There’s no better role model to play alongside anywhere else in the world than Messi. Learn how your comment data is processed. Sergiño Dest. Something you think we should know? When you find a guy who wants to be on your team, who actively turns down a much better team to stick with yours, and he’s as good as Dest, you don’t worry about the fact that he’s far too advanced to teach his teammates how to copy his game. The line separating a Marcelo from a Kenedy isn’t all that thick. Stellar Football Ltd, National player: Today, Barcelona officially announced the signing of Sergiño Dest, a 19-year-old right back, from Ajax. I won’t go into a long breakdown of Dest’s game here, mostly because his talent is so clear that you only need to watch about a minute or so of the above video to get what he’s about. Dest is blessed to have him on his side, and who knows, maybe Messi himself can learn a thing or two from Barca’s new right-back. Your email address will not be published. With 2.9 crosses per 90, 0.54 crosses to goalie box and 0.75 deep completed crosses (a cross that is targeted to the zone within 20 meters of the opponent goal), he outperforms the Portuguese in all three metrics (1.46, 0.16 and 0.32 respectively). And that’s exactly the aspect that’s also praise-worthy – his versatility. Marco Rose’s side finished the season in […], Rodney Redes is a 20-year-old winger from Paraguay who recently signed for MLS newcomers, Austin FC, who will take part […], Since moving to Cary, North Carolina in 2017, the North Carolina Courage have more or less dominated the NWSL. This shouldn’t be the case with Dest in Barcelona. Nov 3, 2000 (19), Place of birth: This type of movement is something we will often see from him in the Barcelona shirt as it’s a great tool to both create and exploit the space. How does that exactly affect the full-backs? By analysing his heatmap and one of Ajax’s pass maps from their Europa League clash with Getafe, both of which can be seen below, we get a better look at Dest’s player profile. These instances aren’t really an anomaly because this is what Dest can do and do it effectively. In the above example, as soon as the winger drops deeper and hugs the touchline, the American knows he has to shift wide and confuse the backline with his run. Tactical analyst and FC Barcelona fan, lover of the tactical side of the game. Let’s continue with our tactical analysis and find out. Now, the 19-year-old is far from a finished product, and he’s certainly no sure thing. This is Defector, a new sports blog and media company. He signed a five-year contract with the club with a buyout clause set at €400 million. Height: 1,75 m. Position: Right-Back ... Filter by position: Filter by coach: Compact. Suffice it to say, Dest is of the Marcelo mold of outrageously skillful attacking full backs. Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati have been deployed on either side of the pitch so far and while the latter can provide the width and cut inside, the former is mostly occupying the half-space or the central areas.  On August 10, 2019, Dest debuted in the Eredivisie, replacing Noussair Mazraoui in the 54th minute of the Ajax 5–0 home win against FC Emmen. Even though he’s a technical player, he will rarely engage in intricate passing to get into the final third. This works best when it’s combined with other weapons in his arsenal. The core principles they have to abide by in a 4-2-3-1 are supporting the build-up and the attacking phase, inverting when necessary to aid the double-pivot/ single metronome, offer support to the wingers and be able to overlap/ underlap when necessary. All images in this article are property of Total Football Analysis. reihenfolge ASC, saison_id DESC, verein_id ASC. This analysis about Sergino Dest first appeared on Total Football Analysis, and was published with permission. Right-Back, Contract expires: But all you can ask a player and a club is to put themselves in the best position to succeed, and that’s exactly what looks to have happened here. He often lets the ball roll over his body when he receives and can quickly change pace to beat the opponent and then get into a prime position to cross. Detailed. We made this place together, we own it together, we run it together. The fact that Barcelona was able to add one of the most promising attacking full backs in the world, in doing so shoring up a position that’s been a glaring weakness for years, should excite fans of the Blaugrana. The fact that Dest is a goddamn AMERICAN who just got plucked up by ONE OF THE BIGGEST CLUBS IN THE WORLD where the TEENAGER will be given every opportunity to become a SUREFIRE, WEEK IN, WEEK OUT STARTER, a potential FOUNDATIONAL PIECE for a new era at MOTHERFUCKING BARCELONA, has me, a fan of both Barça and the USMNT, frantically sprinting around the house, doing cartwheels down the hallway, screaming “OOOHHHHH SERGIÑO DEEEESSSSSSSST” to the tune of “Seven Nation Army,” on the cusp of either a brain aneurysm or an eviction notice or both. 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