Osnabruck last season. He made 25 appearances, netting 4 goals and assiting 2 more. Now aged 21, the striker is on loan at Erzgebirge Aue in the 2.Bundesliga. He has played in 17 games in which time he has set up 5 goals and scored 2 himself. The 6’3″ forward has also featured for Germany at U19 and U20 levels. Iyoha is rated 77 and can be bought for just £600,000 in Top 100. Iyoha has impressed this season averaging a rating of 6.78 this season according to Who Scored. He could potentially look at returning to Dusseldorf next season to play in the top tier of German football.
A free transfer arrival at SC Paderborn this summer, Vasiliadis has been quick to settle at his new club. The 21-year-old was eased into the starting line up but impressed on his debut when he picked up an assist in a 2 minute appearance against Koln. In his next game he was given over 30 minutes and impressed again when he scored his first goal for the club. Since becoming a regular starter he has continued to improve and has now increased his tally to 3 goals and 7 assists in all competitions. He has averaged a rating of 6.97 according to Who Scored, he is also has the 4th highest aerials won at Paderborn which is impressive for a 5’9″ centre midfielder. The German is currently rated 76 and would cost just £340,000 for an interested club. Paderborn are currently 3 points off automatic promotion meaning he could be playing in the Bundesliga next season. If the team were to miss out on promotion it would be no shock to see him move up a division to a new team given his impressive season.
Another free summer arrival, Schnegg joined FC Liefering in the second tier of Austria. Liefering are a feeder club of RB Salzburg. The 20-year-old has been the number 1 left back this season but can also play further up the left. The Austrian has provided a goal and an assist this season for Liefering. With RB Leipzig captain Andreas Ulmer now 33, there will be a gap at left back in the near future. This could potentially be filled by the talented full back. Schnegg is rated 75 and valued at just £340,000 on Soccer Manager. He could be a quick riser if he plays his cards right and could end up at Salzburg or possibly even Leipzig in the near future.