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10 footballing attributes Gervinho possesses

Gervais Yao Kouassi was born on the 27th of May, 1987 in Anyama, Ivory Coast. In his youthful days at the ASEC Abidjan academy, his Brazilian coach in the acedemy derived a nickname from his first name Gervais. The nickname shared the same last syllable with Brazilian legends like Serginho, Juninho and Ronaldinho. Like Farmer Eboue, he got his big break in Beveren of Belgium before Le Mans snapped him up for a meager sum of £575,000. Two seasons,  59 games and nine league goals after, LOSC Lille Metropole came knocking on Le Mans’ door and they multiplied his transfer sum by 10 to sell him to Lille at £5.75m. He dazzled the Lille faithful in his first season with 13 league goals in 32 appearances and went even better in the season that just wrapped up with 15 goals in 35 appearances which inspired Lille to a League and Cup double. The best thing about Gervinho is that he’s in the mold of excellent wingers that can be deployed in the center forward position and that kind of versatility could play a role in a club like Arsenal.

Gervinho has also represented Ivory Coast on the International scene. He was the captain of the Ivory Coast Under-23 side that represented Africa in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His first competitive stint with Ivory Coast came in the 2008 African Cup of Nations that took place in Ghana. He has done well to make 27 appearances for his national side and he has scored six goals. Gervinho has certain attributes that make him a standout performer. These attributes have have made him to become a sought-after player and he has attracted sides like Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Here’s my take of the top 10 attributes possessed by Gervinho.

Pace

Pace is an attribute that’s important for any winger in World football. Gervinho has lots of pace in his system and it’s going to be a useful tool in the World’s fastest league, The Barclay’s Premier League. In a club like Arsenal, Gervinho will have to do some running because they’ll be times when Fabregas or anyone else would want to give that killer defense splitting pass that cuts opposition backlines like hot knife through butter. There are many wingers that are faster than Gervinho in World football but the top five on my list are Theo Walcott, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Eljero Elia and Victor Obinna

Technique

Gervinho can be a live-wire when the ball is at his feet. His technique has been proven in his Le Mans and Lille games because he has scored all sorts of technically astute goals ranging from first time volleys to bicycle kicks.

Dribbling

Before you decide to take on the role of a winger, you’ll have to be able to take on opponents using a direct technical skill called dribbling. Luckily for Arsenal, Gervinho can be ranked as one of the best dribblers in the business. There are not much better dribblers in Africa than Gervais Yao Kouassi. Adel Taarabt, Salomon Kalou and Steven Pienaar are the closest contenders to the Ivorian winger.

Finishing

Gervinho’s goal scoring record in the French league speaks for itself. In the space of two years, he has played 69 league games for Lille and he has scored 28 goals. We all know that there are two goal crazy wingers in World football and they are the star players of the two biggest clubs in Spain but Gervinho is the kind of player that would score a goal when he gets the chance to.

Stamina

When the word stamina is mentioned in football, Dirk Kuyt and Park Ji-Sung are the two names  that come into any football lover’s mind but Gervinho is a player that also has the stamina of an ox. He can go on a competitive run of games without whining that he needs to be rested but when he joins Arsenal he’ll have to prove that he deserves to get a run-out of consistent games. Africa’s number one stamina bison is Michael Essien though.

First touch

Gervinho is a winger that possesses an excellent first touch. In football, one touch too many is more than enough for the opposition defense to recover well  so having a player that has a good first touch will be vital in attack. Robn van Persie is one of the most technically gifted players with an amazing first touch but the King of the First Touch in my book is Manchester United’s Bulgarian forward, Dimitar Berbatov. That guy can control a ball that landed from outer space.

Off the ball

Gervinho’s off the ball movement shows that he can be a constant thorn in the flesh of the opposition. Last season, there were many games where Ludovic Obraniak and the BioHazard of Eden possessed the ball with the aim of feeding Gervnho who played behind Moussa Sow sometimes but the opposition defense failed to keep the winger in check because off the ball ability.

Flair

Gervinho can give himself a pat on the back for being one of the most flambouyant wingers in Africa. His body language as well as his movement is a thing of beauty.

