Summer Transfers with Nacsport and InStat: Benoit Badiashile

By Duncan Ritchie

10-August-2020 on News

8 minute read

The 2020/21 season is now in full effect in many countries round the world and most others will be starting within the next month. The summer transfer window is also open, with players being traded and sold as we speak.

 

In the spirit of the times, we’ve decided to start a new series of posts aimed at looking at some of the more interesting prospects in the transfer market at the moment. Using Nacsport in combination with InStat, we’ll be taking an in depth look at one player every week and looking at why clubs are interested in them. We’ll talk about the characteristics of the player, their weaknesses and what they could offer prospective clubs.

 

We start today with a young French player who is currently generating tremendous interest from the likes of Manchester United, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen, amongst others…Benoit Badiashile.

Fact File: Benoit Badiashile

 

 

Age: 19                                                                 Height: 194 cm

 

Preferred Side: Left-Footed                                   Country: French U19 International

 

Current Club: Monaco                                           Position: Central defender

 

Matches played 20/21 season: 27                       Goals: 0

 

Key skills: Challenging in the air, strong tackling, key defensive player.

 

Basis of Analysis

 

We looked at 5 different games Badiashile played in during the previous season in various different competitions. We also looked at games with varying results to get an overview of Badiashiles general performance aptitude and attitude. We looked at the following games:

 

 

Monaco vs Reim. Draw. 1-1. Last league game of last season. 29/2/20.


Nimes Olympique vs Monaco. Loss. 3-1. League. 1/2/20.


Monaco vs Nice. Win. 3-1. League. 24/9/19.


St. Pryve vs Monaco. Win. 1-3. Cup. 20/1/20.


France vs Finland. Win. 2-0. International. UEFA U19 Championship. 16/11/19.

 

XML data and videos where downloaded from InStat and imported to Nacsport Scout+ for analysis. XML data was filtered using Nacsport before importation.

 

 

As Badiashile is a defensive player, we concentrated on defensive actions, specifically tackling and challenging in the air. We also looked at errors, both forced and unforced.

 

Aerial Prowess

 

Without a doubt, the biggest advantage Badiashile has over his opponents is his size and physicality. At almost 2 metres tall, he towers over many of the strikers that come up against him, and he’s no beanpole either.

 

 

In fact, in our analysis of five games, we saw a total of 14 aerial battles of which he won 11 and lost only 3.

 

Even in those challenges he lost, his physicality and fearlessness still meant that he made his presence felt, usually meaning that the opponent took a tumble, stopping the offense dead.

 

 

Tackling

 

As strong on the ground as he is in the air, Badiashile’s tackling ability is formidable. Belying his size, he has the speed and athleticism to cover a lot of ground quickly meaning that he can cut off strikers running towards goal.

 

 

One of his best attributes is the ability to stand tall when being rushed at by strikers. Badiashile forms a one-man brick wall in front of the goal and it’s very difficult to move or circumnavigate him.

 

On the other hand, he does have a degree of clumsiness to his movement at times and there is no way that you could call him a graceful player. Grace and poise are usually the reserve of the prima donna striker, however, and a central defender needs to impose themselves. Badiashile's size and strength certainly mean that he creates an imposing figure between striker and goalkeeper.

 

 

Unforced Errors

 

As mentioned above, there is a certain level of clumsiness to Badiashiles movement and this, unfortunately leads to occasional mistakes. In the five games we analysed, we saw two glaring mistakes which, luckily for Benoit, did not lead to his team conceding a goal.

 

 

Badiashile can occasionally be caught off guard by a weaving run, leaving him stranded and struggling to get back into position.

 

There seems to be a lack of vision and, perhaps, concentration to his game at the moment but he’s young with years ahead of him to develop these skills and take him to the top of his game.

 

Conclusion

 

Badiashile would undoubtedly be an asset to any defensive line, as he has been to Monaco’s since his debut two years ago. His strength and height make him the perfect build for a central defender and his physical size would put the fear into any striker coming up against him, especially when he has the speed to match many of them.

 

Badiashile still has some development ahead of him to reach the upper echelons of the game, but with time and the proper training and mentoring, he could certainly get there.

 

Monaco have slapped a €30,000,000 price tag on him and, as already mentioned, there are quite a few clubs sniffing around. At the moment, talks with Bayer Leverkusen are reported to be at the most advanced stage but, at the moment, there has been no firm offer as of yet.

 

This report was created using a combination of InStat data and Nacsport analysis software. If you are interested in the power of sports analysis, you can download a free 30-day trial of Nacsport right now. To read more about the special deal between Nacsport and InStat, click here.

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