Nishan Burkart

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
Switzerland u16 striker Nishan Burkarts father has confirmed he'll sign for United this summer

http://www.insidefutbol.com/2016/04/15/he-goes-to-manchester-united-father-of-in-demand-talent-confirms-old-trafford-move/280950/

I wrote this about Burkart and a few other likely youth signings a few weeks ago
http://mufclatest.com/manchester-united-looking-to-add-talented-youth-to-their-academy-this-summer/

Not much to go on but Burkart is the number 7 taking a load of shots in this video

 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
Nishan's parents are Stefan Burkart who was the 60m and 100m for Switzerland and competed in the Olympics and Helen Barnett Burkart who was a sprinter for Great Britain and Switzerland
 

AltiUn

likes playing with swords after fantasies
Joined
Apr 29, 2014
Messages
11,685
Location
Leyland
How's he rated across the continent? Imagine the pace he'd have with parents like that! I do like how he's unafraid of attacking the goal, strikers who are always looking for the goal rather than looking for that extra pass do very well for themselves, it's a good feat to have.
 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
How's he rated across the continent? Imagine the pace he'd have with parents like that! I do like how he's unafraid of attacking the goal, strikers who are always looking for the goal rather than looking for that extra pass do very well for themselves, it's a good feat to have.
He had offers from Arsenal and Chelsea in England and Real and about 10 other top teams across Europe so seems very highly rated
 

m1y2

New Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2014
Messages
5,226
Location
Prague
More imports! hopefully he will turn out to be as talented as TFM/Adnan no Janko
 

Inigo Montoya

Leave Wayne Rooney alone!!
Joined
Oct 1, 2008
Messages
23,626
Nishan's parents are Stefan Burkart who was the 60m and 100m for Switzerland and competed in the Olympics and Helen Barnett Burkart who was a sprinter for Great Britain and Switzerland
Do you think he'll be a bit quick then?;)
 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
 

Redo91

Full Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2012
Messages
5,180
Location
Galway, Ireland
I could be thinking of Burkart himself but was there not another Swiss attacker around the same age that ourselves and pretty much every other big club in Europe were looking at?
 

Nickosaur

Full Member
Joined
Mar 9, 2011
Messages
9,274
I could be thinking of Burkart himself but was there not another Swiss attacker around the same age that ourselves and pretty much every other big club in Europe were looking at?
Are you thinking of Embolo? If so he's far more advanced, already playing first team football for Basel and will go for a big fee soon.
 

Varun

Moderator
Staff
Joined
Mar 16, 2011
Messages
44,694
Location
Mumbai
I could be thinking of Burkart himself but was there not another Swiss attacker around the same age that ourselves and pretty much every other big club in Europe were looking at?
Breel Embolo
 

khoazany

Full Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2012
Messages
6,108
Location
Singapore
I could be thinking of Burkart himself but was there not another Swiss attacker around the same age that ourselves and pretty much every other big club in Europe were looking at?
It's Lorenzo Gonzalez I presume.We looked at him and decided not to go for him.
 

TwoSheds

More sheds (and tiles) than you, probably
Joined
Feb 12, 2014
Messages
4,965
Hope he has the drive to succeed here. Heard he has a good engine on him.
Electric pace too they say, motors past people. Good to see we've got the jump on everyone with this one.
 

Redo91

Full Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2012
Messages
5,180
Location
Galway, Ireland
Are you thinking of Embolo? If so he's far more advanced, already playing first team football for Basel and will go for a big fee soon.
Breel Embolo
Of course I know who Breel Embolo is! :lol: He's been playing CL since he was 16/17. I saw him play live only a few weeks ago for Switzerland against Ireland. He looks a huge talent. Would love if we went for him. You'd want to be living under a rock to have not heard of him!

It's Lorenzo Gonzalez I presume.We looked at him and decided not to go for him.
That's him. I was going to say he had a Spanish/Latin American sounding name. Isn't he more highly rated?
 

Varun

Moderator
Staff
Joined
Mar 16, 2011
Messages
44,694
Location
Mumbai
Of course I know who Breel Embolo is! :lol: He's been playing CL since he was 16/17. I saw him play live only a few weeks ago for Switzerland against Ireland. He looks a huge talent. Would love if we went for him. You'd want to be living under a rock to have not heard of him!



