PLAYERS CARDS INDEX : S08 - Slide Tackle S13 – Long Throw P14 - Enforcer
Tomás Rincón reminds me a bit to Nigel De Jong playing for Hamburg. He has the same aggressive style of attacking opponents, the good anticipation and the determination to never give up. Luckily we now got this sort of player again, it was really nice to see De Jong knocking out players like Diego or Ribéry. Nowadays there are players like Özil or Carlos Eduardo and Rincon made a great job to destroy their play. I think no-one of us has thought he will be so important for Hamburg since the long injury of Zé Roberto. First he was on loan till the end of last year to see how he's going to be, only a player with perspective. In his first half last season he only played some minutes and couldn't proof his fantastic qualities as a defensive midfielder. Now this season, under the new coach Bruno Labbadia, he searches for his new chance, and he will find it. On 8 November last year Zé Roberto got injured at the ankle, after this it was time for Rincon. He graduated the last ten games and impressed the team as he earned a new contract till 2014. Now, Zé Roberto is fit again and Rincon probably have to sit on the bench, but I think he will still get his games as he's a kind of player destroying a play of opponent’s team. Now, we can go on with the explanation.
Rincon isn’t player who joins every attack, he rather stays back in the deep to disable counter-attacks or to stabilize the defence. Hence, his offensive sense isn’t that good, but when he’s playing as a right back for instance, he tries to run much more forward. In contrast to the attack, his defensive positioning is much better. Although he sometimes leaves his position, for example to strike against some opponents, but then his challenges are really good, he rarely causes a foul and only when it’s necessary to interrupt the structure of a new attack from the opponents team. But that’s also affected by his great determination and his good abilities of setting slides and that’s why I gave him the sliding star. Well, sometimes it seems so as he stands wrong, but anyway, mostly his anticipation is as good as he can outweigh his wrong positioning.
Balance, Header & Jump Rincon is this kind of defensive midfielder who is really tough for his size. He always tries to protect the ball against the opponent and this with great success. I’m also wondering he’s knocking out much taller guys like him, but sadly mostly the result is a foul by him. Nevertheless, Rincon is rather the player who outmuscles the others, you can also see it in aerial battles. He overleaps taller players and is as tough as he wins most of these battles, hence his header qualities are quite good for his size.
Passing & Team Work Not much to say, his best assets are just his tackles and the ability to walk a huge amount of kilometres in a game. However, his passing qualities aren’t under average, if he also improved in communication with his team mates, then his passes will be better as well. I think he should get more time here in Germany to adapt himself to the lifestyle and the form of playing in the Bundesliga, because he didn’t played more than 15 games.
Mentality & Stamina With his slides, they are his biggest assets. Rincon never gives up in nearly every game, he throws himself into every ball, regardless of the consequences. Well, it will sometimes cost him a yellow card, but mostly it’s necessary to hold the opponent back. And, already said above, in nearly every game he’s running quite a lot and he never seems exhausted. The value for Stamina can be even higher in my eyes, but I think it doesn’t need to be higher for the moment.
Of course it can be one point higher, I just thought it will overrate him a little bit. But yes, his tacklings are pretty awesome, today he was again one of the better players of Hamburg. Now, I only wait for the statement from s-cobar and maybe from some other users as well, that I can put it in the first post.
I' ill make those changed, he is by far one of the best DM in South america. He has a great defensive positioning and nice game reading and anticipation. Extremely accurate tacles. Nice in technical things, nice DA and relly good ball control, I think he is the most technical DM in South America. About passes, I think he nevers fail, even he doesn't make goal-passes, but he make accurate passes anyway.
Mentality: He is a warrior. Fight all the ball like the last one. Plays good under pressure and play nice the impotant games. And about TW, he knows how to join colective gameplays. Nice communication with his team.
I feel uncomfortable with him sitting on an 84 for Agility, it's far too generous for him, sure he's a small guy but look at his body, Rincon has such a brawny body and he also shows that in his movements. He is far away from being stiff, in fact he's surprisingly agile for his muscular physique but not so much to deserve such a high number. I see him with AGI 79, that's enough I'd say.
Furthermore I think his speed stats, DS, MENT and TW are a bit too high though I don't have exact numbers I could suggest right now. Just wanted to put these values in the focus of the discussion.
I've been following this player since I met (in USA) a neighbour of him from San Cristóbal, Venezuela some years ago. Just wanted to put my two cents to say his TECH could also be tweaked. Not bad for a player of his position and style, but 81 still looks generous. For example Kvist stands at 76, and the TECH gap between those two players is not that large. I'm of the idea that high greens (78-79) would be fair enough for him. On the other side, now that I mentioned Kvist, I believe both should have the same BB value (84). Both of them are fairly strong players really.