Skip to content

Sky Sports Scout - Alen Halilovic

Sky Sports Scout is where we scour the globe looking for the best talent. Next up is Alen Halilovic.

We run the rule over Dinamo Zagreb starlet Alen Halilovic

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find. Our Scout will report back and you can comment on what you think of our appraisal. Also, in association with Football Manager, we give all readers the chance to win a copy of the latest game by nominating a player. You can only nominate a player by emailing here, including the word 'Scout' in your subject line and please check to make sure we have not already covered the player. Should your player get reviewed by our scout, and you were first to send in his name, then you will win a copy of Football Manager 2013. You can also now interact with the scout via his all new Twitter feed! You can get in touch with him and interact here or just search for @skysportsscout! Latest under our scout's gaze is Dinamo Zagreb's Alen Halilovic

The scout reports...

We check on one of the most talked about young players on the planet - Dinamo Zagreb's Alen Halilovic. Still on 16, Halilovic has already set a trail of records. In September this year he made his debut for Dinamo - becoming the youngest player in Croatian history. Ten days later he scored, making him the youngest ever scorer. He is now a regular in the Dinamo squad and became their youngest ever Champions League player when he featured against Paris Saint Germain in November. He is the son of Sejad Halilovic, who was a distinguished player in his own right, playing for a number of clubs including Zagreb and Real Valladolid, and he also played internationally for Croatia and Bosnia. Halilovic could very well have started his career elsewhere as Dinamo had to battle to hold onto his services. When he was aged 14, Real Madrid spotted him at a youth tournament and tried to sign him. They held talks with Sejad, but Dinamo were not willing to release him and so he stayed put and signed a four-year scholarship. It was not long before he began making huge strides through the youth ranks and there were even calls for him to play aged 15 - but it was not until he was 16 years and 102 days that he got the call. Often likened to Luka Modric - it really is uncanny how similar in size, stature and even looks the two are - and yes Halilovic plays very much like the Real Madrid star. Behind the front-men, attacking from midfield, Halilovic is a wonder for his age. Unlike Modric he is left-footed but that almost shows him off in a more elegant fashion and it could be argued his finishing is better. Clearly he is far from Modric in terms of his general play and passing - but you could argue they were cast from the very same mould. Like his father, Halilovic will also have to decide about his international future - Croatian-born and he has come through the youth ranks with Croatia - he is eligible to play for Bosnia and a final decision has yet to be made.

The scout says...

Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City are at the head of a very lengthy queue to secure Halilovic - it really is a question of when and not if this boy will make a multi-million pound switch to one of Europe's biggest clubs. He has his pick of clubs, and only the player - with his father guiding him - will decide. Hopefully he won't be rushed and his burgeoning talent will continue to blossom.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 8 out of 10 Passing: 8 out of 10 Tackling: 6 out of 10 Heading: 6 out of 10 Pace: 8 out of 10 Vision: 9 out of 10 Current ability: 8 out of 10 Potential ability: 10 out of 10 OVERALL SCOUT RATING:63/80 Current value: £12million Potential value: £80million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Alen Halilovic - now we want your views. Have you seen Halilovic in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it? Get in touch, either using the form below, email or the scout's Twitter feed - @skysportsscout And if you have spotted anyone you think we should feature then please get in touch using the same form. We will look to send out the Scout to follow up your leads.

Around Sky