Dani Pacheco

{Profile Posted 301/11/12}

Date of Birth: - 05.01.1991

Height: - 5 ft 6 inches

Position: - Striker, Winger

Nationality: - Spanish

Current Club: - Liverpool

Estimated Market Value: - £2.5 million

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Club Statistics


2009/2010 season - 7 matches, no goals and 1 assist.

2010/2011 season - 7 matches, no goals and no assists.

2012/2013 season - 2 matches, no goals and no assist.

TOTAL - 16 matches, no goals and 1 assist.

Norwich (Loan)

2010/2011 season - 6 matches, 2 goals and 1 assist.

Rayo Vallencano (Loan)

2011/2012 season - 12 matches, no goals and no assists.

International Statistics

Spain U19

2009/2010 season- 3 matches, 1 goal and no assists.

2010/2011 season- 5 matches, 4 goal and 1 assist.

TOTAL 8 matches, 5 goals and 1 assist.

Spain U20

2011 season - 5 matches, no goals and 2 assists.

Spain U21

2010/2011 season- 1 match, no goals and no assists.

2011/2012 season- 1 match, no goals and no assists.

TOTAL 2 matches, no goals and no assists.

General Comments:

Dani Pacheco was hailed as one of the next rising starts of both Liverpool and Spain only a few years ago, and it all seems to have gone downhill for him since then if I am brutally honest. He just does not seemed to have kicked on as a player, does not seemed to have settled, and just does not seem good enough. However, despite all this, he is still a player that I like.

He isnt all together that bad a player if you look carefully at him. He is a very pacey player, and he can easily beat most players just for pure pace, as most of the Liverpool youngsters seem to be able to do. It is a key attribute in such fast and pacey league that that is the Premiership. What is also good about his pace if that for years Liverpool have had a slow and old front line; but he is part of the new, fast, tricky and young Liverpool attacking force.

He is a very good player from set pieces as well, and from long range shots. If he has the ball 30 yards out of so, a little bit of room and time, and he can unleash the most incredible shots. The two most memorable from him must come in the recent weeks; when he hit the bar vs. West Brom in the last round of the Capital One Cup and also when he recently scored in Liverpool's reserves rout of City away, when he curled the ball in from almost the by-line. He is similar to both Suarez and Ronaldo from set pieces, and you just don't want to give him that many opportunities. The more you give him, the closer he gets and he will punish you.

Pachaco is also a very good finisher. From his record, he has never scored for Liverpool's First Team, but for the Reserves and for Spain, he has scored a lot of goals, and you don't score a lot of goals unless you are a very good finisher. It is another plus point to positives of his attacking game.

Dani is also a player that can play out wide as well as up front, which does make him quite a versatile player. But also, not only is he good when he is playing upfront because he is a good finisher, but also when he is out wide he is a very skilful and tricky player, which means that he does not just need to rely on his pace to get past a player. It means that he can get himself out of some tricky situations with a nice trick, flick or back heel. When you watch him play, he uses a lot of them in his game, and recently, for the reserves assisted Morgan with a back heel for him to tap in. It shows that he uses them effectively and not just to look cool!

Finally, Dani is a player that suits the Tika Taka type of style, mainly because he is Spanish. Most of the Liverpool youngsters are suited to the formation already due to using it in the reserves, but because Pacheco is Spanish it gives him that little advantage given that he has played in this style all his life; as he was growing up to playing to the reserves to playing in the first team.

However, as many good points as there are to Pacheco's games, there are just as many disadvantages. He is not a very strong player at all, and coupled with his height, it makes him a weak player. Because of his strength, it means that very often he can just prove ineffective, and almost just be bullied out of games. As I say, because he is so small also, he is never going to be a large player, so really is unsuited to the Premiership and often too tough cup games.

Also, he is not the greatest of passers. He can pass short, but he cannot hit a ball out wide or a longish through ball to a teammate. However, as I was saying, most of the weaknesses to his game are really just down to size, height, power and strength. And because he is not strong, tall, large and powerful, then it almost does not matter how technically good he is, he is just too lightweight.

Would Pacheco cut it in the Premiership?

No, I really just cannot see it. He just is not good enough - far too light weight. Therefore, I cannot see him playing much in the Premiership, so he will never get a chance to establish himself in the team.

Summary of Pacheco:

Strengths: Pace, free kicks, finishing, tricks and fits the Tika Taka Liverpool style.

Weaknesses: Strength, passing, height, defending and can become absent in games.

The Business End of the Profile:

I would expect Pacheco to leave Liverpool next summer on a permanent deal, unless he can get a move away from the club during the January window that suits both him and the club.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments, questions and requests.

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