Creativity

Arsenal Football Club is a team that is renowned for its amazing reserve of creative talent and this is evident because the creativity begins from the frontline to the midfield. Robin van Persie is a striker that has laid assists for his teammates times without number. Marouane Chamakh is also a selfless footballer that can lay a pass to a teammate to score when the chance arises. Nicklas Bendtner tends to take the selfish approach at times but his lovely weighted cross to van Persie against Leeds United in Elland Road can’t be forgotten so easily. Theo Walcott is another forward that has lays on passes for the killer blow although he had a knack for feeding van Persie with goal scoring chances and Arsenal’s flying dutchman wasted no time in converting the bulk of them. Arsenal’s midfield is honored with the most creative 24-year old in existence, Francesc Fabregas. Andrei Arshavin is a player that has been criticized by the fans but he still managed to lay on 17 assists to his peers. The list of creative midfielders in the club is quite endless but you’ll have to make do with Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky. Gervinho shold be grateful that he’s going to join the ranks of such a creative array of talent. An array so creative that it gifted Emmanuel Greedybayor 30 goals and a shitload of misses.

Determination

When the chips were down for Arsenal last season in many games, Robin van Persie, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny stepped their game up to put up stellar performances but their teammates still let them down in many games. When Arsenal played so poorly against Stoke, van Persie did very well to score a goal for his team but Johan Djourou’s carelessness gifted Stoke with the match winner late on. When Manchester United were leading Arsenal by two goals late on, Bacary Sagna did extremely well to get clear of Evra to sent a cross to Rosicky but the Czech captain chose the wrongest time to shoot some air. When Arsenal were a goal down to Bolton, Djourou foolishly conceded a penalty and Wojciech Szczesny did well to save the spot kick and spare his blushes but the defense crumbled in the last minute to concede the goal that said sayonara to Arsenal’s title challenge. Gervinho is a player that is highly motivated so I’m positive that he can come with the goods when Arsenal needs that unsung hero that would score a 90th minute goal to win all three points.

Sayonara.

10 footballing attributes Gervinho possesses

Gervais Yao Kouassi was born on the 27th of May, 1987 in Anyama, Ivory Coast. In his youthful days at the ASEC Abidjan academy, his Brazilian coach in the acedemy derived a nickname from his first name Gervais. The nickname shared the same last syllable with Brazilian legends like Serginho, Juninho and Ronaldinho. Like Farmer Eboue, he got his big break in Beveren of Belgium before Le Mans snapped him up for a meager sum of £575,000. Two seasons,  59 games and nine league goals after, LOSC Lille Metropole came knocking on Le Mans’ door and they multiplied his transfer sum by 10 to sell him to Lille at £5.75m. He dazzled the Lille faithful in his first season with 13 league goals in 32 appearances and went even better in the season that just wrapped up with 15 goals in 35 appearances which inspired Lille to a League and Cup double. The best thing about Gervinho is that he’s in the mold of excellent wingers that can be deployed in the center forward position and that kind of versatility could play a role in a club like Arsenal.

Gervinho has also represented Ivory Coast on the International scene. He was the captain of the Ivory Coast Under-23 side that represented Africa in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His first competitive stint with Ivory Coast came in the 2008 African Cup of Nations that took place in Ghana. He has done well to make 27 appearances for his national side and he has scored six goals. Gervinho has certain attributes that make him a standout performer. These attributes have have made him to become a sought-after player and he has attracted sides like Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Here’s my take of the top 10 attributes possessed by Gervinho.

Pace

Pace is an attribute that’s important for any winger in World football. Gervinho has lots of pace in his system and it’s going to be a useful tool in the World’s fastest league, The Barclay’s Premier League. In a club like Arsenal, Gervinho will have to do some running because they’ll be times when Fabregas or anyone else would want to give that killer defense splitting pass that cuts opposition backlines like hot knife through butter. There are many wingers that are faster than Gervinho in World football but the top five on my list are Theo Walcott, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Eljero Elia and Victor Obinna

Technique

Gervinho can be a live-wire when the ball is at his feet. His technique has been proven in his Le Mans and Lille games because he has scored all sorts of technically astute goals ranging from first time volleys to bicycle kicks.

Dribbling

Before you decide to take on the role of a winger, you’ll have to be able to take on opponents using a direct technical skill called dribbling. Luckily for Arsenal, Gervinho can be ranked as one of the best dribblers in the business. There are not much better dribblers in Africa than Gervais Yao Kouassi. Adel Taarabt, Salomon Kalou and Steven Pienaar are the closest contenders to the Ivorian winger.

