Oriello wrote:I've seen a bit more of him in full matches and he really does seem gangly, almost like a smaller Peter Crouch, he has slowness to all his initial movements, as if there is not enough muscle for explosive turns or bursts. Not sure on values though.
Also agree with Yazid that Attack could really be in the 92 area of Griezmann, Dzeko, Higuain - when he is on he seems to easily be at the level of these guys.
Real nice shooter of the ball, always seems to be passing them in rather than just smashing the ball.
In regards to attack, he's really beyond those guys you have mentioned right now. I don't just fall back to the sheer volume of goals to say that. On the surface it can appear that his attacking runs etc aren't so special to warrant a red value, but its just his positioning and understanding of where to be at all times. When to drop in deeper and involve himself in the play, where to be to find half a yard and score a goal. Its almost a Ronaldo like gift that he has to just be in the right place at the right time. On top of that, the role of a number 9 seems to be exactly what he is, but he's more than that. He is a throwback to the classic 9 in regards to his outstanding positioning and being the focal point for his team, but he has technical ability to back up that inherent gift of just knowing where to be. He's Shearer and Sheringham in one. (exaggeration obviously, but he possesses many of the gifts of both players)
Its quite a privilege to watch him play because on the surface he's not fast, he's not agile, he's not got particularly outstanding feet when he has the ball so he can appear to be a very limited player. In truth he has an all time great understanding of where to be to find goals, he is able to drop deep and involve himself in the play so he can affect the game in other ways, and he is a quite brilliant teammate. He's an exceptional player and he kills teams on his own when he's on song. Defenders almost seem at a loss of how to play him because his gifts aren't so in your face like they are in the case of many other world class strikers.
Does he need higher attack? I'd say so to warrant the fact that he is not only a massive threat to the goal at all times, but to highlight how unique and how special a talent he is. His SA is at least 94 while we're at it too.
I'd also like to see his agility reduced. I really want to try and replicate the fact that he can look very wooden on the pitch, but in actuality he is an extremely dangerous mover off the ball and a pretty skilled technician when it comes to passing. Very high attack, very low agility, very high teamwork would be an interesting test.