Pre season has given us a tantalising glimpse of Francisco Junior; a player who could play a prominent role in the toffee’s midfield next season. In light of today’s news that Jack Rodwell is departing L4, the player will fancy his chances of game time given that the pair play in a similar midfield role. This quick scout report will assess Junior’s playing style….
From watching a couple of the pre season fixtures he appears to be competent in both the defensive and offensive phases of play. Offensively, he will look to take the ball of defenders and distribute to the flanks. Unlike Rodwell, he appears a very self confident character who is always looking to get on the ball. The former Benfica graduate is quick in possession and will enhance our moderate attacking tempo. The standard of opposition he has come up against is not really a good indicator but he looks capable of driving forward when required with very decent mobility and playing one two’s with the more advanced players.
With him, Gibson, Osman and Pienaar we have the players capable of a more proactive style next season on the ball, rather than the more reactive defensive game we are accustomed to.His rocket against Morecambe also showed he had a decent ping in his locker from outside the box.
His physical frame isn’t as immense as Fellaini for instance, but in reality you could say that about every centre mid in the top flight. He seems very right footed. His high energy game would appear well suited to the Premier League and for the defensive phase of play. He’s well equipped to hassle opponents and can protect himself and shield the ball well. Unlike the departing Rodwell he appears fairly durable with no history of recurring ailments. Whilst he is more right footed he has been deployed on the left side of centre prior to coming to Everton and would thus provide decent balance in a midfield 5 as shown here.
Junior has bags of potential and could be a useful squad player as the season unfolds. Whilst I was a fan of Rodwell’s passing game and ability in the air, the deal could turn out to be an inspired bit of trading from Moyes given we will be getting a hefty wedge of cash from City – the same club whose youth squad we plucked Junior from for next to nothing.