Julen Jon Guerrero: Son of a legend with an aura on the field

By FPL360


Talents Calendar 

Traditionally, there have always been many talented players who receive plenty of attention from the media. Gavi leads the players born in 2004 with a market value of €25 million, and the 17-year-old has already managed the jump to the big stage. Another player born in 2004 could soon turn head with his sporting abilities but also because of his last name could be Julen Jon Guerrero from Real Madrid

Talents Calendar 2020: Here is how the players have developed

Juan Cabrera | Germany | Market value: –

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Schalke’s Juan Cabrera was listed as Uruguayan in last year’s Talents Calendar. Since then he has opted for Germany.

Pipi Nakai | Japan | Market value: –

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Pipi Nakai has made the next step at Real Madrid and is now part of the reserve team. But he is still awaiting his debut in Spain’s third division.

Bradley Fink | Switzerland | Market value: –

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Youssoufa Moukoko’s footsteps were not too big: Bradley Fink has been scoring consistently for Dortmund’s U19 side.

Alejandro Iturbe | Spain | Market value: –

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Alejandro Iturbe is slowly being integrated into Atlético Madrid’s first team and has already made the bench once.

Ramen Cepele | Albania | Market value: –

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Ramen Cepele has struggled with some smaller injuries but nonetheless has already featured for Hannover 96 II in the Regionalliga.

Turan Calhanoglu | Germany | Market value: –

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2021 has been a year to forget for Turan Calhanoglu. Hakan Calhanoglu’s cousin struggled with injuries all seasons long.

Kelvin John | Tanzania | Market value: €100,000

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“As soon as I turn 18, I will move to a big club“, said Kelvin John last year. Promise kept, the forward joined KRC Genk ahead of the season.

Bikash Yumnam | India | Market value: €100,000

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Bikash Yumnam continues his dream of moving to Europe. But it has been baby steps for the RoundGlass Punjab FC defender.

Simon Ngapandouetnbu | France | Market value: €150,000

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Born in Cameroon Simon Ngapandouetnbu has opted for France and is still awaiting his debut for Olympique Marseille’s senior team.

Seong-jin Kang | South Korea | Market value: €225,000

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Seong-jin Kang has not just become a regular starter for FC Seoul but an important first team player.

Kluiverth Aguilar | Peru | Market value: €300,000

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That Kluiverth Aguilar would move to Europe was already certain last year. Signed by Manchester City, the right-back is currently under contract at Lommel SK, which also is part of the City Group.

Xavi Simons | Netherlands | Market value: €500,000

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For Xavi Simons the last season was a mixed back. First close to the first team, the talented attacking midfielder has been ignored by Mauricio Pochettino and is currently considering a transfer to another club.

Tommaso Baldanzi | Italy | Market value: €600,000

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Tommaso Baldanzi led FC Empoli’s U19 to the championship in the Primavera and is now part of the first team.

Marcelo Flores | Mexico | Market value: €600,000

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Mexiko, Canada or England: For now Marcelo Flores the talented midfielder has opted for Mexico’s U20 but it is expected that Flores will await a final decision as Canada remains in the mix to secure the services of the 18-year-old.

Ömer Beyaz | Turkey | Market value: €1 million

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In Ömer Beyaz another talented player found the way to the Bundesliga. The 18-year-old Turkish talent has joined VfB Stuttgart.

Patryck | Brazil | Market value: €1 million

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U17 world championPatryck is part of FC São Paulo’s first team but for now still without a game.

Louie Barry | England | Market value: €1 million

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Former Barça talent Louie Barry has made his debut for Aston Villa but is currently on loan at Ipswich Town.

Loizos Loizou | Cyprus | Market value: €1.5 million

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Loizos Loizou has already won his first title with Omonia Nicosia but a transfer to a bigger league has yet to materialize.

Hannibal Mejbri | Tunisia | Market value: €3m

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Hannibal Mejbri is the third player in the calendar to switch national teams. Previously with France, the Man United talent has since made the switch to Tunisia.

Luca Oyen | Belgium | Market value: €3m

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Luca Oyen continues to collect playing time with the first team but has struggled to show the sort of consistency he displayed last season.

Caden Clark | USA | Market value: €3.5 million

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Not surprising Caden Clark will join RB Leipzig this winter. This year the 18-year-old played his first full season with New York Red Bulls with whom he was eliminated in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson | Iceland | Market value: €4.5 million

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Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson has made the next step in his career and has joined FC Copenhagen.

