Jeff Reine-Adelaide has completed more dribbles than any other u21 player in Europe’s top five leagues this season, and it’s not even a close thing.
Three months into the season, we’re starting to reach the point where you can actually take statistics for the campaign seriously. In the first few weeks, there’s always that one player who appears for 5 minutes, scores and has the best goals-per-minute in the history of the Premier League, or similar.
By November, you start to see players falling into their groove.
One player finding his rhythm is former Gunner Jeff Reine-Adelaide. The winger left Arsenal for Angers over the summer, and his dribbling has been pretty much unmatched ever since:
As you can see, Reine-Adelaide is already 10 successful dribbles ahead of his nearest competitor at u21 level, the impressive Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Kylian Mbappe is also lagging behind, at 21 dribbles, so it’s pretty clear that this is the Angers man’s niche.
Now he needs to work on combining that with an end product. He wins free-kicks often, so that’s a positive. However, WhoScored analysis gives crossing as one of his weaknesses. That should be no surprise, considering he takes all these players on, yet only has one assist so far this season.
In the Frenchman’s defence, this is the first time in a couple of years that he’s been able to play consistent football without suffering another injury. The priority for this season should be staying fit and playing regularly, and he’s achieving that goal so far.
After that, the 20-year-old will hopefully start to round out his game and become a very effective winger.