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

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJune 13, 2014

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Maxim Choupo-Moting of Cameroon shoots and scores but the goal was disallowed during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Mexico and Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas on June 13, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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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


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-EkottoEric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Chances Created30
Shots On Target/Shots Taken0/30/2

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


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.

 Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingCristiano Ronaldo
Weight185 lbs176 lbs

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 OnlyEric Maxim Choupo-MotingCristiano Ronaldo
Dribbles Per Game3.62.2
Free Kicks Won Per Game1.21.9

Choupo-Moting is a more prolific dribbler than Ronaldo.

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


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. 


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.  



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