Football scouting blog
Name: Sebastián Driussi Age: 19 years old (born February 9, 1996)
Club: CA River Plate
League: Primera Division Height: 174 cm, 5’8 Position: Attacking midfielder/StrikerEmbed from Getty Images
One of Argentina’s most exciting youngster, who has shown incredible ability in all the youth tournaments. And is already starting to make an impact on the first team at River Plate. He is nicknamed “la Joya” aka “the Jewel” and is looking to live up to his nickname and become the club’s most valuable player. As Humberto Grondona states:
“He’s a special player, who is very dangerous and very important for the team. Sometimes, you have to be patient with strikers. He is a forward who has the ability to decide games.”
At 5’8, he is not the tallest striker but he does have a great low centre of gravity which makes it hard for opposition players to knock him off the ball. This gives him an added benefit of that he is agile player and can change direction quickly, certainly in the mould of a player like Sergio Aguero. Although, he is not that big physically, he does have good strength to hold off defenders and also possess a decent level of pace. A tenacious player when the team is on the attack but not the hardest worker defensively and in modern football with strikers increasingly seen as key to an effective press, he will need to improve this aspect of his game.
He is incredibly talented technically and can do incredible things on the pitch – such as the overhead kick goal near the edge of the 16 yard box during the 2013 U17 World Cup. He has incredible shooting technique and is capable of scoring a variety of goals from overhead kicks to great precision finishes but still needs to work on his long range shots. Also, he is fairly ambidextrous, with an incredible touch and can switch directions with ease at any time. And, not to forget about his vision and ability to pick out a team mate which should not be underestimated.
He possesses good off the ball movement, although could be improved upon and is always moving in the channels between opposition defence and midfield. Great awareness of space and is good at anticipating where a possible ricochet or chance could be. With his incredible touch and great passing range, he easily transitions from the number ten role to the striking role during the game. However, he can be petulant (some people may call it passionate) which makes him lose concentration in games and could potentially annoy his team mates in the long term, a trait he will need to assess if he wants to fulfil his potential. Concentration is definitely an area of weakness for the youngster which does lead him to snatch at chances, stray offside when he shouldn’t be and generally losing his head sometimes. For a youngster who has such talent, to only have four goals to his name in the Argentine Primera Division is not good enough.
Potential: (World Class)
He has all the potential to become as good as Aguero and possible play for one of Europe’s elite club however, this is only if he can improve his concentration and start to score more regularly. He can possibly be, one of the world’s deadliest strikers in the near future but he has a lot of work to do to get there and needs to plan his next steps carefully.