Loic Bade : Scouting Report
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Loic Bade currently plays for Stade Rennais after making the transfer from Lens in the summer of 2021. Last year with Lens was his full season as a starter in the senior competition making 31 appearances in total. He played very well as a full-time starter with a passing accuracy of 85.5% and winning 3.6 aerial duels while receiving a rating of 6.95 according to Whoscored.com.

He is a strong, physical center-back who excels at making his presence known in his area of the pitch. He’s an excellent tackler and has great anticipation to time his tackles without fouling. For his age, he reads the game very well by positioning himself at the right place to intercept passes and head the ball away from danger. He was number two

in the whole Ligue 1 for aerial duels won in his own half with 124 while he was number 7 in the league for pass interceptions in his own half with 202.

He also plays as a ball-playing center-back by bringing the ball up and distributing it to his teammates. That is a valuable asset for center backs nowadays, but most of them aren’t proficient in the defensive aspect of their game. But Bade excels in his defensive qualities as well as his offensive qualities. The only downside to his game is that as

much as he excels in aerial duels, he does not have a goal to his name. Thus, he’s not much of a threat in set-piece situations which he’ll have to work on as he grows. He also has some discipline issues with 9 yellow cards and 1 red card to his name last year, so he’ll have to be more cautious when he’s making tackles.

His style of play is similar to that of Joel Matip. Both excel in tackling, but the crucial element to their tackling ability is that they don’t dive into tackles unless it’s very necessary. That is an important aspect of defending in which you don’t expose the defense by diving into tackles and also doesn’t put you at risk for rash challenges. They

are both great at aerial duels and are excellent distributors of the ball. Being that they both are ball-playing center backs, they are calm and collected when they bring the ball up and are able to pick out passes with their long balls with ease. If he keeps this up,

Bade has the potential to be even better than Matip with his early rise to the game and his reading of the game as a defender is on par with Matip even at a young age.

Bade’s transfer to Stade Rennais is a great piece of business by the club by picking up a player who’s on the rise but also has a great current ability. Stade Rennais had lost one of their starting center backs in Damien Da Silva on a free transfer to Olympique Lyon and Bade will fill that void immediately once the new season starts. He’ll bring

calmness and contribute immediately for Stade Rennais and will not miss a beat. The only thing he’ll have to improve is his goals from set-pieces as Da Silva contributed 4 last season, but even if he doesn’t, he’ll contribute immensely on the defense and be a huge addition to the club. He has the defense-first mentality and that’ll be crucial to not only his success but the club’s success as well

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