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Sky Sports Scout - Andy Najar

We run the rule over Honduran starlet Andy Najar

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NAME: Andy Najar AGE: 17 (16th March, 1993) BORN: Choluteca, Honduras POSITION: Midfielder CLUB: DC United FACTS: Yet to decide which national side to play for 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 DC United'sAndy Najar - recommended by Sky Sports reader Richard Nash.

The scout reports...

The scout's radar takes him across the Atlantic as he checks on Major League Soccer starlet Andy Najar.

The 17-year-old Najar took America by storm last season, winning the MLS Rookie of the Year award.

Born in Honduras, Najar and his family moved to America when he was 13 and soon after he linked up with DC United's Academy program.

Najar shone as a junior and this led to United signing him direct from their Academy, only the second time this has ever happened.

He only left school on 22nd March last year, but within a week he made his professional debut in United's opening game of the season against Kansas City.

Najar's emergence proved a huge and surprising plus point as he became one of their key players. He scored seven goals in all competitions and was announced as United's most valuable player, despite being just 17.

Najar is a hugely talented midfielder, and while he is currently usually found on the flank he could easily progress into a central role later in his career.

Najar is wonderfully, and naturally, skilful. He can use both feet and run at players with speed.

His vision and reading of the game is also way beyond his years, although his physical presence, perhaps understandably, needs building on.

DC have successfully managed to tie him down to a new multi-year contract amid new interest from Europe, with Arsenal already strongly linked with an interest.

And it is not just clubs looking closely at Najar as Honduras and the US are ready to do battle over his international allegiance, although he is unlikely to be rushed.

The scout says...

An excellent prospect, and it appears highly unlikely that he will be seeing out his long-term deal with DC United.

He no doubt benefits hugely from first-team football, but he will also learn from playing in Europe and that is likely to come for him sooner rather than later.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 7 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £4million

Potential value: £16million

Your opinion...

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