Scouting Report : Samu Omorodion
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Atletico de Madrid has strengthened and ensured a safe future for his attacking positions by signing one of the Top performers in La Liga. Playing on loan in Deportivo Alavés since his arrival to the club at the start of the current season, Samu Omorodion has, just in his first season at the top level, left great performances and shown the potential striker he can become in the future.

Born 05/05/2004 in Melilla, Samu is a Granada FC academy product striker. Started playing and developing from an early age at AD Nervión, he was in juniors transferred to Granada´s youth teams where in just two years he became a key player in the second team and made his senior debut in no better place than Wanda Metropolitano. His last year's form and his outstanding performance against Atletico Madrid convinced the capital´s team sports direction, leading to an imminent transfer and subsequent loan to Alavés, where he has scored 8 goals and provided 1 assist in the 26 matches played this season.

Omorodion is a pure striker profile, who starts as the main reference in the commonly 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formations employed by Deportivo Alavés this season. Despite that fact, he can also play alongside another striker, as it has been the case during his Granada time first team appearances playing next to Myrto Uzuni. Samu stands out for his physicality, positioning, movement and ability to be involved in goal scoring opportunities.

The Spanish striker is the kind of forward who makes the biggest impact of the game in the last metters, having little participation in the possession and ball progress but becoming a complete threat near the opposite box. In that sense, he mainly participates in the build up as an alternative for his team to play by long balls, having great corpulence and physicality to play with the back to the goal and hold the play, and creating space in inside positions by enlarging rival defensive system with his in depth attacks. When attacking in depth, he is reliable in ground and aerial duels, being capable of imposing himself in death balls, regain possession in advanced areas and create occasions for himself provided with pace and great use of his physicality to outmuscle rivals. In the opposite half, his activity is mainly driven in advanced central areas where his off the ball movement, positioning and anticipation are some of his very best attributes. Taking a look at his shot map, most of his shots are made in dangerous and central spots from inside the penalty box, which reflects his great understanding of how to create separation from defenders and outstanding timing and power to execute his runs reading the game and understanding the play. If it is true that he is a master in those aspects for such a young striker, his end product is still a bit raw, as he scores less than expected. His finishing is quite good with both feet, headers and even finishing plays with his first touch, but he has room for improvement in that area, needing to gain experience and get used to tough defending at the top level.

His profile does not only adjust to being a penalty box finisher. Despite not taking too much part while in possession, and not having real ability to be incisive and determinant with his passing, he can associate in the last third in fast one-two combinations, looking to drag defenders from his position to later attack the space they leave inside the penalty area. When those combinations are made between many players in tight spaces he is more inaccurate, as his first touch is a bit raw too. Not being a really associative player, he is much more of a vertical striker profile, providing threat in the final third when he takes possession and moves forward towards the opposite penalty box. In those situations he is not the classical technically gifted player who makes quality conductions shifting directions by small tidy touches. Instead, he relies on his power and strength as he moves with the ball, being difficult to stop without conceding a foul. Many times has shown that tendency to drive forward no matter who or how many defenders were in front, obtaining by times profit for his team, which shows at the same time the huge impact and threat he has in the game, but also his not fully developed decision making.

Samu Omorodion is also a key player for his team in the off the ball phase. The young striker is an intense and tenacious pressing player who uses his 193 cm size and powerful build to disrupt the opposition defenders while they are constructing their build up. He uses his good acceleration in short distances and tries to enter contact situations, where he feels really comfortable, in order to force defenders to commit errors or difficult his actions, allowing teammates to regain possession. When his team is surpassed in the pressure and establishes a medium-low block, he is committed and possesses a high work rate to track back and join lines, making a compact group. He becomes a really huge help when having to defend his own area in rival corners on set pieces.

Samu Omorodion is at his 19 years of age a quite developed striker profile who has been bursting the scene since his first appearance. The Spanish has a quite interesting potential profile if he gets to improve several areas as his end product and technical aspects such as his first touch and passing, and seem a great signing for Atletico to present a future aspirations.

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