Scored two goals, forced an own-goal, and assisted another in European qualifiers this Season. Played the majority of the time as Left-Back, but in two games Vs Hapoel Be'er Sheva home and away, he was shifted at Left-Wing towards the end of the game, and from there he made his assist in the last video-clip. He had been a threat at coming at the end of crosses from set-pieces, and that's how he has scored the two goals as well as the own-goal he has forced. Defensively, he looked suspect in most of those matches, except Astana(away) when he was considerably better defensively, and more defensive-minded. With the ball, sometimes he looked relatively skilled for a Left-Back, but at others he looked sloppy, making some minor unforced-errors that luckily for him and his team, they didn't cost them a big deal. That's my thoughts for now, not suggesting Set changes or anything for now. Hopefully somebody knows him better from his time in Brazil with Santos and can discuss my observations about him for now.
As "hit and miss" signing as it gets.
Very offensive-minded Full-Back with however not so impressive end-product as well as many times essence in his attacking play(his biggest attacking contribution is connecting with deliveries from set-pieces). Defensively, he usually looks overall "suspect" in many matches like I have also said in my previous post, but for a very attacking-minded Full-Back like he is, he is relatively decent defensively. His biggest problem defensively is not tracking runners running for example in-behind him, but when defending against players running at him with the ball at their feet, he is actually quite decent at it, to steal the ball and shield it and pass to a teammate, or kick the ball to an opponent to win a goal-kick. Overall, I would say that tactically he needs a lot of work, both offensively and defensively, as right now his game lacks essence and especially discipline.
For an attacking-minded Full-Back he doesn't cross relatively much, and most of the times that's not a good thing at all, because instead of crossing when he is in a good position he likes to go for a another dribble which is a bit too much, and loses possession of the ball. When he crosses, his crossing is also a bit hit and miss; I have seen some good curling accurate crosses from him, but I have also seen some useless ones, difficult to say which is the most frequent of the two, because he doesn't cross much to test himself. What he does do a lot, are cut-backs into the box from around the bye-line area, and they are usually quite good and strong in their power, better than his crossing I think.
His high short-passing accuracy in his current Set is in my opinion from what I have seen from him not representative for him. He may make some good fancy passes from time to time, but as he is a hit and miss player like I have said above, as well as in my previous post, sometimes he also looks sloppy and wasteful when having the possession of the ball and tries to pass. Not consistent enough in my opinion, the same with his overall technique, even though dribbling accuracy and technique can rise up to high whites from what I have seen. His dribbling can be effective at times, and could have even been more effective if he didn't use it too often, but it is not really dribbling of an attacker by trade; not so skilled in technique. What he sometimes does and usually comes into good effect, is to use his body to make a feint and send the opponent the other way. An example of this is from the 4-0 victory Vs Nea Salamina, an own-goal he forced(the 2nd of the season, as well as 2 goals from connecting to Set-Pieces):
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I have even seen him taking direct Free-Kicks at one point this Season, I think it was under APOEL's 1st-coach of the Season Baltazar, and some of them were even good, despite never scoring a FK for APOEL up to now.
About his physical stats, I would only comment on him being better in the air, as he is a threat at Set-Pieces, his Stamina which needs small downgrade, and his Body Balance being lower than his current Set as despite not being weak, he is neither strong in relation to his size. He has just about satisfactory level of strength for a Full-Back in my opinion, and sometimes he uses it well to shield the ball. I have no problem with his current Speed stats, I think they reflect him quite well.
This Season he suffered a couple of muscle-injuries. When he played he played mainly as Left-Back, but there were instances in the Summer's European-Qualifiers that towards the end of matches he played as a Left-Winger. Lately, he is playing as a Left-Wing/Back in a 3-5-2 system, with reasonably good results. Maybe he finds that position instinctively more natural to him than Left-Back because he is an attacking-minded player, but there his lack of essence in attacking play is also exposed more. It will be interesting to see if he continues to play there for the long-term. Suggested Changes:
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- ADD- WB, and SM as 2nd-Positions
Defence: 59 (-3)
Balance: 77 (-4)
Stamina: 81 (-2)
Response: 73 (-3)
Dribble Accuracy: 74 (+1)
Short Pass Accuracy: 73 (-2)
Short Pass Speed: 71 (+2)
Long Pass Speed: 76 (-2)
Shot Accuracy: 65 (+1)
Shot Power: 78 (+1)
Shot Technique: 64 (+2)
Free Kick Accuracy: 60 (+5)
Jump: 74 (+5)
Technique: 73 (+1)
Aggression: 84 (+2)
Teamwork: 71 (-3)
ADD: P11 - Cut Back Pass & P17 - Offensive Sideback Cards
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