Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti
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Samuel Umtiti

Current Club: Barcelona.

Previous Clubs: Olympique Lyon.

Loan Clubs: N/A.

International: France 27 caps 3 goals.

Trophies Won: World Cup 2018, Spanish La Liga 2017/18, Spanish Cup 2016/17, 2017/18. Spanish Super Cup 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19. French Cup 2011/12. Under 20 World Cup 2013. French Super Cup 2012/13.

The big powerful Cameroon-born centre back has found himself out of favour in recent weeks, having lost his place to fellow French defender Clement Lenglet. However, at the age of just 25, he has a lot of time ahead of him in his career to regain his place.

It is a surprise that he has ended up at Barcelona in the first place, he does not really fit their profile of passing out from the back, as he is not the best on the ball. Though far from the worst defender with the ball at his feet, he is not particularly comfortable playing that way and is not good when put under pressure on the ball.

Umtiti is almost the complete opposite to the man he mainly partners with Barca. Where Gerard Piquet is on the slow side and a little lacking in strength, Umtiti is quick and strong and good in the air. However he can be caught out as he is very over reliant on his pace to deal with attackers, rather than concentrating on his positioning and reading of the game.

He is a defender who is willing to put his body on the line for his team, throwing himself in the way of shots and making last-ditch tackles, but he can be rash with those. There are times when he would better serve his team by staying on his feet and jockeying an attacker, rather than commit to a tackle and leave himself stranded on the floor.

Unlike most modern day defenders, he is a defender, rather than a midfielder who can play at the back. Umtiti will consider his game with regards to defending, rather than building the play, making him one of the better defenders in the game, but not entirely suited to the team he is playing for.

Requested by - Deependra


Written by Ed001 March 13 2019 04:20:28