Scouting Report: Could Cameroon's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Improve Liverpool?

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Scouting Report: Could Cameroon's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Improve Liverpool?
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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

Source: FIFA.com.

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
     
Chances Created 3 0
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

Source: FourFourTwo.com.

Choupo-Moting attempted three dribbles and was dispossessed twice, per Squawka.com.

Source: 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. 

 

Positives

Source: Kicker.de.

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.

Source: Bundesliga.com.

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. 

Source: Bundesliga.com.

What makes Choupo-Moting special is he possesses a combination of power, speed and finesse, like Real Madrid left-forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

  Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Cristiano Ronaldo
     
Height 6'3" 6'1"
Weight 185 lbs 176 lbs
     

Choupo-Moting glided past Hertha Berlin right-back Peter Pekarik after two fleet-footed step-overs.

Source: Bundesliga.com.

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.

Source: Bundesliga.com.

 

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.

In addition, Choupo-Moting's take-on success percentage (61, per Squawka.com) is 22 percent higher than Liverpool deep-lying forward Luis Suarez (39, Squawka.com).

Source: Squawka.com.

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.

Source: Bundesliga.com.

 

Negatives

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. 

 

Bottom Line

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.  

 

@allanjianga

Statistics via WhoScored.com

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