Anguissa is more than a ‘new Bakayoko’: how Napoli changes with him and what he can give to Spalletti

Anguissa is more than a ‘new Bakayoko’: how Napoli changes with him and what he can give to Spalletti

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Anguissa is more than a ‘new Bakayoko’: how Napoli changes with him and what he can give to Spalletti

The Napoli summer market did not experience too exciting moments. Only three signings for the Azzurri, but the biggest blow they did by holding back the most representative players, considering the moment and the big losses that have had several teams fighting for the top parts of the standings. Napoli has worked in entry at practically no cost and in addition to the various returns from loans there are the arrivals of Davide Marfella (goalkeeper class ’99), Juan Jesus (released) and Zambo Anguissa (on loan with redemption right from Fulham). In two roles, a lot was expected during this transfer window, namely that of left-back and midfield. On the left, a real graft has not been made, we will think more about adapting some central or some right-back. In the middle of the field the discussion changes because the last day of the market Anguissa arrived.

THE DEPARTMENTNumerically, the median can be considered complete. Napoli has six midfielders in the squad: Lobotka, Demme, Elmas, Zielinski, Fabián Ruiz and the new signing Anguissa. Of course, to date the situation is not the best: Demme is still out due to an injury and will have it for at least another month, Zielinski has recovered from the injury against Venice (he missed the match against Genoa) and will have to find the match as soon as possible. better condition and Anguissa will have to be good at being ready, managing to fit in as soon as possible. But in the long run Spalletti will be able to count on players of quality, inspiration and imagination such as Zielinski, Fabián and Elmas more Demme, Lobotka and Anguissa. ANGUISSA ARRIVES – Napoli has followed many profiles in midfield. After the release of Bakayoko it mainly needed a physical, breaking player. In the end he was chosen Anguissa. Be careful, however, to confuse him with the AC Milan player because the features are not the same. This aspect was also underlined by Rudi Garcia, who coached him from 2016 to 2018 at Marseille, defining him almost a complete midfielder, capable of combining technique and physicality, but with some gaps from a tactical point of view. Speaking of physicality, the French coach defined him “a beast, you can go to war with such a player”. But the aspect to consider to differentiate him from a classic breaking median is the technical one, Anguissa has an excellent dribbling ability and in fact last year was the third for successful dribbling in the Premier League, behind Saint-Maximin and Traoré. It is clear now that we are not facing a midfielder who plays for the entire duration of the match in front of the defense. He will be an important resource for Spalletti as he can be deployed as a two-man midfield (4-2-3-1) or even as a midfielder in a 4-3-3.

SO IN THE FIELD – Now the coach from Certaldo will have one more point in his favor, a new shot that he can fire. Tactical ideas will change (not too much) with the possibility of returning to the 4-2-3-1 at the beginning of the season, before Demme’s injury came, in order to have a further game solution. With the absence of the German the road led to 4-3-3 working with the low top that turned into a 4-1-4-1 In the process of setting up up to now there was Lobotka who has practically been reborn. Physical evolution allows him to play faster, to be in the thick of the game and also to give a good hand in the interdiction phase. Today he is the director, the player who gets down to play the play. Anguissa will be able to bring alternatives because, as mentioned, he is capable of covering several roles. The season has just begun, Napoli wants to return to Europe and to do so they will have to pass through the heart of the game, the midfield.

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