Born in 2007, the guard is one of the few Bulgarians to whom the site pays attention. In the article there is a detailed description of the qualities of the Plovdiv native, as well as some of his best performances during selected matches.
Among the best indicators of a goalkeeper are his reflexes, the ability to catch the ball, as well as the reflection of shots from a close distance.
According to the publication, Smerkalev needs to work on technical errors when parrying mid-range shots.
Overall, the goalkeeper is rated 8 on a scale of 10, with the potential to play in Europe’s top leagues.
Here is what it says in the conclusion of the material:
Stefan Smerkalev is a graduate of the children’s and youth school of Botev (Plovdiv). He is considered one of the most interesting goalkeepers for his age in Europe. He made his professional debut only 23 days after his 16th birthday – on June 6, 2023 in a First League match against Arda (Kardzhali).
A young, right-footed goalkeeper who stands out for his fantastic reflexes. Good height and strength for a guard his age. Decent long and short pitch. Above average footwork and composure when there are pressure situations.