Dušan Vlahović: The next big thing?

There is a new name which seems to be set to attract attention from some of the biggest clubs all over Europe, we are talking about the 21-year-old Serbian wonderkid Dušan Vlahović. The Serbian striker currently plays for Serie A side AFC Fiorentina, however this season he managed to break through as one of the most promising young stars in world football.

Dušan Vlahović went on to score 21 goals this season in the league, only behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku despite playing for a mediocre Fiorentina side, who even struggled to finish in the top half of the Serie A standings this season.

What makes Dušan Vlahović special is his ice-cold ability in front of goal, the striker is lethal when it comes to finishing off chances for his team while being a threat in the air due to his remarkable physique and height, making him an instant problem for the defending team.

MAKING HIS PRESENCE KNOWN

Dušan Vlahović is a striker who makes his presence known n the field, his physical strength always causes the defenders problems when contesting air balls and common balls. This ends up in him winning a lot of fouls, his hold-up play allows for him to link up with his wingers and midfielders, hence making him the focal point of attack.

The Serbian striker starred in Fiorentina’s 3-0 demolition of the bianconeri in late December, in that game the young Serb showed that he has a lot more to his game than just hold up play, the striker possesses speed and the quality to run behind defenders, making things tough for even experienced defenders such as Leonardo Bonnuci and Alex Sandro.

One of his best performances last season came against newcomers Benevento, where the Serb scored a hattrick in the first half of the game, putting on a show for the fans watching from home and showcasing his true talent to the media.

MENTALITY AND ATTITUDE

Dušan Vlahović has not had an easy journey leading to his breakthrough season at Fiorentina, the striker was mediocre in terms of stats in the previous two seasons at the la voila, however his work ethic and mindset remains unchanged. A young player needs to receive support from his teammates and senior players, and it seems like French legend Franck Ribery came in as a guide for the young Serb.

Dušan Vlahović believes that he can turn out to be the next big thing, possibly matching the level of Erling Haaland, for all we know the two young strikers could set up a rivalry for the future, but for now, we shall have to wait and see how this exciting career pans out.

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