It was Oscar Gloukh’s performances on the European U19 Championships in 2022 that alerted the world to his potential. Curiosity from Barcelona was eschewed in favour of a transfer to Purple Bull Salzburg however don’t anticipate his rise to be delayed for lengthy.
Within the autumn, his title was talked about in experiences linking him with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Quickly after, it was Aston Villa mentioned to be monitoring his progress. What’s it that makes the 19-year-old Israel worldwide such an interesting goal?
Gerhard Struber, his head coach at Salzburg, is the person to ask. Beneath the Austrian, Gloukh has already scored in a Champions League win over Benfica within the Estadio da Luz and netted an equalising objective in opposition to Inter within the San Siro up to now this season.
“Oscar is, from a technical standpoint, a distinct participant,” Struber tells Sky Sports activities. “He brings plenty of soccer intelligence with him. He’s a scorer but additionally a tough employee. I feel that blend makes him very attention-grabbing for the highest golf equipment in Europe’s finest leagues proper now.”
Gloukh starred for his nation as a No 10 in that U19 match in 2022, scoring an excellent objective in opposition to England within the remaining. However it’s chopping in from the left that he has discovered success with Salzburg. The group have even centered their assaults down that flank.
These targets in opposition to Benfica and Inter spotlight simply why Gloukh selected Austria as his subsequent step. The curiosity from Barcelona got here late however the participant prompt his determination would have been the identical regardless. “It makes extra sense for my improvement.”
The instance of Erling Haaland is a compelling one for younger gamers. Gloukh is aware of this. So do the membership. “Salzburg is usually a trampoline for a lot of large skills. You’ve gotten the prospect to play at stage and on the identical time within the Champions League,” says Struber.
“That’s the whole lot gamers need since you get to play in opposition to the perfect groups in Europe so for those who realise good performances it’s clear that you’ve got an attention-grabbing part for the following switch. We’re a really attention-grabbing setting for younger gamers.”
Gloukh had already confirmed his potential whereas at Maccabi Tel Aviv, scoring in opposition to the Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa on his senior debut. However the largest golf equipment may have realized extra from his experiences over the previous 12 months taking part in overseas in Austria.
There are tougher competitions in Europe however the expectations are excessive at Salzburg. It is a membership that has gained the Austrian title for 10 consecutive seasons. Competing in Europe is a part of the job however successful domestically is non-negotiable.
“That is the problem for the younger boys. To leap out of the Champions League after which go right into a Bundesliga recreation with a totally totally different psychological demand. They don’t solely must win however win the precise means, taking part in a lovely type.
“The requirements are very excessive right here. The expectations are there from the followers. For some younger gamers it is a lot of strain so we’ve to search out the steadiness to offer the gamers the precise instruments and the precise psychological plan in order that they will deal with that strain.”
The indications are that Gloukh can deal with it. In what has grow to be a extra awkward season than Salzburg are accustomed to, he has scored in every of their final two slim residence wins to make sure that Struber’s aspect went into the winter break two factors clear on the prime.
If that ticks the mentality field, and the technical expertise should not unsure, the transfer to Salzburg can be designed to show his physicality. The Purple Bull mannequin of Ralf Rangnick is constructed on excessive urgent. For the diminutive Gloukh, 5ft 7in, it’s changing into one other asset in his recreation.
“We’re bringing him additionally into the everyday type of play – very aggressive, very proactive, working laborious in opposition to the ball,” explains Struber. “We give the gamers a excessive stage of assist to allow them to develop in the precise means taking part in an attention-grabbing type of play.”
It may persuade the Premier League of his potential. “Many golf equipment look to us for finest apply. From right here, they leap to Germany, they leap to England,” provides Struber. Haaland joined Salzburg in January 2019 and left in January 2020. Gloukh could also be subsequent.