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Alkorta: "Umtiti has the potential to play and grow at Barça"

"He is a pure lefty, which can be very important if you share the centre-back position with a right-footed like Piqué or Mascherano", he says

Alkorta: "Umtiti has the potential to play and grow at Barça"
Alkorta: "Umtiti has the potential to play and grow at Barça"

"He is a pure lefty, which can be very important if you share the centre-back position with a right-footed like Piqué or Mascherano", he says

Míchel & Alkorta
Míchel & Alkorta

Rafael Alkorta, former Real Madrid and Athletic Club player, is currently living a difficult situation in Olympique de Marseille's staff: after Míchel has been let go, he's forced to find another work (in the case the new coach doesn't want hom) because he is under contract as assistant coach. However, he analyses for Mundo Deportivo Samuel Umtiti's characteristics. The player is interesting Barça.

Player's profile

  • "Umtiti is a boy with good technical abilities and a good ball clearance from behind."
  • "He is smart to create plays and very quick to go tackle decidedly"
  • "He has a good inside passing to break lines, more than his long ball."
  • "He is a pure lefty, which can be very important if you share the centre-back position with a right-footed like Piqué or Mascherano."

Weight on the defensive line

  • "In Lyon he's the one leading the back four alongside Yanga-Mbiwa depite being 22 years old."
  • "Ha demostrat molta personalitat i un gran sentit tàctic. No és ni de bon tros anàrquic".
  • "He has shown a lot of personnality and a great tactical awareness. 
  • "He likes to look forward but he is not one of those that go up the pitch and that forgets to get back to his position."

Comparison with Laporte

  • "Per tècnica i sortida de pilota amb l'esquerra són molt semblants, però [Laporte] és un esglaó més amunt".
  • "As for technical ability and ball clearance with the left foot they are very similar, but [Laporte] is one step ahead."

Projection

  • "He is a youngster with potential to play and grow in Barça."
  • "He has some work to do but without the ball he shows some virtues to be in the future one of the greats."

Transfer

  • "Considering how the centre-backs market is (in a rush and oversizes) [...] between 25 and 30 million Euros would be a fair price."
  • "It will be important to see how he copes with pressure if Barça signs him, but he has the brains to do so."