Among LaLiga’s most exciting defensive rising
stars is Real Valladolid centre-back Mohammed Salisu, whose solid and
composed displays in his debut season suggest a long and highly
successful career is ahead of him.
Ghanaian centre-back has been one of the most impressive defenders at
any La Liga Santander club in 2019-20, getting the better of personal
duels with forwards as experienced and talented as Atletico de Madrid’s
Alvaro Morata, Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Real Betis’ Borja
Having only made his La Liga Santander debut last
August, Salisu has started 26 of Valladolid’s first 27 games, as part of
a solid defence which has been key to Sergio Fernandez’s team spending
most of the campaign well clear of the drop zone.
Born in Accra in 1999, Salisu was signed by
Valladolid in autumn 2017, having been scouted from the ‘African Talent
Football Academy’ in his home country. By the following January, the
17-year-old had broken into Valladolid’s B team in the third tier,
impressing enough to become a regular for the remainder of the campaign.