Scouting Report: What Should Juventus Do With Elche Loanee Richmond Boakye?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentApril 8, 2014

How is Juventus centre-forward Richmond Boakye (co-owned with Genoa) performing on loan at La Liga club Elche? Here is a scouting report on Boakye, a 21-year-old Ghanaian international. 

Explaining Boakye's Situation

Boakye has found himself in an unfavourable scenario at Elche, a cash-strapped minnow with a patchwork of footballers ranging from journeymen, Bosman signings (free transfers), loans and bargain-basement squad-fillers. 

Elche manager Fran Escriba has incorporated a blue-collar mentality at the club as Alberto Botia, Carlos Sanchez Moreno, Damian Suarez and Ruben Perez are hard-working and uncompromising players. 

It is a factor why Elche, 14th, have conceded less goals (42) than fifth-placed Sevilla (47) and sixth-placed Real Sociedad (48). 

However, the biggest hole in Escriba's squad is not having a decisive decision-maker completing the final pass. 

Do you know which club has scored the least amount of goals in La Liga this season? Elche (26 goals in 32 league games). 

Boakye is often isolated up front or forced to attempt speculative efforts, like his half-volley in Elche's 2-1 defeat to Osasuna.

There is no Elche player who can consistently act as a creative outlet and expand plays with key passes (a pass that leads to a shot). 

Edu Albacar, a veteran left-back, leads Elche in key passes per game (1.3), which is an indictment on right/central attacking midfielder Carles Gil (1.2). 

Like teammate Garry Rodrigues, a super-sub, Gil is a footballer with exemplary ability, but he has not got it together yet. 

Mind you, Boakye does himself no favours like missing right in front of goal during Elche's 0-0 draw against Athletic Bilbao. 

This is the context behind Boakye's disappointing goals to games statistic (four goals in 25 league games). 


What Boakye Does Well

Escriba has played Boakye up front in a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1.

Boakye has the prototypical build (6'1" and 176 pounds) for a centre-forward who leads the line. 

Boakye is an aerial threat for Elche and three of his four league goals this season have come via headers. 

He scored a late glancing header in Elche's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid, which at the time looked like a dramatic equaliser, but referee Cesar Muniz stole the headlines by awarding Real an undeserved penalty, per Sid Lowe at the Guardian

During Elche's 1-1 draw against Getafe, Boakye separated himself from then Getafe centre-back Alberto Lopo and his partner Rafa to nod the ball past goalkeeper Moya.

In Elche's other fixture against Getafe, a 1-0 win, Boakye out-jumped everyone to head home Gil's cross for a stoppage-time winner. 

Boakye gives it his all and it explains why he has found himself in precarious situations. 

Boakye has been Nigel de Jong'd by Almeria left-back Sebastian Dubarbier and blind-sided by Granada keeper Roberto. 

This shows how dedicated Boakye is and he let the Elche fans know how much he cares when he cried after scoring the pivotal late winner against Getafe.

If Boakye keeps persevering, he can take his game to the next level. 


Bottom Line

If Juventus extend Dani Osvaldo's loan from Southampton into a permanent deal, he will resume his role as the backup to Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

Therefore, Boakye's chances of breaking into the Juventus first-team dwindle.

Juventus management should consider loaning Boakye to a Premier League team next season as he has a playing style which would be effective in a cross-first, direct and up-tempo environment. 



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