When it comes to young football talents, few can match the potential of Luka Sucic. The 19-year-old midfielder has already made a name for himself as one of the brightest prospects in Austria, playing a key role in Red Bull Salzburg’s impressive run in the UEFA Europa League this season.
The Early Years
Sucic was born on February 27, 2002, in Vinkovci, Croatia. He started his football journey at NK Cibalia Vinkovci before moving to Dinamo Zagreb’s academy at the age of ten. It didn’t take long for him to catch the eye of scouts from Red Bull Salzburg, who signed him up in January 2020.
The Breakthrough Season
Sucic made his senior debut for Salzburg on December 12, 2020, coming off the bench against Admira Wacker Mödling. However, it wasn’t until this season that he truly announced himself as one of Austrian football’s rising stars.
He has been an ever-present figure in Jesse Marsch’s side during their impressive run to the Round of 16 stage in this season’s Europa League campaign where they will meet Villarreal CF and even helped them reach knockout stages by scoring two goals against Lokomotiv Moscow leading them to a crucial win which eventually helped them qualify from Group A with Bayern Munich ahead of Atletico Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Midfield General
Sucic is primarily known for his ability as an all-round midfielder who can play anywhere across midfield due to his ball-playing abilities and versatility but it is when he plays in the heart of midfield where he is at his most effective.
He has been compared to the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, which is high praise indeed for a player who is yet to turn 20. He has an excellent range of passing, can control the tempo of games with ease and has a keen eye for goal.
Despite being just 19 years old, Sucic’s leadership qualities are already evident on the pitch. He leads by example with his work rate off and on the ball, as well as his ability to organize teammates when out of possession.
Croatia’s Future Hope
Sucic’s performances have not gone unnoticed by Croatia’s national team coach Zlatko Dalic who named him in Croatia’s preliminary squad for this year’s European Championship alongside another Salzburg youngster forward Karim Adeyemi but unfortunately they both missed out from final selection due to little experience at international level though it was great recognition for them as their time will come soon enough given their impressive displays over last season or so.
It seems only a matter of time before Sucic makes his debut and becomes a regular part of the Croatian national team setup. His versatility means that he could be used in several positions across midfield or even occasionally deployed as an attacking midfielder if needed but primarily expected role would be replacing ageing Croatian midfielders like Luka Modrić & Mateo Kovačić in coming years..
The future looks incredibly bright for Luka Sucic. At just 19 years old, he already boasts immense talent – one that could take him all the way to becoming one among world footballs best players if developed properly going forward over next few seasons ahead playing regularly at top level club football while excelling consistently at international level too. He is already making a name for himself as Salzburg’s midfield general and could play an important role in Croatia’s national team setup in the years to come.
With his performances catching the eye of several top European clubs, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sucic makes a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs someday soon. But for now, he remains focused on his development at Red Bull Salzburg and helping them achieve their goals over coming seasons ahead with possible title challenges for both domestic league as well as Europa League competition.
Luka Sucic is undoubtedly one of the most exciting young football talents out there today. His performances have been nothing short of impressive this season, establishing himself as a key member of Jesse Marsch’s side while also attracting attention from across Europe.
While it remains to be seen where his future lies beyond Salzburg, there’s no denying that he has all the makings of not just being another Croatian star but among world footballs top players if developed properly going forward – given his incredible talent.
Croatia need him badly right now with ageing midfielders like Modrić & Kovačić nearing end points of their international careers so Sučić will get opportunities regularly in near future and it would be great watching this young boy performing consistently at International level alongside other World Superstars in coming years ahead!