Scouting Report: Is Admir Mehmedi the Next Bundesliga Top Scorer?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJune 21, 2014

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Admir Mehmedi of Switzerland dribbles pas Mathieu Debuchy of France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Can Freiburg's Swiss international Admir Mehmedi—a 23-year-old, 6'0", 168-pound centre-forward—transition into one of the Bundesliga's top scorers? 

To address that question, this article grades Mehmedi's game against France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and provides a scouting report of his season for Freiburg.

 

Mehmedi vs. France Grade: C+

In two minutes, Mehmedi poached a goal against Ecuador. 

However, it was not the same story against France.

After 90 minutes plus five minutes of stoppage time, Mehmedi was goalless in Switzerland's 5-2 defeat.

FIFA.com

FIFA.com

Starting on the left wing, Mehmedi ran aimlessly and was dispossessed three times.

Mehmedi failed to provide adequate support to Swiss centre-forward Haris Seferovic and his replacement Josip Drmic. 

The reason why Mehmedi did not receive a worse grade was that he made an effort to be involved in the build-up play. 

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Mehmedi Freiburg Positives

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Mehmedi can lead the line as a centre-forward or play behind a No. 9 as a No. 10. 

Mehmedi has a sneaky first step, is self-assured at taking on players and is assertive inside the penalty box.

 

League OnlyGoalsShots Per GoalDribbles Per Game
Admir Mehmedi126.63.5
Adrian Ramos165.82.6
Josip Drmic173.92.2
Mario Mandzukic184.20.7
Robert Lewandowski205.93.2

 

Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft is caught off-guard by Mehmedi's acceleration.  

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Latching on to the ball, Mehmedi glides past Augsburg centre-back Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, evades the tackle of Augsburg centre-back Ragnar Klavan and strikes the ball past Augsburg goalkeeper Alex Manninger.

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Mehmedi side-steps Hannover 96 centre-back Andre Hoffmann and slots the ball past Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. 

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Showing range, Mehmedi's snap-shot zips past Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

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From outside the box, Mehmedi curls a ball past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels, only to be denied by the post. 

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Mehmedi Freiburg Negatives

Mehmedi contests many headers but needs to improve his proficiency. 

His headers won percentage (25), per Squawka.com, is below average and not top-flight standard for a centre-forward. 

Squawka.com

Mehmedi is passionate but has snapped under the pressure like cussing out referee Tobias Stieler and getting sent off. 

Bundesliga.com

 

Bottom Line

In the past, unheralded footballers such as Papiss Cisse, Theofanis Gekas and Thomas Christiansen have scaled the heights of the Bundesliga scoring charts. 

Like Cisse, Mehmedi creates his own shot and can work with less. 

"I'm very happy that I can carry on playing for Freiburg," Mehmedi said, per Bundesliga.com. "It will be good for both of us that we can continue working together."

Watch out for Mehmedi as he is primed for a top season with Freiburg.

 

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Statistics via WhoScored.com