Asia is a continent that gets vastly overlooked when it comes to football. But this is unwarranted as Asia has been producing top talents for generations. One of these talents come from the middle east and more specifically Saudi Arabian giants Al-Ittihad. The player in question is none other than 22-year-old Fahad Al-Muwallad who has been turning heads in the world of Asian football since his debut in 2011 at just 16 years old!
Fahad has been an integral part of the Al-Ittihad side over the years and his contribution has been nothing short of terrific, if you don’t include the 2015/16 season. The Saudi Arabia International has been in astounding form so far this season, with his best return of goals in his whole career with 13 goals in just 23 games from Right Wing. This return is incredible for a player who received so much criticism last season from fans that would have broken most players so Fahad has to be given a lot of credit for that.
The 2013 Kings Cup of Champions MVP has been recognised for his vast amounts of pace and is said to be one of the world’s fastest players and his name even translates to Cheetah to back up that claim. Since his debut in 2011 Fahad has gone on to make over 100 appearances for a club he holds dear to his heart and had featured alongside arguably the greatest Asian player of all time in Mohammed Noor.
The Saudi Arabia International is very versatile and can play along a long all 4 of the front positions but is primarily a winger. As stated previously he possess vast amounts of pace and has the tendency to score some absolute wonder goals, just ask UAE about that. Although he has an impressive return Fahad is an inconsistent finisher which needs to be worked on if he wants to take his career to the next level. He is also a top-class dribbler and can deliver some deadly crosses into the box which shows as he has bagged himself 4 assists this season as well.
Fahad will always be considered a legend amongst Al-Ittihad fans and will continue to be for generations as he is a local boy who made if through the academy to play for one of Asia’s elite which is something to be given praise for, and although he has already been in the professional game for some time he still is very young. At just 22 Fahad still has a long career ahead of him and who knows where he may end up, a big move to Europe would definitely be the least he deserved. However, this is not a certainty but one thing we know for certain is that Fahad Al-Muwallad is arguably Asia’s biggest talent and clubs should be flocking in to try and tempt the wonderkid to play for their clubs.