Rasmus Hojlund joined Manchester United from Atalanta for a fee of 72 million pounds and this more or less created suspicion when the Danish striker only had 9 goals in 32 matches last season in Serie A. This number is not too impressive. compared to the amount of money the Red Devils spent to bring him to Old Trafford.
As expected, Hojlund encountered difficulties when despite scoring 5 goals in the Champions League, he completely failed in the Premier League before “clearing the air” in the match against Aston Villa and then Tottenham. The Danish striker clearly showed difficulty in attacking despite playing very aggressively, but the ultimate effectiveness that people expect from a striker has not yet been shown by Hojlund.
The former Atalanta player often shows his aggression when trying to compete with the opposing striker. This is really meaningless if you know that the Premier League is one of the tournaments that possesses defenders with top strength and ability to fight in duels. Having to spend too much physical energy on unnecessary disputes makes Hojlund no longer have enough strength for decisive situations.
Louis Saha also spoke about his junior: “His diligence and mentality [Hojlund] very impressive, but he needs to improve his movement as he’s been dueling with defenders so much, so he’s making things difficult for himself.
He needed to stay away from defenders and I think he lost a lot of energy fighting them physically. He needs to reserve energy in the penalty area.
He is so aggressive in proving his hard work that it is making things more difficult as energy is wasted in inappropriate places on the field.”
In fact, top strikers like Sergio Aguero, Fillipo Inzaghi or even physically strong people like Louis Saha always know how to control their emotions on the field and do not waste energy on unnecessary disputes. . They are the type of center forwards who can find good space to move behind the defenders and only compete in decisive situations before launching a shot.
Playing hard and showing enthusiasm on the field is very good. However, Rasmus Hojlund should control his emotions and be more effective in ball dispute situations. He can look to the closest example of Romelu Lukaku when, despite his strong physique, the Belgian striker still finds suitable spaces to exploit and score. If he can do this, Hojlund will definitely be one of the strikers worth watching in the near future.
Dang Truong | 22:50 February 1, 2024