If you haven’t heard of Manchester City’s teenage Slovak midfielder Vladimir Weiss, it’s time to make your acquaintance with the future star of tomorrow.
The nimble midfielder joined the Citizens from local club Inter Bratislava back in 2005 and was immediately absorbed into the City youth team. After taking sometime to bed into life at Eastlands, Weiss quickly proved an inspirational figure for the juniors, with his highlight moment arriving as City lifted the 2008 FA Youth Cup with a two-legged victory over Chelsea.
19-year-old Weiss, who enjoys the same name as his father who also happens to be the Slovak national team coach, is already being viewed as the next big thing to roll off the Eastlands production line. A twinkle-toed winger with two good feet, Weiss is regarded as too great to be suffocated by the billions at Mark Hughes’s disposal. That said, Wiess has struggled to so-far break into the City first team squad, his appearances reduced to a cameo debut against Bolton at the back end of last season, while he completed his first ninety minutes for City against Barcelona during their pre-season friendly in the Camp Nou.
With his dad in charge, Weiss though is finding room to develop in the international arena, and the midfielder put in a stellar performance for his country against the Czech’s last weekend. Wearing the number 7, Wiess was commissioned to patrol the right-hand side, although the schemer appeared to have license to pop up all over the field.
Quick, skillful, and always playing with his head up, Wiess was responsible for some excellent attacking moves including being heavily involved in the build up play for the opening goal of the contest.
Individual match highlights of Vladimir Weiss’ performance against the Czech Republic can be seen here.