US national team head coach Gregg Berhalter has recently compared American forward Timothy Weah to former Super Eagles winger George Finidi. Weah, who is the son of Liberia’s President George Weah, has been making a name for himself with his impressive performances for Lille and is reportedly on the verge of joining Juventus. While some have compared Weah’s playing style to that of Colombian international Cuadrado, Berhalter believes he more closely resembles former Ajax sensation, George Finidi.
Berhalter described Weah as dynamic, fast and possessing excellent skills, similar to Finidi during his playing days. The former Ajax winger was considered one of the finest in the world during his time with the Dutch club in the 1990s. Finidi played a pivotal role in Ajax’s remarkable achievements, including three Eredivisie titles, the UEFA Super Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, and most notably, the UEFA Champions League triumph of 1995. Furthermore, he proudly lifted the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations trophy as part of the Nigerian national team.
Berhalter also praised Weah’s versatility, stating that he can play on the right flank, as a striker, on the left wing, or a bit deeper. He also highlighted Weah’s ability to deliver crosses, making him a dangerous winger. Berhalter sees Weah as a promising talent with immense potential, just like his father, George Weah, who is a true football star.
Since retiring from professional football, Finidi has embarked on a coaching career and recently guided Enyimba International FC to their record-breaking ninth league title. With Berhalter drawing comparisons between Weah and Finidi, it will be interesting to see where Weah’s career takes him and whether he can emulate the success of the former Ajax winger.