Saturday , 24 February 2018

Scouting report: Simon Atruku – a perfect midfielder in the making

Simon Atruku 2One of the finest talents of Ghana’s lower leagues is Sege All Stars utility midfielder, Simon Atruku. He is gifted with the ability to deliver from any position on the field of play, it’s very unique.

A gifted left footed player, young Atruku is versatile, tall, excellent penalty taker and above all very good in set pieces. Very versatile in sense that, can play in defense, midfield, and even support a striker, playing as orthodox number ten behind a leading striker.

Simon is only 17 years and is already attracting offers from top notch clubs in Ghana’s topflight following his exploits with Okor FC in the just ended Greater Division two league. Eto’o, as his peers call him started his football career as a goalkeeper but when growing up discovered he can kick better decided to ditch the gloves and started playing outfield at the left wing back position.

A big influence on games and enforcer of stability in the middle of the pitch whenever he is playing, the teenager often dictates the pace and also set the rhyme of the game. He’s a good leader, organizer and initiator of quick attacks.

In the modern game, versatility is an increasingly important quality. Players are asked to play in different positions, different roles and different systems. Whiles times of the past Simon Atrukuhave often called for this too, we are witnesses to the proper development of what some call ‘‘the universal player’’, a player who has the quality and ability to do most things required on a football pitch in a fashion that would be beneficial to both his team and himself.

The young lad has grown into this footballer that isn’t bad at anything. He has the ability to read the game very well, excellent in one-on-one situation and is a solid tackler. Simon knows when to make the tackle and when to just press a quality that is rare. He has excellent passing capabilities, an incredible shot on him and is great at set pieces. His energy and pace often sees him beat players seamlessly. In both attacking and defending domains of the game, his intelligence is often displayed if one closely watches his positional sense.

In terms of positions he is capable of playing in, the Sege born can excel at left-back, left-wing back, Centre-back, Centre midfield, winger on either flanks and as a number ten. Given the chance of playing in a defensive midfield or left/right full back or wing back positions, I am sure he would do well.

So let all support the young lad because he has all the potentials and qualities to play in any of our national’s team, Black Starlets, Satellites and even the Black Stars proper.

Credit: Christopher Roland Agbettor

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