Theodor Corbeanu: Profile
Name: Theodor Corbeanu
Date of birth: May 17, 2002
Theodor Corbeanu: Introduction
Theodor Corbeanu is an exciting Canadian talent who plays in a forward role. Over 6 foot in height, he can play both centrally and in wider positions. His technical skill, combined with impressive strength, make the youngster a nightmare for opposition defenders. Also more than capable of tricking full-backs with a step-over or two, Corbeanu presents one of the most unique profiles in the game.
Theodor Corbeanu: Background
Born in Canada to Romanian parents, Theodor Corbeanu gravitated towards football, despite it being far from the nation’s most popular sport. Speaking to Tackle.ro, Corbeanu recently assured that, despite its lack of exposure, the quality of football in Canada is on the rise:
“In Canada, football is not as popular as it should be. Other sports like hockey, American football, and basketball are more popular, but football is growing quickly and Europeans should not underestimate the ability of Canadian players, especially U21 and younger,” said the former Toronto winger.
After joining the Toronto academy, Corbeanu was part of the club during their days as an MLS favourite. Several former stars of European football joined the club’s ranks, leading to a competitive streak of form, and even a MLS trophy.
“My time at Toronto FC academy coincided with the greatest period in the club’s history. Players like Sebastian Giovinco, Victor Vasquez and Jozy Altidore brought a very attractive style of football to Toronto which caught the eye of the footballing world,” said Corbeanu. “Unfortunately, this past season has not been great for the club, but this happens in football.”
Corbeanu travelled across the Atlantic to join Wolverhampton Wanderers’ youth academy in 2018. He has impressed since his arrival, and in 2020, after securing a place in the club’s under-23 squad, the attacker signed a new 3-year contract.
Wolves academy manager Scott Sellars said: “We feel it was the right time to reward him for what he’s done. He’s trained with the first-team quite a lot and they’re pleased with his progress, so it’s a reward for his consistency.”
Despite having Romanian parents, and having lined out for the nation at youth level, Corbeanu has decided to represent Canada at senior level: “I started off with the Romanian national team, but now I’m going to play for Canada,” he explained during an interview with Wolves’ official website.
Expert insight on Theodor Corbeanu
101 spoke to Canadian football scout Mahith Gamage.
He might have featured for the Romanian youth teams, but Wolves and Toronto FC youth product Theo Corbeanu has verbally committed to represent his birth nation at international level – Canada. The right-winger and forward has been highly-rated within the Wolves set-up.
Theo Corbeanu’s profile is that of a very complete winger, which is something you don’t come across every day. In reality, he has a little bit of everything in him. He’s got the power in his game, which will likely never disappear.
He can drive at players on the flanks and really go shoulder-to-shoulder with anyone. Along with that, he has the technical quality and the end product to make things happen for the team, which ultimately is the most important thing. While Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies will be Canada’s A-Lister’s in the long-term, there’s no denying that Theo Corbeanu can play a strong supporting character as Canada aim to reach new heights.
Tactical Overview of Theodor Corbeanu
The initial aspect which strikes you about Corbeanu is the unusual height he possesses for a player of his position. The wingers which dominate Europe typically possess a smaller frame. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mane use their lower centre of gravity to wrong foot opponents, before accelerating past with ease. Reaching nearly 6’3, Corbeanu does not have this physical advantage. He does, however, use his strength and deceptive speed, combined with technical ability, to beat defenders and reach threatening positions.
Corbeanu can operate on either flank, and when on the left will often cut inside to find a shot or incisive cross-field pass. The Canadian’s shooting is a weaker area of his game which should develop as he matures, but Corbeanu has a good eye for space, and will often find teammates in threatening situations.
Corbeanu’s sense of space and the positions of his teammates is impressive. Knowing the different passages of play and where his coach has instructed players to make runs is imperative for a wide man. Understanding how your associated full-back will move dependant on your position can speed up chance creation, and leave opposition defenders helpless.
When playing centrally, Corbeanu’s reading of the game allows him to take part in quick interchanges of play, creating both opportunities for himself and others.
Corbeanu’s versatility offers an extra dynamic to any team he represents. Physical yet technically skilful, the attacker can beat players with a piece of skill or, failing that, has no problem using his strength to out-muscle defenders who keep up with him. The 18-year-old’s final product needs improvement, which will come with additional development, but the future is undoubtedly a bright one for Corbeanu.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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