Euro 2020 - Player to watch : Nico Elvedi
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Nico Elvedi was born in Zürich and joined hometown club FC Zürich in 2006. Elvedi developed through FC Zurich’s youth ranks till he made his Swiss Super League debut at the age of 17 years 7 months and 16 days, in a 1 – 0 win against Lausanne-sport and later went on to make 26 appearances for the first team.

His performances during his breakthrough season with FC Zürich’s first team was said to be enough for Bundesliga side Gladbach to take a gamble on the defender, despite having played just a single season of senior football.

 

Nico Elvedi joined Borussia Monchengladbach in 2015 for a transfer fee of €4m. The 23-year-old Swiss international is regarded as one of the best ball-playing defender in the world, boasting an incredible 95 percent pass success rate last season. While this season, he has continued his impressive pass rate by averaging a pass success rate of 91.6% per game.

 

Elvedi’s composure on the ball, coupled with his height has enhanced his comparison with Manchester City’s defender John Stones. Nico is best suited as a centre-back, but he’s highly capable of playing across the back four or in a three man defense. The Swiss has featured as right back in his early days at M nchengladbach before moving into the central position.

His versatility, strength and pace are undoubtedly one of his greatest strength, as he offers multiple options to his game suiting him well across the backline.

Quick and poised, he’s one of the best young liberos now. Still, as a stopper, he should take more risks with the ball, and he is too tentative in his passing. In addition, he must maintain consistency, as he has struggled in big games, such as Borussia Dortmund a few weeks ago. Above all, he must improve his passing, it has become evident that teams such as Wolfsburg target him in their press, in order to win possession back. Once he improves his level to that of his Swiss compatriots, such as Ricardo Rodriguez or Fabian Schar, he’ll be ready for the big time.

 

 


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