Naj Razi: Profile, playing style, scouting report
Naj Razi is a 17-year-old Irish footballer who is currently plying his trade in the Irish first division with Shamrock Rovers and is currently one of the best-talented players in the whole country, many top clubs in Europe are chasing him to sign for them. His recent performances in the U-17 European championships in Hungary have attracted a lot of attention.
Real Madrid is currently in the front runners in this race, but the LaLiga leaders face stiff competition from Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea in the hunt for Shamrock Rovers starlet Naj Razi. At just seventeen he is an amazing player who is very versatile and can play on both wings and as an advanced playmaker.
Naj Razi made his Shamrock Rovers first-team debut on 23 July 2023 against Dundalk FC in the FAI Cup. On 22 September 2023, he made his League of Ireland debut against UCD. Razi scored his first goal for the Ireland U17 side against Armenia U17 in October 2022. In February 2023, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Hungary U17.
Naj Razi played for the Irish U17 team at the 2023 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. He scored as Ireland beat Wales U17 and helped the Irish side reach the quarter-finals. Razi was named the FAI’s U-17 player of the year in June 2023 at the FAI International Football Awards.
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Naj has represented Ireland at U-16 and U-17 levels, for the U-16 national team he has made eleven appearances and netted once, while with U-17 national team has made fourteen appearances and scored four times. He has also played in UEFA youth leagues but he was not able to score goals in the tournament. Played in the UEFA Europa Conference League where he made two appearances. Also made two appearances in the Irish top division. He also played in the famous FAI Cup.
Naj Razi’s Playing Style
He is an advanced playmaker, he is not the tallest but he’s a player with a good body mass ratio and stocky build who’s not afraid of physical duels and wins a fair share of them. A player with superb technique on the ball, fast direction shifts, short-dribbling, and good short-mid through passing ability.
He can make dangerous on and off-the-ball runs into the penalty area and often likes to shoot from a distance. He has a very good vision to execute killer passes and set up goalscoring opportunities for his teammates. Very comfortable in quick combination and one-touch play. Very versatile player and can play on both wings. He uses his weak left foot a few times but still, he is very capable of creating a threat to the opposition.
Similar types of Players
He is very similar to English International and Tottenham Hotspur player James Maddison. Just like Maddison, he is difficult to defend against because the quality of his passing and control makes him a double threat. He is always looking to make dangerous plays in the attacking half, with opponents unable to risk standing off him due to the possibility he will pull off a line-breaking pass. His dribbling ability and playing style is very similar to the Spurs player.
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