With the reputation of the Chinese Super League growing every week due to the money in which is being pumped into it. The league will be on the TV screens of many around the world who will catch sight of some hidden talents in world football, one of these talents is Shanghai SIPG player Wu Lei.
Wu Lei is not a household name in world football but in China he is a very recognisable face in China. The 25-year-old burst onto the scene making his debut for Shanghai SIPG at just 14 years old and from then he never looked back. Wu Lei was a key figure in Shanghai’s rise to China’s top flight and he currently hold the record of being the club’s all-time top scorer which is a huge accolade for someone who hasn’t even hit his prime yet.
For a winger, Wu Lei is a very prolific goal scorer for his side and has not had a single digit season of goals since 2009 which is way better than a lot of modern day strikers to say the least. Now considering the way, he has excelled in Chinese football for years you would expect some of Europe’s elite to come calling, right? But unfortunately for the Chinese International this has not been the case which is very confusing with the form he has been in for so many years. However, his form did not go unnoticed by his national side and he was subsequently called up in 2010 and since then. Has gone onto make 40 appearances for his national side, scoring 7 goals which is not a great return when you look at his club record.
Wu Lei is a fantastic player who has the ability to play along all the front 4 positions and excel in all of them. With fantastic finishing and dribbling ability, he is a nightmare for defenders to mark and evidently so with his return of over 100 goals for his club. With Wu Lei set to reach the peak of his career now would be the best time to go out of his comfort zone and make the journey to Europe and further his career and reputation. Saying this however, if he wants to increase his chances of finding a top European club, he must prove himself on the international stage as he is yet to do it, if he can do this then I have no doubt that clubs will be battling it out for his signature.