petreleo wrote:Here are my thoughts on a Set for new APOEL's young star Musa Al-Taamari. Signed this Summer from Jordanian club Shabab Al-Ordon Club for an undisclosed fee allegedly about 500thousand euros, having previously been on-loan at fellow Jordanian club Al-Jazeera.
The International has enjoyed a successful loan-spell the previous Season for one year at Al-Jazeera scoring 17 goals in 32 matches matches, including 6 in 8 appearances in the Asian Football Confederation Cup. After his impressive form, he has been nicknamed by local fans and media as the "new" Messi, Salah, and even Mahrez, and in January 2018 according to him he had rejected an offer to join Inter Milan, as well as an unnamed Portuguese club.
Since joining APOEL, after showing good form in many of the friendlies, he has become their 1st-choice Right-Winger cutting inside with his strong Left-foot, since the start of the European Qualifiers. Despite the fact that the team has failed to qualify for European Group-Stages for the first time in 6 years, Al-Taamari had been one of the very few players that "caught" the eye in those matches. Extremely quick off the mark, really fluid agile body movements to avoid opponent's defenders, as well as great speed on-the-ball over distance are undoubtedly some of his biggest assets by far. Reasonably strong for his size, good stamina, and because of this he is surprisingly good at tracking back and defending, and going on until the end of the match at decently good levels of fitness.
APOEL's Coach made the mistake to take him off as a substitute at about 60-70th minute in the European Qualifiers. In my opinion, a player who can run with crazy speeds like that, take players on and take the ball past them, is needed towards the end of the game more than ever, when the opponents are tired. Maybe this was the reason why the team didn't make it to the European Group-Stages. Especially in the home 2nd-leg Vs Suduva when APOEL needed one goal to make it through in the next round of the UCL, their decision to take off Al-Taamari costed them big time, as their attack was "dead" after that.
Talking about his weaknesses, his final-product hasn't become good yet, due to his inexperience, and his impressive and ambitious dribbling-runs often end in "dead-ends". His finishing isn't that bad though, he has a good technical shot on him, but I just believe that his passing and crossing should start becoming more accurate and purposeful now that he is starting to adapt well in the team, and even passing a bit more rather than dribbling until the end, and after that the rest will fix naturally. Right now, he tends to run the whole length of the pitch until the very end, and then attempt a cut-back into the box. So far, he has won two penalties, one away in a 2-2 draw at Israel Vs Hapoel Be'er Sheva, and one yesterday for the winning goal in the 0-1 win Vs Ermis Aradippou in the premiere of the League.
All in all, I believe that he is a great talent, a rough diamond, who however has been thrown in the deep at APOEL as a 1st-eleven player from the start, due to the lack of many other good options at the Winger's position, exactly like Roland Sallai last Season. I think that he would have been better-off if he has been "eased" into the team, as a squad-rotational option at first, especially in the European Qualifiers, to come as a substitute towards the end and make the difference, rather than as a starter.
petreleo wrote:These two youngsters played a crazy good game the other day in the 5-1 derby win Vs Apollon Limassol.
They lined-up quite surprisingly as a fluid front-two partnership in a 3-5-2, the formation England used in the World Cup, and they played some very good football in that match, two of APOEL's best players on the night for sure, devastating on the counter-attack.
Al-Taamari won a penalty(APOEL's 1st), scored a goal after the GK saved his teammate's penalty and he got the rebound, another goal from a through-pass(APOEL's 4th), assisted APOEL's 5th goal(even despite clearly getting fouled before), and gave the pass that resulted in APOEL's 2nd penalty(2nd goal). Gifs from all of these in the 2nd-Spoiler below. The 3rd gif is a good through-ball from him to find a teammate inside the box, who missed the chance.
Natel scored an amazing direct-FK in "Riise" style(gif in 1st-spoiler), and he was also very much involved in the match, him and Al-Taamari combined really well in the process of APOEL winning their 2nd-penalty(4th gif in the 2nd-Spoiler).
In the 3rd-Spoiler I have also putted together some gifs of Al-Taamari's skills this Season, and I was planning to post them sometime, and I guess this is a good opportunity after him being in great form. APOEL will miss him for sure when he play in the Asian Cup for Jordan in January. APOEL this Season without Taamari isn't the same team like when he plays, hands-down their best and most valuable player this Season. The Set I posted above for him is possibly underrated for him, but definitely a good starting-point to start judging him; clearly defining biggest assets&weaknesses.
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