I guess you could call this something like a scout report on a match a player is in, although scouts are expected to look at multiple players in a game so for real-life scouts this kind of thing, I imagine, is totally unfeasible.
I split a centre-back’s qualities up (the ones *I* think you should look for at least), although these overlap. Awareness feeds into positioning, as does decision making, and all three of these feed into how a player can overcome any deficiencies they may have in speed or strength departments). There’s no reason to the order of them, this one just means I can remember it better.
Jores Okore (vs Leicester City, 16/01/16)
Ball-playing; Positioning; Awareness; Decision-making/fundamental errors; Strength and Speed (/how they overcome it)
Nothing particularly of note. As ridiculous as this sounds, the movement of his body as he passed looked smooth, as did the ball as it left his foot – which is important because I think a bouncing ball can be a real hindrance. I have a belief that getting the ball flat, rolling on the pitch instead of it bouncing and bobbling around is a fairly important marginal gains area. At one point early in the match it did seem like the Villa midfield were reluctant to pass the ball to the centre-backs, but other than that there’s nothing much to speak of.
Okore’s positioning in this match, at times, made it apparent why there was some talk about him being a quite a good player a while ago. Continue reading