http://www.fcapollon.gr/news/ola-ta-nea ... 26page%3d0
Guys, I have just noticed that
Nassir Maachi recently signed for Greek Superleague's newly promoted side
Apollon Smyrni, and I decided to write a couple of words about him like Irakli Maisuradze of Panionios last month.
I have mainly good things to say about him from his time in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca(2012-14), Pafos FC(2015-16), and Nea Salamina Famagusta(2016-17).
To start with, he is a very versatile Forward who can play anywhere across the front line, as a Winger or Striker
, but his favourite and most frequently used position is the one of the Left-Winger
He is mainly Right-Footed
(but confident with both-feet) and likes to cut-inside from the Left-Wing on his favourite Right-Foot and try to score goals. As a Winger that he is, he plays fairly more centrally than mainstream Wingers; close to the box, and makes runs of a Striker or Secondary-Striker(Shadow-Striker
), so someone may argue that he is actually a Striker("Secondary-Striker"), who plays out-wide.
Secondly, Maachi is relatively quick
on the sprint, as you would expect him to be for a player of his position, but not anything that stands-out as "very quick", and for his size(183-185 cm), Maachi is also fairly agile
, both on and without the ball. Of course, he is almost 32 years old, so I would expect him to lose a little bit of pace in the next few Seasons.
Additionally, his Dribbling
is good, but the thing with him is that, in contrast with mainstream Wingers, you won't see him dribble that much in wide-areas which are far from the opponents' box. Most of his dribbling takes place just outside&wide from the opposition box, drifting-inside taking the ball past a couple of defenders, before making an attempt for goal. Similar movement and concept to Anthony Martial, but obviously much less skilled and not that technically good.
Moreover, as I have wrote above, Maachi is confident with both feet and can score with both of them, and to a lesser extent with his head, despite the fact that actually he is a decent header
of the ball for a Winger. He has a good goal-scoring record, and like I have previously mentioned, his movement inside the box is dangerous and clever(like a "Shadow-Striker"), and really frequent for a Winger that he is.
Regarding his Passing
, I don't remember his Short-Passing
being significantly any better than what you would expect from a good Winger. Also, although he is not a frequent Crosser of the ball, his Crossing
is actually good; accurate, with very good Curve on them and dangerous with both feet, despite the fact that I have some doubts about the speed of his Crosses/Long-Passes.
About the rest of his Physical-Stats
, for a Winger he is not easy to push-over, but at the same time, for a player of his Height he is slightly lightweight, and not as Strong as you would expect him to be. Defensively, I don't remember him contributing much in this aspect, and overall I believe that he is not a very hard-working Winger(Stamina
at average levels).
Finally, in my opinion, Maachi is a great versatile Forward for the teams of the bottom-half of the table in the relegation-fight. Counter-Attacking seems to fit his playing-style a lot, and generally he would get a lot of crucial goals for relatively small teams(where he would be their "main" man up-front) that fight to avoid relegation, so I think that he would be a success at Apollon Smyrni. Having said that, I will also admit that his two years(2012-14) at relatively big club AEK Larnaca were relatively successful for him individually, but not so much for the whole of the team in relation to the rest of recent Seasons. At AEK Larnaca I remember him as being something like a "super-sub"
for them, and he also had a couple of injuries during his time there.