Finishing

Gervinho’s goal scoring record in the French league speaks for itself. In the space of two years, he has played 69 league games for Lille and he has scored 28 goals. We all know that there are two goal crazy wingers in World football and they are the star players of the two biggest clubs in Spain but Gervinho is the kind of player that would score a goal when he gets the chance to.

Stamina

When the word stamina is mentioned in football, Dirk Kuyt and Park Ji-Sung are the two names  that come into any football lover’s mind but Gervinho is a player that also has the stamina of an ox. He can go on a competitive run of games without whining that he needs to be rested but when he joins Arsenal he’ll have to prove that he deserves to get a run-out of consistent games. Africa’s number one stamina bison is Michael Essien though.

First touch

Gervinho is a winger that possesses an excellent first touch. In football, one touch too many is more than enough for the opposition defense to recover well  so having a player that has a good first touch will be vital in attack. Robn van Persie is one of the most technically gifted players with an amazing first touch but the King of the First Touch in my book is Manchester United’s Bulgarian forward, Dimitar Berbatov. That guy can control a ball that landed from outer space.

Off the ball

Gervinho’s off the ball movement shows that he can be a constant thorn in the flesh of the opposition. Last season, there were many games where Ludovic Obraniak and the BioHazard of Eden possessed the ball with the aim of feeding Gervnho who played behind Moussa Sow sometimes but the opposition defense failed to keep the winger in check because off the ball ability.

Flair

Gervinho can give himself a pat on the back for being one of the most flambouyant wingers in Africa. His body language as well as his movement is a thing of beauty.

Creativity

Arsenal Football Club is a team that is renowned for its amazing reserve of creative talent and this is evident because the creativity begins from the frontline to the midfield. Robin van Persie is a striker that has laid assists for his teammates times without number. Marouane Chamakh is also a selfless footballer that can lay a pass to a teammate to score when the chance arises. Nicklas Bendtner tends to take the selfish approach at times but his lovely weighted cross to van Persie against Leeds United in Elland Road can’t be forgotten so easily. Theo Walcott is another forward that has lays on passes for the killer blow although he had a knack for feeding van Persie with goal scoring chances and Arsenal’s flying dutchman wasted no time in converting the bulk of them. Arsenal’s midfield is honored with the most creative 24-year old in existence, Francesc Fabregas. Andrei Arshavin is a player that has been criticized by the fans but he still managed to lay on 17 assists to his peers. The list of creative midfielders in the club is quite endless but you’ll have to make do with Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky. Gervinho shold be grateful that he’s going to join the ranks of such a creative array of talent. An array so creative that it gifted Emmanuel Greedybayor 30 goals and a shitload of misses.

Determination

When the chips were down for Arsenal last season in many games, Robin van Persie, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny stepped their game up to put up stellar performances but their teammates still let them down in many games. When Arsenal played so poorly against Stoke, van Persie did very well to score a goal for his team but Johan Djourou’s carelessness gifted Stoke with the match winner late on. When Manchester United were leading Arsenal by two goals late on, Bacary Sagna did extremely well to get clear of Evra to sent a cross to Rosicky but the Czech captain chose the wrongest time to shoot some air. When Arsenal were a goal down to Bolton, Djourou foolishly conceded a penalty and Wojciech Szczesny did well to save the spot kick and spare his blushes but the defense crumbled in the last minute to concede the goal that said sayonara to Arsenal’s title challenge. Gervinho is a player that is highly motivated so I’m positive that he can come with the goods when Arsenal needs that unsung hero that would score a 90th minute goal to win all three points.

This post was served to you as an appetizer for the main dish which would involve Arsenal news and transfer gossip but I’ll urge you to read Sounak Mukhejee’s brilliant article tagged bring back the counter-attacking and the fluidity.

Trust me when i write this.

It’s worth a read.

The main dish come’s up in a few hours time.

Sayonara.

10 Football Attributes Juan Manuel Mata possesses

Born on the 28th of April 1988 in the city of Oviedo, Juan Manuel Mata started his career in Real Madrid’s youth ranks in 2004 before stepping up to Real Madrid Castilla two years later. In his time at Castilla, the left-footed youngster made 35 Liga Adelante appearances and scored 10 goals but that was his last act as a Real Madrid player because Valencia CF snapped him up on a free transfer.

