Like many of his compatriots these days, midfielder Radja Nainggolan is one of several Belgian starlets starring on a weekly basis.
His performances for Cagliari have made him one of Serie A’s most sought-after commodities. However, playing for the Rossoblu might be hampering his national team prospects as Cagliari are a mid-table club at best.
This means that Nainggolan doesn’t feature in many headline-grabbing domestic games or European ties, be it Champions League or Europa League.
His tattoo-covered torso and his mohawk make him a cult-hero with fans - hardly the corporate look or the pretty-boy look adopted by some players. However, it is Nainggolan's grunge look reflects his playing style in many ways as he is very,very different from the common midfielder found currently plying their trade in Europe.
Nainggolan has all the credentials to become a complete midfielder. Whether it be as a
holding midfielder, a central midfielder or playing on the left, Nainggolan is a man of many skills, talents and capabilities.
A machine with high-energy, fierce ball-winner, ambitious striker, crisp passer - his diverse range of abilities make him a natural complement for any midfield partner, any formation and any tactics that managers of big clubs choose to employ.
How many other players possess such attributes? How many players possess them at the same high level that Nainggolan does? Very few. He is a special talent.
It's very unlikely that Nainggolan will be a Cagliari player in twelve months time. He needs to move on to a bigger club as he is ready for the next step.
His playing attributes make him a man for any league; be it physical, tactical,technical or a league that combines the whole lot. He is the future and the future looks good.
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