Arsen Zakharyan | Russia | Market value: €9 million

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Arsen Zakharyan has developed into a top talent under head coach Sandro Schwarz at Dinamo Moscow and is one of the most important players at the club.

Yusuf Demir | Austria | Market value: €12 million

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Yusuf Demir has fulfilled his wish and joined FC Barcelona where he has already made his debut for the first team.

His father is Julen Guerrero, a legend at Athletic Bilbao and the Spanish national team, with whom he played at the 1994 and 1998 World Cup as well as Euro 1996. Right now, he is the coach of Spain’s U17 national team. There have also been rumors that he could take over the academy at Athletic Club. Julen Jon is also the nephew of Txefe Guerrero, who at the end of the 1990s played for Racing Santander and Real Sociedad in LaLiga

Guerrero Junior does not only carry his father’s name but also plays in a similar position. He is an attacking midfielder, a playmaker, or a false-9, a little bit further forward on the field than his father. His technique and ability to finish in front of the goal seem to be part of his genetics. Abilities that you can simply not learn. Guerrero can read the game, is playful, has capabilities that spectators like to watch; it all comes with a certain aura on the pitch. A similar build and haircut lead to further comparisons with his father. The only real difference between the two is the preferred foot. Unlike his father, Guerrero is left-footed. 

Talents Calendar Day 22: Julen Jon Guerrero

“The development of the playmaker at Real Madrid has already caught attention and hope; he is currently not far removed from Real’s second team Real Madrid Castilla, which is coached by club legend Raúl,” Tudela Rascón (tonitr9399), who is a Transfermarkt user and also works on the Spanish speaking Instagram account said. “His qualities include his left foot and his goalscoring instincts, which have already become apparent while playing for Spain’s junior national teams.”  

Like father, like son? Guerrero also scouted by Athletic Bilbao

After impressing at the previous junior national team levels, Guerrero has been a regular for Spain’s U18. The midfielder already made his debut in the UEFA Youth League last September and scored his first goal in his club’s 4-1 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol with his first ball contact of the game. 

Guerrero started his footballing career at Málaga’s academy but moved to the Spanish capital to play for Real Madrid in 2018. At the same time, his father began to work for Spain’s junior national teams (U15 and U16), which meant they moved to Madrid together. At Real, Guerrero has already worked with Raúl; it should not be a surprise if he is moved up to the second team sooner rather than later.

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11 Shola Shoretire – Manchester United – Market value: €3m

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As of December 16, 2021

11 Vinicius Tobias – Internacional – Market value: €3m

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7 Andreas Schjelderup – FC Nordsjaelland – Market value: €5m

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7 Matheus Nascimento – Botafogo – Market value: €5m

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7 Giovani – Palmeiras – Market value: €5m

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7 Sávio – Atlético Mineiro – Market value: €5m

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6 Julio Enciso – Club Libertad – Market value: €5.5m

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5 Kaiky – Santos – Market value: €6m

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4 Ângelo Gabriel – Santos – Market value: €7m

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3 Mohamed-Ali Cho – Angers – Market value: €12m

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2 Youssoufa Moukoko – BVB – Market value: €18m

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1 Gavi – Barcelona – Market value: €25m

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The midfielder still has a long path ahead of him and will have to work hard to become more than just the son of a legend. To step out of the shadow of their father has been difficult for many previous players. Especially, as his father will always be a part of LaLiga folklore after a violent clash with Diego Simeone. Whether son Julen Jon will become a legend in world football remains to be seen, but he certainly has the talent to make his own path. 

At Real Madrid, he certainly will be given an excellent football education. Furthermore, it is almost overdue for a player to emerge from the academy and make his way into the first team. The pathway from the academy to the first team has been plugged in recent years. But many talents have managed to become stars by taking a different route. Guerrero’s name comes with both hope and expectations that would undoubtedly fascinate the fans at Real Madrid. 

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Players that were developed by Real Madrid

“The doors at our club are open,” Athletic Bilbao president Aitor Elizegi said when asked not just about his future academy boss Julen Guerrero but also his son. In just a few years, the latter could become an important part of solving the club’s problems in attack. Because Julen Jon was born in Bizkaia, he would be allowed to play for Athletic Bilbao, who traditionally only sign Basque players. One thing seems for sure. The name Guerrero will remain present in the football world. 

From December 1 to 24, we introduce new players from different countries born in 2004. Area managers, users, and data scouts come into play as experts throughout the series. You can follow all those players by adding them to your TM watchlist.




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