Tanner Tessmann : Scouting Report
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Tanner Tessmann currently plays for newly promoted Venezia in Seria A after making the transfer from FC Dallas in July 2021.

Tessmann has made the grade up to the first team in 2020 after featuring for the Dallas academy team North Texas SC in 2019. He featured 19 times (9 starts and 10 substitute appearances) in the league providing 1 assist in 2020 while featuring 7 times this season.

 

Tessmann is a strong physical midfielder who has an eye for a pass each time he receives the ball. Using his strength and body to protect the ball, Tessmann is then able to assess the field and thread the needle for a pinpoint through balls to those making runs and create chances. His ability to pass the ball with accuracy and the weight of his passes is phenomenal. For his size, he can dribble adequately and likes to dribble up the pitch to make plays for the team. He likes to play with the ball at his feet and dictate play and for his age, he has great composure on the ball. He may not rack up the stat sheet, but he does provide many hockey assist opportunities where he'll pass the ball to a willing runner and that player will provide the assist to the goal scorer. He has great vision

and can pick out a pass for those making runs behind the defense.

 

As a box-to-box midfielder, he provides cover for the defense as well. His ability to track back and tackle to win the ball back is very good. And his awareness is phenomenal to start the attack again. While he does enjoy dribbling the ball up the pitch to provide more attacking options, he also understands his defensive duties and will provide cover for the defense when occupied as the defensive midfielder. And when he is a defensive midfielder, he operates more as a deep-lying playmaker providing long-balls and crossfield passes to this teammates.

 

The play Tessmann most resembles would be Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Not only are they similarly built physically imposing their will with their physicality, but their ability to pick out passes and operate as the box-to-box midfielder is very similar. Milinkovic-Savic has great vision and awareness to pass the ball with ease to his teammates, but what separates Milinkovic-Savic from Tessmann is his ability to shoot the ball from range. If there was a weakness in Tessmann's game, it is his ability to finish and shoot the ball. His lack of shooting from midfield may be tactical, but when he does shoot it is not always clean. Otherwise, both players don't mind doing their defensive duties, but also help out the attack when needed.

 

In order to get the best out of Tessmann, the team needs to have willing runners to run in behind the defense where Tessmann can thread a through ball to them. He will, however, may need some cover at the base of the midfield, like a defensive midfielder, so that the team can utilize his strengths in the attack and allow him to dictate play with his passes. Thus, it'll reduce his defensive duties and allow him to have the ball at his feet more often to create key passes and chances.

 

Tessmann has had some experience playing professionally, but the lack of competition from the MLS may be of hindrance and is still unproven as a result. Thus, it'll be interesting to see how Tessmann plays in his first full season in Europe with Venezia in the tested Serie A. He has great potential to boss the midfield and potentially have a great future in the national team, possibly pairing up with Weston Mckennie in the midfield. The USA hasn't had a good box-to-box midfielder since Michael Bradley, but he has the chance to become an even better player than Bradley was. He could be the future of the USA national team and it'll be interesting how Venezia plays in him the midfield for them in the upcoming season.


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