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Wonderkid: Jhon Solis The 'Incredible' Talent on Girona's Shortlist Scout Analysis




Name: Jhon Solís


Birth (Nationality): Colombia (Guacarí)


DOB: Oct 3, 2004 (18)


Height: 1,86 m


Position: Central Midfield


Preferred Foot: Right


Market Value (www.transfermarkt.co.uk): €700k


Current Club: Atl. Nacional (Liga DIMAYOR)


Contract Until: Dec 31, 2024

 

Jhon Solis Scout Report Analysis


Jhon Solís is a 6ft'1 deep-lying midfielder currently playing football with Atlético Nacional in Colombia's top flight. Solis came through the youth ranks at Atlético Nacional and featured in the Sudamericano U15 in 2009. Since making his professional debut in 2022, Solis has made 38 appearances for the Colombian side and has never looked backwards. He has been given important minutes this season, playing over 50% of Atletico Nacional minutes, averaging 62 minutes per match.


Within his first two seasons, Jhon Solís has demonstrated his talents and looks ready to play in a league with a greater reputation. He's a technically skilled deep-lying midfielder who is confident in possession, great at finding spaces to receive, able to dictate play for his team and has become an important player at 18. Despite this young age, Jhon Solís has played the most minutes for the Colombian side compared to all Central Midfielders at Atletico Nacional (S. Gomez was sold). He is never shy to receive the ball and is always willing to progress his team through the thirds. Still, he doesn't make much of an offensive contribution, considering he's utilised in deeper areas, but he has still helped his side with two deep assists this season whilst playing an important role in build-up throughout.


Atletico Nacional have only managed 48.9% ball possession this season; in this system, Jhon Solís's ball retention quality shines through and could be of great use for both teams looking to dominate possession or for sides needing a controller who can keep the ball. He's always on the move. So it will come as no surprise that the 'Wonderkid' completes the 2nd most passes per 90 for Atletico Nacional and has a respectable 87% completion rate. That said, he has a lot of room for improvement to realise his full potential and, of course, has age on his side.


 

Technical (4/5)


  • Assured passer of the ball - has good first-time passing ability.

  • Good use of body feints to resist opposition-pressing players

  • Good use of disguise passing

  • Comfortable receiving facing towards own goal.

  • He can improve his ball control when looking to carry forward - he has the potential to turn this into strength in his game.

  • Close and long-range shooting.

  • Weaker foot passing



In Atletico's system, Jhon Solís's role is to use his technical ability to control Atletico Nacional's build-up through the thirds. He does this well and has also shown good passing range and variety. He is confident switching play when the middle gets too congested - completing most of his play switches.

Versus Santa Fe (12/05/2023) - One of these play switches resulted in an assist.



In tight situations, Jhon Solís has good close control, and to evade the press, he combines his good close control with body feints/fake passes to retain possession and avoid turning over the ball.


At times, to take full advantage, Jhon Solís struggles to keep the ball close to him when carrying through the thirds. On occasions, he initially does well in beating a player and attacking space but fails to remain fully in control of the ball once he gathers speed.

Shooting and shooting from a distance are areas where Jhon Solís can improve to become a more complete midfielder. Though he takes fewer than one shot a game, he rarely hits the target and provides little to no threat.


Tactical (3.5/5)

Jhon Solís plays on the left side of midfield in a 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 & 4-3-3 system, according to Wyscout. He is also utilised on the right side of the double 6.


  • Good roaming to find spaces to receive. Beneficial for possession-based teams.

  • Playmaker - Likes to receive the ball in all areas and dictate play.

  • Anticipation - Good reading the game in and out of possession

  • Good cover/rest defence positioning.

  • Good vision when in possession

  • Awareness - Looks over shoulders/scanning, familiarising himself with his surroundings (though he can improve in the speed of looking over both shoulders).

  • Decision-making in the final 3rd.

  • Fairly slow to track back during defensive transitions.

  • Reaction to second balls in midfield.

  • He is too keen to win the ball on occasions and gives away free-kicks in dangerous areas.



With little attacking responsibilities, Jhon Solís often finds good positions to cover spaces when his team are attacking in the final third, which allows him to put a pause to the opposition's counter-attacks.