YEAR OF BIRTH: 1998
Weston McKennie is the first American to play for the Bianconeri. Born in Little Elm, Texas, the midfielder made his breakthrough in Germany, where he spent part of his childhood. He made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke 04 as an 18-year-old in May 2017 and went on to make 25 appearances in all competitions the following season.
His performances earned him a call-up to the US national team and he scored a fine goal on his senior international debut in a friendly against Portugal, cutting in from the left before dropping his shoulder and finishing with aplomb.
Over the next few years he established himself as a regular starter for Schalke, racking up 91 total appearances and five goals. Later he joined English Premier League side Leeds United on loan and is currently back at Juventus in Italy.
Standing 1.85 meters tall, he combines determination with dynamism and is a prodigious ball-winner: he recovered possession 175 times in the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign – more than any of his fellow midfielders.
STYLE OF PLAY
- Likes to do layoffs
- Likes to play short passes
- 6’0″ (1.85m)
- Right foot
- Defensive contribution
- Box-to-box midfielder