Twenty3’s Under 23s to watch: Juan Córdoba

Juan Córdoba is lighting up the Colombian Primera A in 2024.

The Deportivo Cali winger was the name on everyone’s lips after a 4-0 win over Boyacá Chicó last month in which he scored two and assisted two.

He has reportedly already attracted interest from Atlético Mineiro and Houston Dynamo, with clubs already keen to secure the 20-year-old’s services.

Using Twenty3’s Toolbox, we’ve analysed the qualities of one of Colombia’s most promising prospects.


Córdoba has scored a league-leading six goals in 821 minutes of football this season. 

He boasts the second-best scoring rate — 0.66 goals per 90 — in the division.

The Medellín native is significantly overperforming his xG of just 1.49. That is evidence of his natural finishing ability, although it remains to be seen if he can maintain his remarkable output.

Still, Córdoba’s underlying numbers suggest he will continue to cause opposition defenders problems. 

Deportivo Cali’s No17 often looks to cut onto his stronger left foot when taking aim — and stopping him is easier said than done.

In the Colombian top flight, seven of his 16 shots have been on target. Four of his goals have come from inside the opponent’s box and two from distance.

He has also racked up a team-high 23 touches inside the penalty area. The youngster is clearly unfazed by the growing responsibility on his shoulders in the final third.

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Córdoba’s ability to create chances has also stood out so far this season.

The 20-year-old has two assists — both from open play — in 10 appearances from an xA of 1.27.

Of his seven assisted shots, five hit the target. He has also been able to break defensive lines, completing four of five key passes.

He has shown a particular aptitude for combining with his attacking team-mates — this term alone, he has completed 22 link-up plays.

Though a naturally front-footed player, Córdoba is not afraid to recycle the ball when needed. He ranks second in the division for backward passes completed (72).

However, the Colombian’s priority is to do damage on the flanks, repeatedly sending crosses into the box. He has attempted 27 crosses and completed five.

If he can fine-tune his decision making in the final third, he will be even more of a handful for opposition defences.


Córdoba has been deployed on both wings for Deportivo Cali in their 2024 league campaign.

He is clearly emboldened by the fearlessness of youth when on the ball, ranking fourth in the league for progressive runs (29) and succeeding in 22 of his 50 dribble attempts.

While he has room to improve his dribbling efficiency, he has been especially threatening when allowed the space to build up speed.

No player has registered more accelerations (16) in the division — and he is rapid over short distances.

Córdoba uses that to his advantage when carrying out defensive duties, completing 21 ball recoveries for his side.

A robust build also helps him battle defenders off the ball — this season, he has won 28 out of 50 defensive duels.

It is easy to see why teams have taken notice of Córdoba, and with interest mounting, a future move seems inevitable for Colombia’s rising star.

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