Samson Baidoo: “Quiet type” with comparisons to Rüdiger and Upamecano

By FPL360



The last few seconds between VfL Wolfsburg and RB Salzburg in the Youth League are ticking down, it is 1-1, and the guests are launching one last attack. Samson Baidoo starts the attack, plays the ball to the wing, and then sprints forward into the opponent’s penalty box. There he receives the ball for a second time and the chance to win the game. Fully concentrated, with his eyes on the ball, just before he scores to make it 2-1. “It is something special,” the defender said to Transfermarkt when asked about his goalscoring instinct. “I will never forget this scene.” 

In action for the Jungbullen during the week in Europe, the center-back plays for FC Liefering on the weekends. There Baidoo has played since the start of the season and was one of the big winners in the 2. Liga market value update. The 17-year-old is a regular starter for his team. FC Liefering are second, five points behind table leaders Austria Lustenau. Impressive, considering that Liefering have the youngest team in the league with an average age of just 18.5. 

Baidoo has played 11 games, most of them over the full distance. “You notice that it is harder and more intense,” the talented defender said. “Physically, you notice that not all are in the same age category. There are many experienced players in the league who are fully aware of their abilities.” The defender spent the last few months adding muscle mass. “I need to be more robust and aggressive,” Baidoo said, explaining that those attributes are important to get used to the higher level. Baidoo believes it has been a good start despite the adjustments. “With time, it has gotten better and better,” the Austrian youth international said. 

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Juan Cabrera | Germany | Market value: –

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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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Ramen Cepele | Albania | Market value: –

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Turan Calhanoglu | Germany | Market value: –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ömer Beyaz | Turkey | Market value: €1 million

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Patryck | Brazil | Market value: €1 million

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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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Caden Clark | USA | Market value: €3.5 million

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

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Yusuf Demir | Austria | Market value: €12 million

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Baidoo on his playing style: “Sometimes I tease my opponents” 

The talented defender joined Liefering from Grazer AK in the winter of 2018. From there, he joined the academy of Liefering’s cooperation partner Salzburg. At Red Bull, Baidoo advanced through all youth teams before being brought into the first team at the beginning of the year by then head coach Jesse Marsch. Baidoo even made his debut under Marsch as a 16-year-old in a friendly. The Austrian outlet Laola1 later described Baidoo as a powerful defender whose physical presence was his biggest strength.

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“His vision and calmness when on the defensive but also when he has to play the first ball stand out,” TM user and Salzburg data scout oesterreicher_1 said. “Despite his young age, he plays beyond his years and is already a leader. Physically he is already quite far for his age as well,” the user continued. “I am the quiet type,” the defender said. “Sometimes I tease my opponents a little bit,” Baidoo explained and compared himself to Germany’s most valuable defender: Antonio Rüdiger.

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“He provokes forwards, tries to distract them—I admire that,” Baidoo said about Rüdiger. “Despite not being the captain, he is without a doubt the boss in defense.” Another player Baidoo looks up to is Dayot Upamecano. “I like the way he plays,” Baidoo said. The young star sees comparisons such as their opening pass, speed, and willingness to join the attack between himself and his two idols. But while the two defenders have already seen their career come to great heights, Baidoo is just at the beginning. “My current goals are to play a good season and to perform,” Baidoo said. The next step is to win titles, both on the national and international level. 

From December 1 to 24, we introduce new players from different countries born in 2003. 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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