Chuba Amechi Akpom

#63
All my mates are Greek and are PAOK fans and say we have got a steal.

They go on (all of them) and say (in Greek but I’ve translated) -
‘yes his strike rate isn’t as good as Britt’s but, his could well improve, much like Britt’s has gone backwards‘QUOTE]
Don't think it has

Let's hope they can play well together and get loads anyway
 
#64
Old Arsenal scouting report:

Style of play, Strengths and Weaknesses
First, let’s establish Akpom’s position. Akpom is a pure striker. Although he could possibly play on the wings, through the middle is his best position. Under Steve Gatting Arsenal usually play a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Akpom fits both formations as it gives him more space to run into as the lone striker. He is a shade over 6 feet, but is quick and strong on the ball. In an era where strikers are required to be involved in build-up play, Akpom seems to have an ability and preference for finding pockets of space. Much like a past Arsenal striker, Akpom likes to drift to the wings, especially to the left (I won’t draw comparisons just yet). Like most Arsenal players, he’s very comfortable on the ball and links up well with players around, albeit this is not his typical style.
Akpom can run with the ball at his feet and seems confident and capable of running at defenders. We saw this in Arsenal’s FA Cup win against Brighton- Akpom picked the ball up, beat two players then laid it off to Rosicky. Furthermore, tricks don’t seem too far from his mind. The odd feint and step over are often used to gain space but with the more experienced defenders in the Premier League this may not work so well. I think in Akpom’s case less might be more. He is not a Giroud style player; a player who likes midfielders playing off him and being a wall for midfielders to play off. Akpom’s game is predicated on movement. I’m not saying he should not be involved in the build-up, but rather making runs towards goal and stretching the defence. As proven by his 9 goals in the under 21 league this year, Akpom can finish. Akpom is a goal scorer but maybe needs to be more selfish and have a killer instinct in the box.
Physically, Akpom is an athlete. As mentioned, he has good pace and strength on the ball. Aerially he has a good leap and has many times beaten defenders to crosses because of this. As good a physical specimen as he is, Akpom is also a clever player. He seems to have a natural awareness for angles and space. Although this is still a bit unpolished, there is serious potential there. Although he is a striker he is more than ready to pick a pass and move to find space. This is obviously going to be a key tool if he is to be a success for future Arsenal teams.
If there is an obvious weakness to Akpom’s game it’s his shooting. By shooting, I mean from outside the box. This said, I don’t see this as a huge problem as he won’t be required to do this too much. He seems perfectly capable of finishing moves in or just outside the box.
As with all young strikers, confidence and experience are key. In his recent cameo against Villa, we saw the confidence, but not the experience. The experience will come, it’s keeping the confidence that’s the problem. Most strikers go through dry spells, but it’s stringing together consistent performances that is the key. The goals will come if you put yourself in the right areas. In the Premier League especially, Akpom will sometimes have to use his brain more than his feet.
In sum, Akpom’s main strengths are movement, pace and finishing. In Wenger he has one of the best talent spotters and attacking coaches, always willing to give youth a chance.
Scout no longer with Arsenal.😀
 
#65
Old Arsenal scouting report:

Style of play, Strengths and Weaknesses
First, let’s establish Akpom’s position. Akpom is a pure striker. Although he could possibly play on the wings, through the middle is his best position. Under Steve Gatting Arsenal usually play a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Akpom fits both formations as it gives him more space to run into as the lone striker. He is a shade over 6 feet, but is quick and strong on the ball. In an era where strikers are required to be involved in build-up play, Akpom seems to have an ability and preference for finding pockets of space. Much like a past Arsenal striker, Akpom likes to drift to the wings, especially to the left (I won’t draw comparisons just yet). Like most Arsenal players, he’s very comfortable on the ball and links up well with players around, albeit this is not his typical style.
Akpom can run with the ball at his feet and seems confident and capable of running at defenders. We saw this in Arsenal’s FA Cup win against Brighton- Akpom picked the ball up, beat two players then laid it off to Rosicky. Furthermore, tricks don’t seem too far from his mind. The odd feint and step over are often used to gain space but with the more experienced defenders in the Premier League this may not work so well. I think in Akpom’s case less might be more. He is not a Giroud style player; a player who likes midfielders playing off him and being a wall for midfielders to play off. Akpom’s game is predicated on movement. I’m not saying he should not be involved in the build-up, but rather making runs towards goal and stretching the defence. As proven by his 9 goals in the under 21 league this year, Akpom can finish. Akpom is a goal scorer but maybe needs to be more selfish and have a killer instinct in the box.
Physically, Akpom is an athlete. As mentioned, he has good pace and strength on the ball. Aerially he has a good leap and has many times beaten defenders to crosses because of this. As good a physical specimen as he is, Akpom is also a clever player. He seems to have a natural awareness for angles and space. Although this is still a bit unpolished, there is serious potential there. Although he is a striker he is more than ready to pick a pass and move to find space. This is obviously going to be a key tool if he is to be a success for future Arsenal teams.
If there is an obvious weakness to Akpom’s game it’s his shooting. By shooting, I mean from outside the box. This said, I don’t see this as a huge problem as he won’t be required to do this too much. He seems perfectly capable of finishing moves in or just outside the box.
As with all young strikers, confidence and experience are key. In his recent cameo against Villa, we saw the confidence, but not the experience. The experience will come, it’s keeping the confidence that’s the problem. Most strikers go through dry spells, but it’s stringing together consistent performances that is the key. The goals will come if you put yourself in the right areas. In the Premier League especially, Akpom will sometimes have to use his brain more than his feet.
In sum, Akpom’s main strengths are movement, pace and finishing. In Wenger he has one of the best talent spotters and attacking coaches, always willing to give youth a chance.
Should staple this to Assombalonga’s forehea!
 

JM14

Well-known member
#67
played a lot of games out wide in his teens - only had 2 decent seasons, but has contributed to big wins

3m is total fee including add-ons
price is market value for him, when most sales are above - so good deal
To be fair I dont think its the worst signing we can made, but the fee just suggests were absolutely desperate, and panic buys dont exactly work out for us, wonder how far down the list we are now.....
 

coluka

Well-known member
#70
To be fair I dont think its the worst signing we can made, but the fee just suggests were absolutely desperate, and panic buys dont exactly work out for us, wonder how far down the list we are now.....
I think a second list may have had to be drawn up. I am just relieved Gill’s Atari ST super computer stood up to the additional pressures placed on it.
 

newyddion

Well-known member
#73
I know this might sound ridiculous (and I will get shot down for saying this), but I think Football Manager (the computer game) is pretty much the same level as real life football management nowadays. On the back of that statement and using my knowledge-base, I think that this is a bad move, not only in footballing terms but also financially. If it were me, which it could be in the future, I would hang onto the cash and wait for alternative options. We must be quite far down our list of potential targets now and if there is a larger fee involved, I would politely walk away. Without knowing the financial details of this deal, I feel that this deal has "risk" written all over it.
Who would you have went for and who do you conciser not to be a risk?
 

Blf

Well-known member
#76
I asked my mate about him as hes been on holiday to Greece. He said "I haven't got a clue mate". I have no reason to doubt him but if we are paying €3 million for him I would expect a better report.
 
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