HIDDEN GEMS OF EUROPE|WINGERS

Name: Mustapha Bundu Age: 22 years old  

Country: Sierra Leone Club: AGF Aarhus

Height: 6’2

Best Attributes

  • Acceleration
  • Finishing
  • Dribbling
  • Strength
  • Technique

Overview

Leads the line and spearhead’s attacking moves for his team by both scoring and creating goals. Perfect examples of this is when he scored a hattrick against Aalborg, were Bundu gets into his stride he is impossible to bring back with his athletic style of running, striding away from his opponents. He is cool calm and collective bringing the ball into the area shifting the ball on to either foot and showing he is a natural finisher, side footing the ball into either corner of the goal.

The creative side of his game, was shown against FC Nordsjaelland. Picking the ball up in the final third, flicking the ball over an oncoming defender slid tackle and accelerates to hit the by-line, having a good understanding of where his teammates are, he gets his head up and cuts the ball across the eighteen-yard box to set his team mate with a goalscoring opportunity.

His physical side of his game is a massive benefit, holding off players while shielding the ball and using them to turn off and run into space, with quick counter attacks or holding the ball up as a wide target man to bring his team up the pitch. Putting all his attributes together it is no surprise he has been deployed in a centre forward role. Using his physicality to disrupt the opposition defence, he attempts to use his size to score and bring others into play. He doesn’t shy away from his defensive duties either consistently tracking his man into his own half and turns up in his own area, getting the ball away to safety. This shows Bundu’s versatility in his game.

Conclusion

Bundu has all the attributes and skills to play in the Primer League but unfortunately, he wouldn’t be able to get a work permit. The league similar would lead him to the Bundesliga but before that comes calling a stint in the Belgium league for a Club Brugge or Genk would benefit his game massively, who love to use powerful and quick wingers in their systems. All signs lead Bundu to being a top winger and hopefully I see him plying his trade in one of the top leagues soon.

Key Stats: 5 goals, 7 assists, 4.72 dribbles per 90-61.4% success rate.

Name: Kevin Varga Age: 23 years old

Club: Debrecen Country: Hungary

Height: 5’10

Best Attributes

  • Dribbling
  • Set Pieces
  • Shooting
  • Pace

Overview

Varga has an excellent football brain, his abilities on the pitch show that everything he does is calculated to open up the opposition. He can play across the front three, comfortable as a winger to stretch the defence and help his team play wide or playing on the left cutting inside allowing full backs to push on. Some occasions played as a number 10, watching him play this position he consistently has his head up, seeing what unfolds in front of his eyes adding the link up play with team mates is very good, always searching for the strikers run. Even creating chances for himself to get some audacious long-range shots off.

Turning players inside out with his dribbling technique he is very comfortable with either foot. Never shying away from receiving the ball in the final third coupling that with him finding the space in between the lines of his opposition. Showing confidence in his abilities at squaring up his opponent to set himself up to run in side and take the shot on, seems to consistently have the goalkeeper stretching for a good save or ruffling the back of the net. His set pieces are a strong asset, especially free kicks scoring a few of his goals from dead ball situations, in particular

Conclusion

He shows all the attributes that he could play at a high level, potentially the Bundesliga. He has the physical capabilities to handle this tough league. Rangers would be nice place for him to start, fitting nicely into a club that plays a 4-3-3 system and should comfortably start in the team straight away, having an impact on them from day one.

Key stats: 4 goals, 3 assists, 4.3 dribbles per 90-59% success.

Name: Igor Ivanovic Age: 22 years old

Club: Napredak Country: Serbia

Height: 5’9

Best Attributes

  • Technique
  • Dribbling
  • Finishing
  • Movement

Overview

Ivanovic has been playing on the right side of a three, mainly operating in between the central defender and full back, the inside forward role as it called. He isn’t selfish surprisingly for a tricky winger, always looking for one two between him and the full back trying cute flicks into space. He is very affective in this area of the pitch cutting inside with his quick turn of foot, the effortless ability of getting his head up and seeing the picture infold, having the ability to switch flanks or playing passes through the defensive line.

Even though Ivanovic is very left foot dominate, the technical side of his game is his best weapon. He comes alive in the eighteen yard-box. Best example of this is with his progressive running, arriving in the box expertly timed with his teammate crossing the ball in he has finished it off with overhead kicks quite often some outstanding technique sending the ball past the goalkeeper.

Sometimes players have tricks but never with any purpose, in this case with Igor gathering the ball up in the opposition half, with his first touch the unpredictability he possesses allows him to open his body up, with a simple step over to a Maradona turn, sliding the ball through a players legs to get a shot off with precision or whipping the ball across the box, there always seems to be and end product in Ivanovic’s play.

Conclusion

Igor Ivanovic is a talented footballer who should be playing at a higher level, with his abilities on the ball. Being made captain of his football club at such a young age shows the level of maturity and professionalism he has. The mental side of his game should help massively with him settling into a new country and culture. With a team in the Eredivise, which find players like this that don’t cost a lot of money. This type of league would suit his style of play and develop him, going further into his career. This would be a perfect place to showcase his talents and hopefully from there he develops into a player a top five league would want.

Key Stats: 6 goals, 4 assists, 6.9 Dribbles per 90 61.3%