Proast the years but central defenses likeGerard Piqu, Godn, Chielini and Sergio Ramosthey remain untouchable pieces in their team rosters. This summer seems like a good time to try to anticipate the inevitable problem they will have when those centrals stop being at the desired level. For it,Driblab Consulting Selects Five Young Players Who Are Ready To Jumpto a large team that can smooth the post-Ramos-Piqu or Godn-Chiellini transition:
Undoubtedly, the central defender who most relates to both clubs in recent weeks. The FrenchIt is the most complete profile for its good long and short outputand adaptation to different defensive contexts. He is a central defender capable of getting out of position to make tackles and interceptions and is a dominating player in the air game. Years ago he still had to improve with the ball but the 2019/20 season has been his explosion as an influential player in the start from behind, as we see in the ‘Construction xG’ metric, which measures the relevance in plays that generated danger.
The shortage of centrals that can participate in the left-handed profile makes any option more expensive. In La Liga this season we have seen the appearance of two very good profiles like Pau Torres and Robin Le Normand. The French is a player with a performance very similar – and even superior – to that of Clement Lenglet in the 2017/18 season that earned him his transfer to Barcelona.Constantly improving in the air game, safely in one on one winning 81% of those actions and with great success with the pass, both short and long, although it should progress having more influence by initiating attacks but it is a more affordable market option than Upamecano.
The Driblab consultancy has a similarity tool that searches for profiles with a performance as similar as possible between players. If we analyze Gerard Piqu 2019/20 and look for a sub 21 replacement there are two names with very similar figures: Matthijs De Ligt and Ozan Kabak. As the Netherlands is an unrealistic option after his transfer last summer, the Turkish central is a more than interesting and much cheaper bet. Withmastery of the air game and more ability to go to tackle and intercept,Kabak is a very complete profile, although he still has to improve with the ball despite the fact that his numbers are not negative considering the Schalke’s so direct and little elaborate style.
With his 22 years this Brazilian central has arrived in the European elite to stay. His season shows not only the powerful air that was already years ago and theone-on-one security, stands out for its vision of the gameworthy of a large team. Gabriel Magalhaes is a key footballer in the start from behind with great influence on the creation of dangerous plays for Lille.
The great hope of Spanish football for lagging behind in the coming years. His first season in the top category has surprised by his great performance and that added to the shortage of left-handed centrals makes him one of the most coveted players on the market. If we seehis performance closely resembles that of Sergio Ramos due to his influence with the ball in terms of successful metrics with the passand of incidence in the creation of danger (Construction xG). Pau Torres seems a name to value to give the relief to Ramos if we compare his figures with the pass.