Theodor Gebre Selassie

{Profile Posted on 09/08/2012}

Date of Birth: - 24.12.1986

Height: 5ft 11.5 inches

Position: - Right Back, Right Wing Back

Nationality: - Czech Republic

Current Club: - Wender Bremen

Estimated Market Value: - £2 million

Linked with: - Just moved to Wender Bremen

Club Statistics

SK Slvia Prag

2007/2008 season - 9 matches, no goals and 1 assist.

2008/2009 season - 3 matches, no goals and no assists.

TOTAL - 12 matches, no goals and 1 assist.

FC Slovan Liberec

2008/2009 season - 21 matches, 1 goal and 1 assist.

2009/2010 season - 21 matches, 2 goals and no assists.

2010/2011 season - 29 matches, no goals and no assists.

2011/2012 season - 30 matches, 5 goals and 6 assists.

TOTAL - 101 matches, 8 goals and 7 assists

International Statistics

Czech Republic

2010/2011 season - 4 matches, no goals and no assists.

2011/2012 season - 10 matches, no goals and 1 assist

TOTAL - 14 matches, no goals and 1 assist

General Comments:

Gebre - Selassie is a player who caught the attention of the majority over the course of the recent Euros. But, you cannot judge a book by its cover, and you cannot judge a player by a few games. However, from what I have seen of the player, how he played in the Euros is how he tends to play the majority of the time, thus he is a consistent player, which starts me off with the good things of the player.

Altogether, he isnt a great player - he is average. But as people like Dirk Kurt show - passion and effort as well as determination can make up for lack of skill and technique. These are the qualities he has in bundles, passion, effort and determination. He just tries and tries and tries - he runs runs and runs. He just doesn-t give up - he will always keep trying. He will do his best for club and country.

His biggest attribute is definitely his speed and his endurance. All match he will be up and down the wing, attacking, then tracking back and defending. He will do this all match long, and, as he showed in the Euros, game in game out too. He is also a very quick player, and can easily beat players for speed. Like his namesake, Haile Gebreselassie, he shares the same qualities of pace and endurance.

However, it is not just his determination, pace and endurance which make him a good player. He does have other qualities as well. He is a very strong player - which helps him out both defensively, when trying to tackle people, and also going forward, trying to muscle past players, and when he is also in the box, trying to get onto the end of balls into the box. Furthermore, he does have some skills, although I do believe his skills quality was only amplified by the poor quality of league he has been playing in. Never the less, he does have a few skills in his locker, which make him have that little bit of extra threat when he is going forward.

To conclude the good parts of this player, he is also a player who gets his head up when he is in good attacking positions. Many players keep their heads down - and dont look who they are passing to, and dont look to see if there is anybody in the box. However, Gebre Selassie does play with his head up, and always looks to pick out a teammate when possible.

However, as I said earlier, he is not the best player ever, and he does have the weaknesses in bundle-fuls. His technique is not great - he isnt a very technical player at all. Furthermore, his general defensive game isnt that good at all. He struggles in the tackle, and can give too many fouls away, which is a real issue for a defender. Finally, when he goes forward, he doesn-t have the best cross on him either, and, when shooting, or finishing, he horribly scuffs shots, and can pull them wide. However, as I was saying, his poor defensive play, and technique, as well as his other weaknesses can be overcome by his sheer effort, determination and passion.

Would Gebre Selassie cut it in England? Definitely in my opinion. No, he wouldnt be playing for your Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea, but say, Cardiff got promoted this year, and he would be perfect for a lower table side. He has all the determination in the world; passion and pride. Therefore, he would work so well in a team that is struggling to stay up. The qualities he has, fit perfectly into helping a team stay in the Premiership. Yes, he could be over-run by quality players, but he wouldnt let his head drop. He would run for 90+ minutes, trying and trying. Trying whatever the situation. Personally, next year, if I had just got my team up from the Championship, he would be the first person I would sign. Cheap, not the best technically, but he will inspire the team and fans that they can survive. However, whats to say he wont have a stormer in Germany? I personally think he will, and then could be too expensive for lower Prem teams. Time will tell....

Summary of Gebre Selassie:

Strengths: Pace, energy, few skills, effort, passion, strength, determination and he gets his head up when in dangerous positions.

Weaknesses: Weaker defensively, not amazing technically, not best crosser or finisher.

The Business End of the Profile:

He has only just moved - so he wont be moving again for a bit.


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