There is no doubt that Oscar Gloch is the next thing in Israeli football and should lead Israel's young team in the two critical games against Ireland, in the playoffs for promotion to the European Championship.
But alongside the talent of Maccabi Tel Aviv there is another player who has been marked for a long time as one who will become a superstar, and we mean Mohamed Kanaan, a player of MS.
Canaan's name has been in the headlines a lot in recent days.
Various reports linked him to Hapoel Be'er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa, which he left as a teenager and moved to the hothouse of Ben Jacky Ben Zakan, but in MS Ashdod they want to make a big exit for the player and aim for him to be sold to a team in Europe.
How big the exit Ashdod will make on Canaan is not yet known, but we already know the prices it wants.
Pay attention to the following story.
Towards the end of last season, the professional manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Barak Itzhaki, marked "Hamoodi" Canaan, very high on his list of reinforcements.
Kanaan can play on the wings, under the striker, gained a lot of experience in the southern team, and Yitzhak was ready to put the chips on him.
Maccabi Tel Aviv were ready to offer over a million and a half euros for Canaan and also send a player or two to Ashdod, but according to sources in Kiryat Shalom, the amount Ashdod asked them for was three million euros.
Maccabi did a situation assessment and came to the conclusion that "there is no player in the Premier League that we will pay three million euros for".
Ashdod's next exit?, Photo: Alan Shiver
The thing is, in Ashdod they believe that if Canaan gives another good season this year and continues to deliver numbers, after last season he was the team's top scorer with seven goals and added three assists, it will be possible to sell him for these amounts and maybe a little more to teams in Europe, maybe even as early as the January transfer window .
If Eden Kartsev was almost sold for three million euros, why not Kanban?
But in order for Kanban to increase his chances of going to Europe, he needs first and foremost not to get injured, after last year he overcame two minor injuries - surgery on his foot and another muscle injury, which prevented him from playing until October.
On the way to the senior team
Above all, Canaan has to prove himself in the European arena, where there are many more eyes of scouts from all over the world.
And Canaan has a real chance to do it, and not only in the young team.
The coach of the senior team, Alon Hazan, who was one of those who recommended a few years ago to Jackie Ben-Zakan to buy the player, already marks Canaan as an integral player of the senior team.
If the young woman did not have the pair of critical games against Ireland, it is possible that Kanbanian, a protégé of Hazan, would have already found himself getting first minutes in the uniform of the senior team.
Believer in Canaan, photo: Alan Shiver
So what is so special about "Hamoodi" Canaan (that's what everyone calls him in his team and the national team) that Alon Hazan loves him so much, that the big teams want him so much and cannot win the jewel, and that a senior coach like Ran Ben Shimon said of him that he is "one of the best players in the league "?
Well, it's a combination of a few things.
Kanaan is very versatile and can play in attack and midfield.
In positions 8, 10, and even in position number 6 of the rear midfielder.
He cooks, scores, has dribbling, physicality, and bursting power.
"Kanaan has something unusual about leaving the place. When he decides to go sprinting, you can't stop him," says a senior coach, "he has all the data to succeed in Europe."
But beyond the impressive data, this is a player with a great personality.
They testify that he is a humble and quiet guy, who has a high work ethic, and these are things that are just as important as talent.
In the youth team he has six appearances but he has yet to score and will hope to do so in the youth team's biggest money-time in the last decade - a game in Ireland.
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