Gianluca Busio : Scouting Report
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Gianluca Busio officially join Venezia FC coming from Sporting KC. At the tender age of 19, he has 61 senior appearances for Sporting KC, thus far, and became the thirdyoungest player to start a match in Major League Soccer at the age of 16 years and 68 days. 

 

Busio is a creative type of midfielder who likes to open up defenses with his passing ability whether it’s a through ball to the runner making the runs in behind the defense or a long ball from deep. He has great awareness for his age as well as creativity that allows him to be effective in the final third. While he may not rack of the stat sheet with his assists or goals, his contribution is still felt through his hockey assist.

 

 He creates plays for others that allow them to score or provide assists to other teammates and thus, Busio’s stats might not be as high as his talent might suggest. But don’t be fooled by just stats as his presence is felt and valuable for this KC team. He still has contributed to 2 goals and 3 assists to his name in just 13 appearances this season. He has improved his passing ability immensely increasing his passing accuracy each year he has been in the league and even more so from 85.3% last year to 89.3% this year. And even with fewer games played from 19 last year to 13 this year, he still has attempted more passes 662 vs 747 and completed more passes 565 vs 667. This just goes to show the importance of Busio’s role in the team and how dynamic he is for them.

 

And while he has excelled in the middle of the pitch contributing to the offensive side of the ball, he has done his part contributing to the defensive side as well. He has great awareness to be in the right position and trackback to help the defense when needed.

While his size might not reflect his true strength, he has a pretty good ability to tackle and intercept passes with his awareness and positioning.

 

The player that most resembles Busio might be Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool FC. While Busio might not have the creative flair like Thiago, they both possess that pass-first mentality and shoot when needed. And their defensive contribution is similar in that both players like to go in for challenges and tackle and have a great work rate to help the team. They both excel in trying to break up defenses and may not show up on the stat sheet, but their contributions are felt.

 

Play for Venezia in Serie A, it’ll be a great opportunity for Busio to test his talent at the nex tlevel. Serie A is pretty open, but the defending is world-class, so it’ll be interesting to see how Busio adapts his play style in a new league if he makes that transfer.

He has all of the ability to be great and even better than his United States Men’s national teammate Weston Mckennie and could be the future of the US men’s national team midfielder for the future.

 


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