That's him. I was going to say he had a Spanish/Latin American sounding name. Isn't he more highly rated?
Sorry, should have guessed :lol:
 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
Of course I know who Breel Embolo is! :lol: He's been playing CL since he was 16/17. I saw him play live only a few weeks ago for Switzerland against Ireland. He looks a huge talent. Would love if we went for him. You'd want to be living under a rock to have not heard of him!



That's him. I was going to say he had a Spanish/Latin American sounding name. Isn't he more highly rated?
Gonzalez is the more hyped but our scouts watched both him and Burkart and a few of the other Switzerland u16 players and went for Burkart. I think Gonzalez is likely to end up at City
 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
Burkart has 16 goals in 15 games for Zurich u16s this season and scored 25 goals and was the u16 leagues top scorer last year while still u15
 

Adisa

likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt
Joined
Nov 28, 2014
Messages
37,073
Location
Birmingham
Burkart has 16 goals in 15 games for Zurich u16s this season and scored 25 goals and was the u16 leagues top scorer last year while still u15
Any idea of his playing style?
 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
Any idea of his playing style?
Only seen him a couple of times but very quick, decent dribbler, good striker of the ball and works very hard giving defenders no time on the ball
 

jb8521

Full Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2007
Messages
4,344
https://nationalteams.credit-suisse.com/en/insights-and-stories/nachwuchsforderung/nishan-burkart.html


Successful careers have something mythical about them. That moment in which a star is born. A magical moment when it all begins. If there was one defining moment when Nishan Burkart met the high expectations placed on him, it was the Swiss Cup in summer 2015. At this international junior tournament in Ruggell, Liechtenstein, he put on an extraordinary show. Whether he was outmaneuvering his opponents, providing perfect assists to his teammates, or getting the ball in the net himself – he did it all with exceptional ease. And to simply say that he "got" the ball in the net does not do his talent justice. It was actually more like small works of art, choreography, magic. Solo runs, lob shots, headers, bicycle kicks – the whole range of goal-scoring tricks. At the end of the tournament, the striker and captain had scored nine goals over seven games, with his team FC Zurich bringing home an impressive tournament win. Participants included renowned teams such as Manchester City, West Ham United, Werder Bremen, VfB Stuttgart, and Rapid Vienna. From that day on, his name was at the top of the list in scouts' notebooks. Suddenly the 15-year-old was one of the most sought-after talents in the world of football.

A Strong Year Group
Nishan Burkart is one of Swiss football's great hopes for the future. The U16 international player belongs to the class of 2000, a year group that insiders are calling the most promising in a long time thanks to players like Lorenzo Gonzalez, Noah Okafor – and also Nishan Burkart. The young footballers born in 2000 are also the first to have completed Footeco – a program designed to promote young talent – in full. This program was set up in 2012 by the Swiss Football Association with the aim of improving training for 11- to 14-year-olds by identifying talent earlier and providing better training for the youngsters. "We are confident that Footeco is driving Swiss football forward," says U16 national coach Yves Débonnaire. "It is too early to draw any conclusions, but our initial impression is that the breadth of quality is growing and the number of talented young players available to choose from when selecting the national youth teams has increased."

The experienced coach, who has been working for the Swiss Football Association for the past two decades, had this to say about Burkart: "He's one of those players who can make a difference, and he's extremely versatile." He has the right mentality, competitive spirit, and technique. But it's his speed that really stands out: "He's one of the fastest junior players I've ever worked with. And not just over longer distances – he is also extremely explosive and agile in the first few meters."

Sporting Genes
Speed is in his genes. His father is Stefan Burkart, two-time Olympic athlete and former Swiss record holder over 100 and 200 meters. His mother is Helen Barnett, a former British 400-meter runner who was part of the Swiss relay team at the 1992 Olympics. "My father would have loved for me to become a track and field athlete too," he remarks on this mild spring afternoon at a trendy restaurant in Zurich West. "To make him happy, I also took part in two or three sprint competitions when I was little – and won, as he recalls. But that was enough. I found it too boring."

