Liverpool need to bolster their squad, so could Mainz's Cameroonian international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting be a summer transfer window target?
To cover that hypothetical, here is a scouting report on Choupo-Moting, a 25-year-old 6'3", 185-pound footballer.
Grading Choupo-Moting vs. Mexico
- Grade: C
Choupo-Moting predominantly stayed on the left wing providing defensive cover for Cameroonian left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
This restricted Choupo-Moting from expressing himself and he provided less going forward than Assou-Ekotto.
|Benoit Assou-Ekotto||Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting|
|Shots On Target/Shots Taken||0/3||0/2|
When Choupo-Moting did find himself in the attacking half, he demonstrated substandard decision-making.
He misplaced 60 percent of his passes during an offensive play, per FourFourTwo.
Choupo-Moting attempted three dribbles and was dispossessed twice, per Squawka.com.
It was as if the indecisive and herky-jerky Hamburg edition of Choupo-Moting had replaced the upgraded Mainz version.
Mexico was a winnable game and Choupo-Moting did not show up for Cameroon.
Choupo-Moting can start as a left attacking midfielder or as a centre-forward for Mainz.
He regularly interchanges from out wide to up front.
This was the case when he evaded Bayer Leverkusen utility player Emre Can, made a pass on the right wing, which led to Ja-Cheol Koo creating a goalscoring chance for Mainz centre-forward Shinji Okazaki.
Eight minutes later, Choupo-Moting was in the No. 9 position and scored a back-heeled goal via Mainz centre-back Stefan Bell's pass.
What makes Choupo-Moting special is he possesses a combination of power, speed and finesse, like Real Madrid left-forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Choupo-Moting glided past Hertha Berlin right-back Peter Pekarik after two fleet-footed step-overs.
The reason why Pekarik dived in was due to experience from a previous game, where he jockeyed Choupo-Moting but it did not work.
Choupo-Moting cut in, did a ball roll and created a goal for Mainz right attacking midfielder Nicolai Muller.
|League Only||Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Dribbles Per Game||3.6||2.2|
|Free Kicks Won Per Game||1.2||1.9|
Choupo-Moting is a more prolific dribbler than Ronaldo.
While Choupo-Moting only averages 0.8 key passes per game (pass leading to goalscoring chance), he has shown glimpses of playmaking, like a dinked through-ball to Muller against Stuttgart.
There is a Theo Walcott-like mercurialness to Choupo-Moting's game.
He will go missing for an extended period of the season, before turning into the Cameroonian Ronaldo for several games.
This was why then-Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel preferred to utilise Choupo-Moting off the bench.
Choupo-Moting was one of the best super-subs in Europe as he scored 50 percent of his goals playing that role.
Choupo-Moting matches Ronaldo physically and technically, but consistency is the reason why the two are miles apart in performance.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a calculated gamble on Can, who lacks consistency, but he is five years younger than Choupo-Moting.
If Rodgers is seeking an impact sub, then Choupo-Moting is the ideal candidate.
Though, Choupo-Moting's anonymous display against Mexico reinforces the belief that he will always be a tantalising talent.
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