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 By Alex Labidou
about an hour ago

Scouting America: Rubio Rubin can be a versatile weapon for the U.S.

ESPN FC's Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman wrap up a tremendous year for the United States and wonder if 2015 will be a letdown.

After teenage forward Rubio Rubin made his United States debut in the recent friendly against Colombia, ESPN FC asked a scout who currently works for a Champions League club in one of Europe's top leagues (England, Spain, Italy or Germany) to assess the potential of the 18-year-old.

Here is his scouting report:

Strengths

"Rubin is technically gifted, smart, and physically capable of holding his own and put in a steady and mature performance against one of the world's best sides in Colombia. He showed...

 By Chris Atkins
2 days ago

Bayern youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ready to fill Philipp Lahm void

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has been ruled out for three months with a broken ankle.

As a 19-year-old at one of the biggest clubs on earth, decisions can be difficult to make. On the one hand, players are normally understandably confident of their own ability to eventually make first-team level -- self-belief being a prerequisite to reach the very top level. Yet, for many, there is also a stark understanding of the realities of the challenge they face.

For Bayern Munich's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, that time has come. Once of Brondby, the Denmark international midfielder is now in his...

 By Chris Atkins
Nov 4, 2014

Anderlecht youngster Youri Tielemans backed for the big time

Anderlecht have floundered recently in their domestic campaign after their crushing loss to Arsenal on matchday three.

Youri Tielemans

D.o.B: March 7, 1997
Club: Anderlecht
Position: Central midfield
Nationality: Belgian
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Estimated value: 16 million euros

A young Youri Tielemans joined Anderlecht at the age of 5 in 2002, beginning a path to the top of the club that would see him eventually make his first-team debut shortly after his 16th birthday. In the process, he became the fourth-youngest player in the Belgian club's history.

Such feats and records have become standard in his career thus far, becoming the third youngest player in the history of the Champions League just a couple of months later. Remarkably, he has never looked out of place on...

 By Chris Atkins
Oct 28, 2014

Nigerian striker Moses Simon making his name at Slovakian side AS Trencin

Moses Simon
Nigerian striker Moses Simon is attracting attention.

It is fair to say that Slovakia's AS Trencin are not the most fashionable of European clubs. Indeed, many supporters (perhaps with the exception of Hull City fans) would not even be aware of their existence.

Yet, the small club that only won promotion from the second division in 2011 have been attracting a lot of attention of late. Guided by owner and former Ajax player Tschen La Ling they have lofty ambitions and, as part of those plans, have developed a player recruitment strategy aimed at buying...

Oct 14, 2014

Diego Rolan delivering on his potential at Ligue 1 and Uruguay

Uruguayan forward Diego Rolan is becoming a scoring threat at Bordeaux, even if he needs to bulk up to play his favoured central striker role.

The start of the Ligue 1 season has not quite gone to script, with expected runaway champions Paris Saint-Germain currently five points off the pace set by Marseille nine games into the campaign. With Willy Sagnol's Bordeaux also sneaking in ahead of the Parisien side, the season ahead is beautifully poised at this early stage.

What is highly impressive about the French top flight is its ability to constantly replenish itself with talents as more established names move on and this year is no different....

Oct 4, 2014

Scouting Report: Jose Luis Gaya is the left-back of the future for Valencia

Jose Gaya is tipped for a bright future in the game.

Jose Luis Gaya

D.o.B: May 25, 1995
Club: Valencia
Position: Left-back
Nationality: Spanish
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Estimated value: £8 million

A local of Pedreguer, Jose Gaya has begun the season as first-choice left-back for Valencia CF under manager Nuno Espirito Santo. A product of the club's academy system, Gaya has come right through the ranks at the Mestalla and is seen as one of the best prospects to emerge in many years. Fortunately, thanks to the summer departure of Juan Bernat to join FC Bayern, a route to first-team football has emerged at the right time for his development.

A regular with Spanish youth teams from under-16...