Instead, the seven-year-old knocked on the door of the local club, FC Urdorf – but was turned away because of the long waiting list. Next, he tried the major club FC Zurich. Here, they recognized his talent straight away. The club accepted him after just one trial session. From that moment on, football – with three training sessions and one match a week – became a defining part of his everyday life. "He has chosen this sport himself and never once had to be encouraged to do it," his father remembers. "My parents were always there for me and supported me in a positive way, but they never screamed from the sidelines or analyzed my performance over dinner," recounts the son. "I didn't want that. And they stuck to it."

First Goal after 51 Minutes
This unshakable belief in his own ability remains one of his greatest qualities, and sets him apart off the football pitch too. Self-assured, but also laid back and eloquent, he describes his career. He has no trouble at all dealing with the intense competition. With the exception of a strained ligament and an inflamed patellar tendon, he has remained injury-free so far – although as a rapid striker he is destined to be the victim of some hard attacks. "It's as if I can sense when someone wants to foul me. I anticipate dangerous situations and avoid the opponent's legs with a jump or a change of direction."

He does not have a hero, a real role model. In terms of players, he tells us that he likes Barcelona aces Neymar and Suarez. "One is a dancer, full of tricks, the other an ice-cold scorer – I would like to be a combination of the two." And essentially, he already is. On the FCZ youth team, he made a name for himself as a provider and finisher a long time ago. At the U15 championship, he was the top goalscorer with some 25 goals. And when it came to being selected for the national team, too, it was not long before he achieved his first success. Sporting a jersey bearing the Swiss cross for the very first time against Scotland in April 2014, he needed just 51 minutes to score his first goal.

Tug of War between the Major Clubs
One year after that, he went to the previously mentioned tournament – the one that was destined to change his life for good. His performance at this tournament brought Nishan Burkart fame, along with all the usual industry hype that surrounds talented young footballers. The first agents came knocking; English websites heralded the "Swiss superkid" and branded him "the next Theo Walcott." In fact, the young Swiss player bears a striking resemblance to the forward on the English national team. He has the same build (at 1.72 m and 63 kg, he is also small and light) and a very similar style of playing to the super sprinter Walcott, who the Guardian once described, full of wonder, as galloping across the pitch "like a jack russell chasing a wasp along a crowded beach."

According to the media, last fall there was a veritable tug of war at the top table of English football for the speedy Swiss teenager with the dreadlocks. As well as Southampton, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United were all rumored to be after him. For once, the rumors were true. "I visited each club and analyzed its infrastructure while there," he explains. "I always knew: If I were going to move to a club abroad, then it could only be to England, my mother's home country."

A New Life
A few months later, in April 2016, the decision was finally made. Nishan Burkart signed a four-year youth contract with Manchester United. "Pure gut feeling – the other clubs were also very interested," he says, with a relaxed smile on his face. This summer, he will now be making the move to the North of England with his mother, where he will join the U18 team of the famous club. He will also go to school for one-and-a-half days a week there. Language will not be a problem since English has always been spoken in the Burkart home.
These last few weeks at home in Zufikon in the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland will mark the end of childhood for Nishan Burkart. At his new club, he will be one of many talented players, the training will be harder, and the football will be faster. He is not naive. And he knows Saidy Janko's story. Saidy Janko also transferred from the FCZ youth team to Manchester United three years ago. There, he made the leap to the U21s and was even selected as "Reserve Team Player of the Year 2014." However, he was not a full-time member of the professional team. He now plays for Celtic in Glasgow, Scotland. Despite this, hip-hop and basketball fan Burkart appears cool: "I'm taking a relaxed approach to it all," he says. "If it doesn't work out with Manchester United, the excellent training will still provide a fantastic foundation for launching a career at another club."

And sometimes – as the young Swiss also knows – players can rise to the top extremely quickly at Manchester United. Just like last February, when Marcus Rashford made his debut in the Premier League and scored his first goal with his very first shot. Three days later, he scored two goals to secure his team's place in the next round of the Europa League. He had come straight from the junior team and was just 18 years old. There is a reason why the venerable Old Trafford Stadium has a second name: the "Theater of Dreams."