Player Profile: Uroš Kabić
Adam Bloszko has an in-depth look into the playing style and prospects of Serbian football’s latest starlet, with the winger making waves with his first foray into European competition.
Whilst taking in the newly-arrived winter weather, I considered a number of players that could feature in my next player profile. There were a number of rising stars that I considered turning the spotlight onto, but the new third-tier UEFA competition has brought about an emergence of a young player who has caught my eye the most.
It’s only very recently that I heard that a Serbian starlet by the name of Uroš Kabić has been making his presence known in the Europa Conference League after being introduced to senior football by FK Vojvodina manager Slavojub Đorđević.
Primarily a right-sided winger, Kabić can also play through the middle – he is currently being deployed as a centre forward, due to his positive attacking influence and energy. His versatility also allows him to play effectively on the left flank and further back as an attacking midfielder.
As previously mentioned, Kabić has had experience of European competition at just 17 years of age, thanks to the European Conference League, in which he has grabbed himself two goals in four appearances. One of these goals came in the form of a late winner against Lithuanian outfit FK Panavezys, with the winger entering the match in the final five minutes.
On the international stage, Kabić has represented Serbia at under-16 level twice, which can serve as some real encouragement at such an early point in his career, providing him with some crucial development and experience.
Although Kabić has only started in roughly 25% of Vojvodina’s matches thus far this season, his goal-getting exploits in the Europa Conference League have heads turning, and he could soon add to his tally of two with his forward-thinking and cunning on the pitch. Add in his admirable work rate and his ability to prove effective in limited game time, and the Serbian side have unearthed a real diamond.
They’ll be delighted to keep a hold of him for a while longer – Vojvodina are Kubić’s hometown club and seems set on breaking into Đorđević’s starting XI on a more consistent basis. However, should bigger clubs be keeping tabs on the starlet, they may look to make a move sooner rather than later, especially with Kubić’s market value currently standing at around €100,000.
Sides around Europe’s biggest leagues could take on the young man if he develops in the mould of a smart-thinking winger with multiple ideas of how to execute not only good passes, but create chances for elite strikers to finish. Being a left-footed right winger, clubs may view him similarly to the likes of Arjen Robben and Gareth Bale – no doubt Kabić would be happy with those comparisons!
Scarcely being played at the minute, I believe that Đorđević will plan to ease the starlet into the side during his raw age, helping nurture the talent rather than overworking him – which I believe is the correct way to do it when it comes to this young man’s development, especially when I think Kabić could potentially reach the very top.