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Scouting Rennes Midfielder Yann M'Vila: QPR Transfer Target

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Yann M'Vila of France crosses the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 23, 2016

According to SkySports, Harry Redknapp traveled to France to watch Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila in action this weekend.

The rumours are rife that Queens Park Rangers are looking to secure his signature, so here's a report on what the Rs might be getting.


Playing style

M'Vila is a slightly strange player.

He plays as a holding midfielder, but he's not a typical specialist in any given area. He's not a deep-lying playmaker, he's not a shuttler and he's not a destroyer. What does he do?

Well, he's a very tidy passer who recycles possession well. He also works best in a holding pivot rather than anchoring a midfield on his own, as he can't be relied upon to break up play like Etienne Capoue or take the onus of the playmaker like Etienne Didot.

This video is him in a nutshell.

In a friendly against England, M'Vila dominated the game in Laurent Blanc's 4-2-3-1, playing short and simple balls to the creative outlets further ahead and not getting carried away.


Mental issues

Unfortunately, M'Vila is not the perfect player. Twelve months ago his rise to stardom was charted and rubber-stamped, but several mishaps have truly stunted his growth.

He's banned from the French national team due to intoxicated antics in Paris while on international duty, while he was also asked to sit out a match last year after allegedly punching a 17-year-old near his home (via The Metro).

At 21 years of age, the world was his oyster. He was linked to Arsenal, the deal was 99 percent done and he was set to star at Euro 2012.

At 22, his career has stagnated and he needs to leave France as soon as physically possible.

Queens Park Rangers can pick up a superb talent with some questionable morals for around €12 million. Worth it? Absolutely.


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