Scouting Report: Sead Kolasinac Liverpool's Alberto Moreno Alternative?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJune 4, 2014

Schalke's Sead Kolasinac, left, and Berlin's Sami Allagui of Tunesia challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC Berlin in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Friday March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Martin Meissner/Associated Press

If Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno's proposed move to Liverpool, per the Liverpool Echo, collapses then one suggested transfer alternative is Schalke's Sead Kolasinac.

To cover that hypothetical, here is a scouting report on the 20-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international. 

 

Positives

Source: Kicker.de and Schalke04.de.

Kolasinac is a 6'0", 181-pound left-back, who beat out Christian Fuchs for an extended run in the first team. 

Further leeway was given to Kolasinac when Dennis Aogo, who interchanged from midfield to left-back, tore his medial collateral and cruciate ligaments in his right knee, per Schalke's official website.

In Kolasinac's second season at Schalke, he showed immense promise. 

He is an aggressive, buff, heftily built defender who makes bone-jarring tackles.

League OnlyAlberto MorenoSead Kolasinac
   
Tackles Per Game1.82.9
Fouls Per Game1.01.5
Tackles Per Foul1.72.0
Interceptions Per Game2.51.7
   

Kolasinac works hard, such as sliding in to clear the ball against Hamburg and cutting off eight passes against Augsburg, per Squawka.com.

Source: Bundesliga.com.

Source: Squawka.com.

Going forward, Kolasinac is uptempo, indefatigable and acts as Schalke's Duracell bunny, thus emulating Fuchs.  

Kolasinac carved up Augsburg's defence with a surging run and played in Schalke centre-forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for a goal. 

Source: Bundesliga.

Kolasinac shrugged off a challenge from Hannover 96 centre-back Marcelo Guedes, created separation, took Hannover centre-back Andre Hoffmann out of the play and set up Schalke right attacking midfielder Jefferson Farfan for a tap-in.

Source: Bundesliga.

While Kolasinac did not score a goal in the Bundesliga, his powerful instep shot swerved past Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and crashed into the post. 

Source: Bundesliga.

 

Negatives

Kolasinac's frenetic approach to defending exposes him to being caught out when he fails to win the ball. 

The entire left flank was opened up when he missed a tackle on Borussia Dortmund utility player Kevin Grosskreutz, who got off a pass to Dortmund left attacking midfielder Marco Reus, one of the best players in the Bundesliga. 

Source: Bundesliga.

Against Augsburg, Kolasinac missed six tackles, per Squawka.com.

Source: Squawka.com.

One moment of hesitation meant Kolasinac failed to close down then-Eintracht Frankfurt (now Wolfsburg) right-back Sebastian Jung, whose cross to then-Eintracht Frankfurt loanee Joselu led to a goal. 

Source: Bundesliga.com.

These errors in judgement would explain the German media not rating Kolasinac highly, in particular on the Bundesliga player rankings of Bild and Kicker.

PublicationBundesliga Player Ranking
  
Bild129
Kicker115
  

Source: Bild.de and Kicker.de.

 

Bottom Line

Kolasinac is a belligerent, high-motored, proactive left-back who has elite upside.

If Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the front office fail to secure the signing of Moreno, then targeting Kolasinac is a viable alternative.

 

Statistics via WhoScored.com

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