Who will be the next great Balkan talent?

Category: Team Analysis

The Balkans has historically been one of the most productive areas in terms of football talent. We discover the talents of the future in Croatia and Serbia.

Published:14/07/2022

Although far removed as leagues from the top European leagues, both in terms of competitiveness and investment capacity, Croatia and Serbia are two of the places most watched and analysed by scouts from all over Europe. The Balkan territory has produced, relentlessly and for decades, an immense amount of top-level talent destined for the best leagues and teams on the continent. And there is no reason to think that its productivity will be interrupted. Therefore, concentrating on finding young players in these leagues is an opportunity with a higher success rate than in other specific areas, especially as the Serbian Super League 22/23 has just started in order to check the performance of some of these players.

We intend to filter our database for players under 21 years old who have excelled in Croatian and Serbian football in the last season, with at least 500 minutes played and with the potential to make the next step, as Hrvoje Smolcic (2000, heading to Eintracht Frankfurt) or Marko Milovanovic (2003, heading to Almeria) have done recently. Finding the next Lovro Majer, Josko Gvardiol or Dusan Vlahovic is no mean feat.

Croatia U-21 talents

Marko Bulat

The big sensation among the youngsters is Marko Bulat, a 20-year-old midfielder who has shone in his first 600 minutes with Dinamo Zagreb from Sibenik. A special player on the ball, with great ball control and distribution in the Croatian champions’ play. Despite playing in midfield, he creates almost two goalscoring chances per 90 minutes, in addition to a 91% passing success rate and more than 7 completed long passes.

Lukas Kacavenda

A playmaker with a remarkable key pass, he is the young player with the highest market value in Croatia (5M), thanks mainly to his goalscoring ability (six non-penalty goals in 2021/22). Although he has also played on one flank, his great determination is enhanced if he plays inside, behind the centre-forward. He is a regular starter for the Under-21s, despite being only 19 years old.

Hrvoje Smolcic

The biggest move in Croatian football in recent months has been that of defender Hrvoje Smolcic to Eintracht Frankfurt. The 21-year-old centre-back is a very complete, left-footed centre-back, very good in tackles and interceptions, which makes him very interesting to defend in the Bundesliga. His great ability to complete long passes completes a high-level profile for the recent Europa League champions.

Serbia U21 talents

Marko Milovanovic

A recent signing from Almeria, Marko Milovanovic is one of the most exciting up-and-coming talents in Serbian football. His 196 centimetres in height have not gone unnoticed by the newly promoted Spanish Primera. We are talking about a striker who, although he has not been successful in front of goal, has generated a large number of chances and shots. Surely what makes him even more attractive as a striker is his ability to assist and also be deep (6.51 touches in the box per 90 minutes).

Strahinja Erakovic

One of the most physical and complete centre-backs in the Serbian Super League is Strahinja Erakovic (2001), who has great numbers both defensively and as a playmaker from the back. His one-on-one superiority is reflected in his high success rate when trying to get his leg in for a steal (tackles/was dribbled) and a relevance with the ball well above the best 10% of the Serbian league 2021/22.

Nemanja Jovic

Nemanja Jovic is one of those profiles that are hard to find: wingers who, in addition to dribbling, have a strong presence in the box and determination in finishing. In his 1389 minutes last season, the 19-year-old Jovic was among Serbia’s top nine wingers in four metrics related to finishing and shooting. With good dribbling numbers and somewhat more discreet crosses, Jovic makes it clear what kind of player he is.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in the statistical analysis of players and teams; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 200,000 players from more than 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
For Team Analysis we also recommend you:

Driblab announces partnership with PFSA to drive scouting through data

Driblab announces partnership with PFSA to drive scouting through data

driblabPRO – Release Notes – Second Quarter – 2024

We have deployed new functionalities and resources that streamline all the work of football professionals. driblabPRO updates and launches the following improvements for its clients and users in the football scouting world.

U21 Talents – Uruguay Apertura

U21 Talents – Uruguay Apertura

EURO U17: BEST ‘XI’ + 6 SUBS

EURO U17: BEST ‘XI’ + 6 SUBS

Udinese Calcio Announces Strategic Partnership with Driblab

A collaboration to Enhance Advanced Statistics and Scouting Solutions

Letter From The CEO

Letter From The CEO

UEFA Champions League Final 23/24: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Final 23/24: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Sharjah FC and Driblab sign partnership agreement

Sharjah FC and Driblab sign partnership agreement.

Generating and conceding: the clearest chances in the Top-5 leagues

Which teams generate and concede the clearest chances? We could look at shots on goal for and against, but we would be missing out on the quality of these chances.

Real Betis and Driblab renew their collaboration agreement

Real Betis and Driblab renew their collaboration agreement

Driblab

Información corporativa

Somos una empresa con sede en Madrid fundada en 2017 por Salvador Carmona y Cristian Coré Ramiro. Desde nuestros inicios nuestro trabajo se ha centrado en el análisis estadístico de datos para ayudar a los clubes en la planificación deportiva. Somos una consultora big data que ofrece servicios personalizados para cada cliente y defiende un modelo de gestión mixto y una comunicación constante para acompañar el día a día de las instituciones. Nuestro punto fuerte es la más amplia cobertura disponible en número de torneos profesionales y juveniles. Para más detalles, póngase en contacto con nosotros.

Colaboramos con:

           

Hemos aparecido en: