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Giacomo Raspadori


Position: Striker 


Year : 2000

Height; 172cm

Country: Italy

Current club :Sassuolo

League: Serie A - Italy (IT)

Preferred foot : Both


Giacomo Raspadori debuted in Serie A with Sassuolo by playing one single minute at the end of 2018/19 season. However, people did take notice of him last season when he started featuring on the bench on a more consistent basis and with the fixture congestion and injury concerns got more game time towards the end of the 2019/20 season. 

The Italian has been compared to Di Natale and Tevez, but takes inspiration from Argentine predator Sergio Aguero. 

His peculiar physique is what makes him so versatile. At 172 cm tall, with enormous quads and low barycenter, Raspadori has a reactivity that allows him to play in much less time and space than other players. This skill is enhanced by his great first control and a neat and sensible sensitivity with both feet when carrying the ball. 

Regardless of these physical and technical skills, that apparently belong to a dribble-oriented winger, Raspadori has the mentality and the instinct of a finisher. His movements are more varied than a regular striker’s movements. Not only does Raspadori attack space, but he often runs towards the ball to play in the channel, where he has a great technical sensitivity when playing short passes. He also has great vision and passing accuracy when given the change to move freely. He also knows how to move forward between the two center-backs to create space for his teammates. 

When he receives the ball in space, Raspadori is quick, intense, and hard to contain. His quickness in tight spaces makes him formidable in setting up shots in the box, especially because his ability to use both feet makes it hard for defenders to guess what he’ll do. 

Even when his opponent manages to make body contact in 1v1s, his strong legs allow him to turn around defenders, even when they are stronger and taller than he is. For example, against Lazio, Acerbi had a hard time stopping his nimbleness in physical duels. Of course, Raspadori’s height makes him irrelevant in aerial duels, both in the box and when trying to flank play for a teammate. Luckily for him, that’s an unexplored game situation for Sassuolo: statistically, they are the team with the least long passes in Serie A. 

With positional football and a quick, complex passing game between offensive players, De Zerbi’s Sassuolo team seems built to enhance Raspadori’s skills, allowing him to grow in a protected environment. He can also learn from a true master of the game without the ball like Caputo: “I learned something from everyone in the last months,” said Raspadori. “From Caputo, Boga, and Berardi. It’s been enriching to train with them and I feel very confident on the pitch. I also need to thank De Zerbi and all the youth team managers who have always trusted me. The team helped me a lot in becoming a better player”. 

Raspadori’s limits are all merely physical. In order to play as number 9 at high levels without matching the center backs’ strength, he will have to specialize and improve the quality of his game, with and without the ball. Particularly, he will need to learn how to make his shooting more efficient, as it’s now good but not enough to stand among others. He needs to improve both power and precision. 


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