After recent reports of Arsenal’s interest in signing Marco Asensio from Real Madrid, here is a small overview of what kind of player Arsenal could get.
The 21-year-old Asensio has already broke into the senior side at Real Madrid, but with tough competition and a lack of opportunities to become a regular starter for the Spanish giants, the player could look elsewhere in order to make a name of himself.
Asensio is one of the brightest prospects in Spain and the player made 38 appearances across all competitions for Real Madrid, scoring 10 goals and making four assists.
Half of all his appearances came from the bench, and the player still doesn’t have enough trust from Zinedine Zidane to make regular starts in the first team squad.
The player started his career with Mallorca’s youth sides before Real Madrid eventually bought him for €3.5m in the summer of 2015, and Asensio spent his last season on loan at Espanyol where he made 37 appearances and scored three while assisting 15 times.
The return to Real Madrid has seen him once again on the bench and the youngster is believed to be relishing the opportunity to become a first team regular once again.
Next, style and strengths
Style and strengths
Asensio is a very versatile player who can be equally good on both sides of the pitch as an attacking winger or a wide midfielder. If the need arises, he can also be deployed as a central midfielder.
The 21-year-old also shows signs of maturity on the pitch and doesn’t make rash decisions, often waiting for support when going forward. Defensively, he is very active, aggressive and often puts his opponents under pressure, not hesitating to make a foul if he can’t get the ball cleanly.
As a winger, he often cuts inside and takes his opponents head-on, using his very good dribbling skills and pace, rarely losing possession and is one of the best players while holding the ball.
His playmaking skills are shown in his 89% successful pass rate, one created chance and 0.91 key passes per-game on average.
For a winger, he is also extraordinarily good in aerial duels, winning 83.33% even though he is of average height at 5.9 ft but his strength and positioning allow him to take full advantage of high balls.
There aren’t any great weaknesses in his overall game on the pitch, but the player could still make significant progress in his decision-making in the final third.
His finishing has improved over the course of the last two seasons, but he still lacks quality in that aspect of his game. For a player that often gets in to dangerous positions, if he can develop his sense for finding the net, he could certainly become one of the best wingers in Europe.
Next, would he fit at Arsenal?
Would he fit at Arsenal?
Marco Asensio definitely has the right skills and ability to play in Premier League, and if he were to join Arsenal, he wouldn’t have much trouble breaking into the first team squad regularly.
There is always a need for great players at top clubs and Arsenal could get one of the best prospects in Europe in Asensio.
The player’s ability to hold the ball and create chances, combined with his versatility would give Arsenal a very valuable player that can fill in multiple positions and produce quality performances week-in, week-out, regardless of the opposition and the system Arsene Wenger decides to employ.
If Arsene Wenger is really looking at building a squad for the future, one that could compete for years to come at the highest possible level, Marco Asensio is the kind of player he should look to get.
At 21-years-of-age, he has his whole career ahead of him.
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Skills, assists, & goals