Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should be looking to sign a right-back in the summer transfer window. One suggested target is Udinese's Granada loanee Allan Nyom, so here is a scouting report on the 26-year-old Cameroonian international.
Nyom is a 6'2", 176-pound right-back used primarily in a 4-3-3 formation.
Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson is an attack-driven full-back whom Nyom can match.
He created separation from Celta Vigo central attacking midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli and sent in a cross for Granada centre-forward Odion Ighalo, who volleyed past then-Celta keeper Javi Varas (now with Sevilla).
Getafe defensive midfielder Michel was nutmegged by Nyom, who dragged then-Getafe centre-back Alberto Lopo (now with Deportivo La Coruna) out and played in Granada centre-forward Youssef El-Arabi.
Osasuna left-back Joan Oriol was caught out of position by Nyom's overlapping run. Nyom raced on to the ball and set up El-Arabi for a tap-in.
When Atletico Madrid's players did not press Nyom, he punished Diego Simeone's side with a looping cross to Ighalo, who scored.
While Nyom is 0-of-38 in goals/shots taken in his last three seasons, he flashed shooting ability against Real Valladolid.
He took Granada centre-back Diego Mainz's pass and rocketed a shot that ricocheted off the post.
Valladolid keeper Jaime had no chance, and that day, he was Willy Caballero-like as he pulled off nine saves.
If Nyom was placed at left-back, like the right-footed Erik Durm at Borussia Dortmund, the Cameroonian would have more chances to cut in and shoot.
|League Only||Allan Nyom||Glen Johnson|
|Key Passes Per Game||0.6||1.0|
|Cross Completion %||22.3||9.8|
|Dribbles Per Game||1.1||1.6|
Nyom can be a shutdown defender, and he is a robust tackler:
- 7/8 tackles vs. Celta, per Squawka.com.
- 5/6 tackles vs. Osasuna, per Squawka.com.
- 4/5 tackles vs. Real Madrid, per Squawka.com.
Nyom could provide more to Liverpool's defence than Johnson, who had an average season that was encapsulated when he struggled to cope with Crystal Palace's mercurial left-winger, Yannick Bolasie.
Despite Nyom's great physical tangibles and his solid defensive productivity, Udinese do not rate him.
In essence, they are Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.
Watford vs Granada cf pic.twitter.com/jnwxomCrPE— Allan Roméo Nyom (@AllanNyom) July 27, 2013
Rodgers' aim is to mount another challenge for the Premier League and to be competitive in the UEFA Champions League; therefore, it would be preferable to sign Tier I players.
When you consider Udinese giving Dusan Basta and Silvan Widmer extended runs on the right side, it means management believes Nyom's ceiling is that of a Tier II player.
Nyom needs to be more attentive when picking a pass because his completion percentage (75.6 percent) is below the Liverpool average (84.5 percent).
While it is a red flag that Udinese—a club with a world-class scouting system—have not given Nyom a recent run in Serie A, he is a good player.
His statistics are solid, and he easily passes the eye test.
Nyom has outstanding size, is a strong runner and is effective in both halves.
Statistics via WhoScored.com.