Young Talent of the Week: Lee Seung-Woo
January 24, 2016:
Already being called the “Korean Messi,” Lee Seung-Woo is an attacking midfielder (sometimes playing in a forward position) for FC Barcelona’s reserve team, FC Barcelona B. He was lured to the Spanish giant at the age of 12, reportedly hoping to play with Messi.
Seung-Woo immediately put together a string of impressive performances for the U-13s that started the hype train, scoring 39 goals in 29 matches.
The player is known for his blistering pace and dribbling that allows him to blow by defenders with ease. He possesses a high soccer IQ complements his technical ability, vision, passing accuracy and his ability to play quick balls perfectly to make him an attacking threat to be reckoned with.
He is also known for his somewhat cocky attitude, for example getting angry when being subbed out on occasion. While this can present a potential warning sign for his future, it also shows his passion for the game and his desire to play.
Critics of the player mention his strength, often getting shoved off the ball with ease, and his arial ability as his greatest issues. But then again, they said the same thing about Messi and Maradona as young players.
Seung-Woo was recently been given the opportunity to train with the first team by coach Luis Enrique after a transfer ban was leveled against FC Barcelona in the 2014-2015 season that prevented him and 8 other La Masia (Barcelona’s youth academy) players from playing for the club until the age of 18 for not following FIFA regulations regarding purchasing international youth players.
The transfer ban likely hampered his development somewhat and raised questions about his future at the club, but ultimately he spent his time well with the South Korean national football team, helping to lead the team to finish second at the AFC Championships and Montaigu Tournament in 2014. And given that he is at one of the best clubs in the world for youth development, he’ll catch up whatever benefits he would have gotten from training quickly.
Whether he becomes the next Messi or not, or whether he gets to play with Messi or not, he will be a great attacking player in the future if he continues to develop his game and remain passionate about becoming one of the greatest.
If you would like to see some of his highlights, click here.