Sky Sports Scout - Vlad Chiriches
We run the rule over Romanian starlet Vlad Chiriches
By Sky Sports Scout - Tweet me: @skysportscout. Last Updated: November 15, 2012 3:07pm
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NAME: Vlad Chiriches
AGE: 22 (14th November 1989)
BORN: Bacau, Romania
CLUB: Steaua Bucharest
FACTS: Spent one-year at Benfica as a teenager
Sky Sports Scout Ratings:
0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class
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Latest under our scout's gaze is Steaua's Vlad Chiriches - recommended by Sky Sports reader Catherine Ross.
The scout reports...
Next under our gaze is highly-rated Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, who is attracting a great deal of interest from around Europe.
The 22-year-old is currently one of the stars of Steaua Bucharest's defence, and is emerging as one of the best players of his generation.
He began his playing career with Ardealul of Cluj, who signed him whilst at school aged just 14.
Chiriches was quick to impress with Ardealul as he was picked up by Portuguese giants Benfica in 2007 - but he spent just 12 months in Lisbon before returning to Romania due to home sickness
Upon his return to Romania he joined lower league club International Curtea de Argus and helped them earn promotion to the top flight in 2009.
His performances in Argus earned him a move to Pandurii Targu Jiu and he soon emerged as a stand-out performer and he was handed his maiden call-up to the Romanian squad, and was capped immediately. He has remained a prominent member of the national team ever since.
It took him just one season at Pandurii to then seal another transfer, this time to Romanian giants Steaua Bucharest - who beat a host of rivals to his signature.
He immediately became a regular in the side, but since his move he has played in a number of roles.
There is no doubt that Chiriches is a centre-half, and that is his best role. But due to his outstanding skill and technique he is more than capable of playing full-back or midfield - as he has shown.
Chiriches is already regarded as one of the best young defenders in Europe, and it is little surprise the interest he is generating.
AC Milan look to head the queue, but Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be closely monitoring him.
The scout says...
Chiriches is a composed, elegant performer - who looks on the brink of a big move and marks a remarkable rise from his teenage years.
AC Milan look primed to land him, and he does appear to have all the traits of a top Italian-style defender.
The Scout rating...
Shooting: 7 out of 10
Passing: 7 out of 10
Tackling: 8 out of 10
Heading: 8 out of 10
Pace: 8 out of 10
Vision: 6 out of 10
Current ability: 8 out of 10
Potential ability: 10 out of 10
OVERALL SCOUT RATING:62/80
Current value: £8million
Potential value: £60million
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