Credit to Adebayor for scoring his first goals of the season but after watching the game yesterday I again noticted the amount of times out attacks got brought back due to Adebayor getting caught offside.
Last season Adebayor had the most minutes per offside in european football (Football:Opta stats)
I ask what is it with him and getting caught offside?
Its all about timing your runs and having the vision and awareness to read the game and anticipate the pass. Some players are very good at this Van Nistelrooy is the best i have seen, He sits on the last man and looks along the line and makes his runs just as the ball is passed. Anelka is the same as Adebayor, Both players just think about the pass and the runs they are going to make without looking across the line and playing off the last defender. TBH if a player is a pro he should learn this skill. Ive seen park players do it perfectly and its not a hard thing to learn.
Ade should make his runs from deeper in midfield as it is easier to beat an offside trap like that.when you are playing on the shoulder of the centre back and a pass is about to come your way,all the defender has to do is take a step out and you’re caught offside.But if the run is made from deeper it makes this alot harder for defenders to do,also its easier to steal a couple of yards on a player when you are running and he is stationary.Remember the runs Ljungberg used to make?
I don’t understand why he doesn’t pay more attention to the line… he’s thinking about his run not timing the pass or watching the line. The amount of time he was offsides yesterday was ridiculous. Then again, he scored a hat-trick and now has 42 goals in 83 games with Arsenal.
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