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Sky Sports Scout - Lauri Dalla Valle

We run the rule over Liverpool teenager Lauri Dalla Valle

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Liverpool's Lauri Dalla Valle.

The scout reports...

After watching recent displays at Under-18 level, we report on one of the most exciting attacking talents from the Premier League Academies, Liverpool's Lauri Dalla Valle.

The Finnish striker shot to prominence last season in his club's run to the FA Youth Cup final. Since that time a style and eye for goal, which has earned frequent comparisons to club colleague Fernando Torres, has led to a promotion to the reserves.

Dalla Valle began his footballing career in Finland at JIPPO before spending three months with Inter Milan. He then returned to his boyhood club before joining Liverpool in 2008.

The 18-year-old was reportedly a transfer target of Chelsea in 2007, while a number of other European clubs were also interested in his services before Liverpool's Academy offered a three-and-a-half-year contract following a trial.

Dalla Valle has represented Finland at U16, U17 and U19 level but he could yet choose to play for Italy as a full international because he would qualify for the current world champions through his Italian father.

But how good is the youngster? Well, at one stage in his Liverpool U18s career he had scored 20 goals in 28 appearances and so is obviously a genuine talent with a bright future.

The comparisons with Spain star Torres are not drawn from Anfield hype. Dalla Valle's 35-minute hat-trick against Leicester in this season's FA Youth Cup highlighted similarities in terms of awareness, gliding physical speed and work-rate.

Naturally right-footed, but also comfortable on his left, he has superb strength despite a small frame and demonstrates on a regular basis that he is capable of holding possession before using his passing skills to bring midfielders into play.

Dalla Valle has the striking instinct to be in the right place at the right time and possesses a ruthlessly rapid speed of thought when inside the 18-yard area, a trait in all top-level forwards, while he is also more than capable of scoring from long range.

As with a lot of players of his height, there is a need to improve his heading ability. But that could come with age and experience.

The scout says...

Although not at his best in Monday night's FA Youth Cup defeat to Watford, Dalla Valle appears to have all the characteristics to become a major talent in the Premier League and Europe.

There is obviously room for improvement but a clinical touch, excellent decision making, speed and physical strength bodes well for the future.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 9 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 9 out of 10

Vision: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 9 out of 10


Current value: £2million

Potential value: £18million

Your opinion...

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