Dusan Vlahovic has settled down effectively sufficient for Juventus to plan their assault across the Serbian. As golf equipment get into pre-seasons, conversations will centre on how Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez mattress in at Manchester City and Liverpool. And whether or not Gianluca Scamacca, Charles de Ketelaere and Hugo Ekitike will transfer to greater golf equipment earlier than the summer season switch window closes.
What unites these attacking gamers is their dimension and age. All are of their early 20s and at a bit over six foot one Nunez is the smallest with Scamacca the largest at six-five. “If you look at my body, if you look at my legs, you will see that I have changed a lot. I am completely different. I have become a real man,” Haaland (29 objectives and eight assists in 30 video games final time period for Borussia Dortmund) has informed AS. “I have become faster. That is one of the most important things. I have gone from 86 kilos to 94, but it is not a beer belly, it is about gross muscle mass. I take great care of what I eat.” Haaland can be six foot 4.
Barring Kylian Mbappe, there weren’t many younger forwards within the recreation who had velocity, energy, talent and have been large. It could also be untimely to say that the period of attacking gamers being small, fast of ft and technically adept is over however these six might give Mbappe firm over the following few years.
To make certain, not one in all them is a standard No 9 who will play off the shoulder of the final defender. Football has methods of peculiar however on this age of urgent, it’s tough to see a workforce succeeding with a giant, stationary centre-forward. All six are ingenious, can contain gamers round them, have good pictures, can carry the ball, beat defenders with tempo, play with their again to the defender and rating.
“When I played against Dusan, I noted how technically gifted and strong he was,” Matthijs de Ligt mentioned earlier than Juventus paid $76 million for one more participant Fiorentina wished to maintain however couldn’t (you possibly can return to the time of Roberto Baggio or take a look at the newer transfers of Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi).
Since becoming a member of in January, Vlahovic had 9 objectives and two assists in 21 Serie A video games and one in two Champions League ties.
City and Liverpool will need their key purchases to slot in simply as effectively. As was seen with Jack Grealish, City might use Haaland sparingly permitting the Norwegian to get used to their intricate enjoying model, one vastly completely different from the type of transitions Borussia Dortmund make. City have relied on a false 9 for a lot of the previous two seasons; it fetched two successive league titles and so was continued with even when Sergio Aguero was not injured. But whereas they’ve created quite a few possibilities, City lacked a participant who may very well be medical in entrance of aim. Enter Haaland.
His presence might imply Kevin de Bruyne could have it simpler discovering somebody within the field. It might additionally imply deliveries from full backs, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Guendogan, even Ederson. And although you possibly can by no means ignore that, there may be much more to Haaland than being an intimidating presence within the penalty space. He has a superb shot, can idiot defenders by trying to run at them after which going round them and, like the opposite 5, is nice at link-up play.
Like Haaland, who has solely seven headed objectives within the 86 he scored at Dortmund, Nunez just isn’t recognized for aerial proficiency. What he’s good at is utilizing the half-space on the left, like Alvaro Morata. Nunez might give Juergen Klopp an opportunity to additionally take a look at enjoying 4-2-3-1 extra typically. Liverpool have relied loads on their full backs to supply the ultimate ball. With Nunez, in addition they have the choice of enjoying extra centrally.
“If he stays healthy, he has a big career ahead of him,” Klopp mentioned of Nunez (34 objectives and 4 assists in 41 membership video games in 2021-22) after the Uruguayan impressed in each legs of the Liverpool-Benfica Champions League tie.
When Sassuolo boss Alessio Dionisi mentioned he hoped to proceed teaching Scamacca, he was being sensible. Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham have an interest within the participant who acquired 16 league objectives in 38 video games final time period; one lower than Vlahovic who had probably the most amongst gamers below 23 in Serie A. “Scamacca scores all kinds of goals: headers, goals from distance, close-range finishes. He’s powerful and skillful,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini has mentioned in ‘The Athletic’.
Like with Scamacca, there may be curiosity in Belgium’s De Ketelaere (18 objectives, 10 assists in 49 video games for Brugge) and French Ekitike who had 11 objectives and 5 assists in 27 video games for Reims. While De Ketelaere has acquired AC Milan to note his skills to play on the best, numbers 10, 9 and eight, Ekitike is claimed to be on Bayern Munich’s radar ought to Robert Lewandowski go away.