Welcome to the first post in what I intend to be a regular series highlighting lesser known upcoming talent to keep an eye out for. This series will primarily focus on youth prospects but that’s not to say some more experienced pros (Possible late bloomers) won’t feature from time to time.
I can only apologise to the young man that I’ve selected for the premier post as he’s now destined to spend an unfulfilled career ploughing away in the lower leagues, transferring from club to club, never to be capped and retire before he’s turned thirty having been cursed by yours truly… step forward Victor Mollejo!
19-year-old Mollejo is instantly striking courtesy of his suffering from Alopecia. It’s his football talent that’s most striking though. The first player born this century to represent Atletico Madrid has already stated his desire to spend his entire career with the Metropolitano based club, excluding loans like the one that he’s currently on with Deportivo La Coruna. The Segunda Division it may be but the young winger has chipped in with a useful five goals from 23 games during the 2019-20 campaign to date. His tally for Atletico’s second team is an encouraging six in 29 but he’s yet to score in only four first team appearances. Mollejo is capped at under-16 all the way through to under-19 level for his native Spain. He’s accumulated 23 caps across the board complimented with six goals. If he can transfer the goal scoring contributions that he’s displayed in second team, second division and youth football to first team action then Atletico have got a player on their hands.
Mollejo has already been at Atletico for a decade and as mentioned, has expressed his intent to stay for at least another. So what can Mollejo actually offer? Well, he’s a lightweight (63kg) left-footed winger of average height (176cm) who, according to reports, likes to go forward and isn’t scared to cut inside. He doesn’t shy away from his defensive duties either and should slot seamlessly into Atletico’s style of play.
All the signs are hugely encouraging. Mollejo has skill in abundance but by all accounts has demonstrated a strong work ethic too. It’s to be hoped that as early as next season he can break into Atletico’s first team and cause ripples or maybe even waves in La Liga. Can he become a permanent feature of the Spanish national team for the next decade or more? If this blog is still going in ten years then I’ll let you know!