Julio Enciso: The “diamond of Paraguayan football” wants to go to Europe

By FPL360


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The honor is well deserved. Julio Enciso from Club Libertad was voted Jugador Revelación, the revelation of the year, by Paraguay’s football federation APF. The 17-year-old forward had an unbelievable year. Enciso broke into the first squad of the Apertura winner, was nominated for the Copa América, and helped his club reach the semifinal of the Copa Sudamericana

Enciso is considered the biggest talent in Paraguay’s football since Miguel Almirón, who now plays for Newcastle United in the Premier League. With a market value of €5.5 million, the 17-year-old is the most valuable player in the Primera División and one of the ten most valuable players in his age category. Enciso has already played over 50 league games for Libertad. (ten goals and five assists). That includes goals in the Copa Libertadores—where he was the youngest player of this century—and the Sudamericana. The forward made his debut at the country’s richest club in 2019, when he was only 15. 

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Pipi Nakai | Japan | Market value: –

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Bradley Fink | Switzerland | Market value: –

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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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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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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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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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Loizos Loizou | Cyprus | Market value: €1.5 million

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Hannibal Mejbri | Tunisia | Market value: €3m

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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.

“Of course, I am proud that I am being noticed as it means that my hard work pays off,” Enciso said in an interview with Transfermarkt when asked about his market value. The technically gifted and fast right-footed Paraguayan has been praised for being humble despite his progress. Last November, he finished secondary school while already training full-time with the first team. 

At a glance: Enciso Debut/Goal Debut 

Julio Enciso: Fast, strong dribbler and experience earned from Óscar Cardozo 

On the pitch, Enciso often plays together with striker Sebastián Ferreira or the national treasure Óscar Cardozo, who has been almost like a father figure for the young striker. The 38-year-old is a very different player than Enciso, but his positioning and coldness in front of goal is a perfect role model. 

Talents Calendar Day 21: Julio Enciso

Enciso has played as a center-forward and an on the wing—but he is most comfortable when he can play around a more natural center-forward. Louis Smith from The Paraguay Football Blog describes Enciso as a player with a high work rate who runs at opponents’ backlines, forcing defenders into mistakes. As a result, the 17-year-old is comfortable in a high-pressing style and when his team sits deep against better opponents. “I consider myself an attacker,” Enciso said when asked about his role. “I can play all positions in the front but also just behind the attacking line.”

A scouting report by totalfootballanalysis.com highlighted Enciso’s ability to dribble, shots from a distance, his movement with the ball, and his speed. “Enciso is already performing far above his age level, and it’s sometimes easy to forget that he is just 17 years old,” the report highlights. “There are some clear areas of improvement in his game, such as his crossing, through balls, shot selection, and aerial ability, but that’s what you’d expect for a 17-year-old – especially one performing at first-team level.”

Enciso wants to head to Europe: “The next football star from South America?” 

Enciso can find room by making diagonal runs and by creating space within the box. But because he is only 173cm and 64kg heavy, the forward is not quite ready yet to convert high balls. The report by totalfootballanalysis also highlights this. When it comes to his physical development, Enciso still has room to grow. But that is also normal for his age. “Enciso is a pacy winger with the ability to change direction and an eye for goal; Enciso has all the potential to be one of the future stars from South America for club and country,” NBC Sports journalist Roberto Rojas said in a conversation with Transfermarkt.

At the moment, Enciso is being scouted by both European and North American clubs. Many players from Paraguay opted to head to Major League Soccer or Liga MX before making the move to Europe. “I would like to play in Europe. That is my aim, and that is what my representative Pedro Aldave and I are working towards,” Enciso said when asked about his next step last fall. Perhaps already in January when he turns 18 but most certainly next summer. 

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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