In the Mestalla, Mata has flourished as a player and has been very consistent for the Spanish outfit. In his first season at the club, he made 24 Liga BBVA appearances and scored 5 goals. In his second season in Valencia, he was ever-present for the club and missed only one league match all season long scoring 11 in the process. Mata became a household name in Valencia after the club’s biggest assets; David Villa and David Silva were sold out after seasons of courtship from many suitors.

On the International scene, Spain is a country that is blessed with a vast array of talent in midfield so Mata has featured sparingly for the nation but he got his debut against Turkey on the 28th of March, 2009. He has played only 11 games for Spain and has scored four goals but he has featured for the country in all available youth levels with the highest amount of appearances in the Under-21 level.

Mata hasn’t won anything at club level but the three medals he amassed have been won in the national team colors of Spain. In 2006, he won the European Under-19 Championships before winning the 2010 World Cup with Spain last summer. He was voted as the MVP in the recently concluded European Under-21 Championships that took place in Scandinavia. Spain also emerged as the winners of that tournament.

Mata has been on the radar of Arsenal Football Club and has been touted as the potential replacement for Arsenal’s departing captain, Francesc Fabregas.

Here’s my take on the top 10 footballing attributes possessed by Juan Manuel Mata.

 

Dribbling

Mata is a very skillful player that’s never afraid to take on his man and the fact that he’s a left footed player makes it extremely difficult for defenders to come up against him because left footers have this knack for an unpredictable style of dribbling. FC Bayern and Holland’s Arjen Robben is a classic example of the ideal dribbler. You can’t also talk about left-footed dribblers without mentioning the World’s best player, Lionel Messi.

Finishing

Judging by Mata’s overall statistics in his days in Real Madrid Castilla and Valencia, he has played 168 league games and he has smashed the net 43 times. Bear it in mind that Mata is a player that cuts in from the wings or plays behind the main striker so this goal to game ratio is very good. Even Football Manager gave him a finishing rating of 18/20. You know what that means.

Technique

Juan Mata’s has close control and can be a live wire with the ball at his feet. Thee so many things he can do with the ball that would make you admire the beautiful game even more. He also knows how to strike the ball sweetly. Only football “technicians” own such an attribute

Off the Ball movement

When Juan Mata is not with the ball, he’s a constant thorn in the flesh of many defenders because his of the ball movement is sleek. From throw-ins to more passes from a teammate, Mata is a player that can be backed upon to make himself available for a pass.

Pace

Standing with a frame of just 1.70m, Juan Mata is in the mold of players that have a low centre of gravity so his feet tend to move quicker than your average Joe and he uses this attribute to his advantage. He’ the kind of player that likes a through ball well ahead of him because he can use his pace to good effect.

Passing

Juan Mata can be in the hole behind the striker and can assume the mantle of the attacking playmaker. This is a role that he plays freely and he has an eagle eye for a pass that can tear defenses open like hot knife through butter.

Versatility

This is a very powerful tool that has been an upper hand for many football teams from the days of Nasazzi in the 1930 World Cup. Any team that has a player who’s very versatile has a big bonus because the player can be deployed in any of the available positions he’s adept in to cover up for the space that has been made by the injured player. Juan Mata is a striker that can play on the left wing. He’s also very comfortable playing in the No. 10 and Valencia has benefitted greatly from his versatility.

Flair

Juan Mata’s body movement is a class act and he’s regarded as one of the most flamboyant wingers in Spain. Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Manchester City’s David Silva also fall into that mold of Spanish flamboyant wingers.

Teamwork

Juan Mata is a very selfless individual that’s never afraid to tee another teammate up to take the glory of a goal as well as when he’s far up the pitch. He plays with his eyes open because it’s already in his nature to feed a teammate when available.

Composure

There are so many strikers in the Planet that have spurned one on one chances because of their lack of composure but Mata is a player that picks his spot when he’s closing in on the opponent’s goalie. Every lethal finisher in the football World has a high degree of composure attached to their play. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Filippo Inzaghi, Hernan Crespo, Robin van Persie but to name a few. All these strikers have that killer instinct and know where to put the ball before it gets to their feet. It’s pleasing to know that Mata is somewhere up in the mix.

Summary

With a player as great as Francesc Fabregas Soler literally out of Arsenal, Mata is the best player to fill in his boots and a bid of at least £25m will be more than enough to seal the deal for the Spanish youngster so the gooners will be keeping their fingers crossed as the days go by.

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