Just call me Baz
- Apr 1, 2005
I've seen us linked with Rakeem Harper of West Brom. He could be that young talent Hercules referred too.
Gliding past opponents
With an incredible 83.3% dribble success ratio, England has a player in a similar mold to Moussa Dembele. Raw power, passing, and strong dribbling abilities are such a rare set of ingredients. These three components to Rekeem’s game will make him a very pricey asset once he reaches his prime. Players such as Dembele, Tanguy Ndombele and Geoffrey Kondogbia offer similar characteristics, and Harper definitely fits into this category.
Rekeem Harper moving the ball quickly and dribbling past two players, moving the ball into a good area for a dangerous cross.
As we can see above, Harper has beaten one man and is about to beat another. His use of his 6″2′ frame to shield the ball whilst beating players is fantastic. His dribbling success ratio really echoes this. If trained correctly, he could be an incredibly strong player in the art of bringing the ball out of the defense. Whilst his dribbling is excellent, he could become even more effective if he continues to receive good coaching.
Breaking up play
I’ve described Harper as a box-to-box player, but have so far only listed his attacking excellence. In this paragraph I’ll emphasize his sheer defensive prowess, and why he is a superb box-to-box prospect. One of his strengths defensively is the ability to intercept passes in dangerous areas. Let’s have a look below.
The young lad intercepting a key ball against Premier League opponents, a big test of his character.
With 3.15 interceptions per-game, he is very able to cut up opposition attacks and quickly counter-attack with his superb dribbling or passing. The image above shows his defensive intelligence. He steps in at the right time with West Brom overloaded centrally: good sense to have for such a young player.
In the transition into from defence into attack, Harper is absolutely fantastic as he has the combination of the ability to read the game, dribble past multiple players and knock the ball on to use his pace.
Harper winning the ball and then launching a counter-attack with his quick acceleration, physical strength and excellent dribbling.
Above is Harper dismantling an attack on his own goal, and then quickly beating the press with his quick feet to launch a counter-attack. This is something that made Moussa Dembele so individually excellent at Spurs, and why he was so highly rated.
Harper is showing the signs that indicate that he will be a similarly rare player. It isn’t hard to imagine a top Premier League club putting in a massive bid for him in two to three years’ time, as he possesses such unique and powerful ingredients that will make him an incredible midfielder.
Thanks for that comprehensive scouting report... Yeah you probably right. I did think of the contract ending but also considered the drawn out process of going to a tribunal to work out a compensation. So was clinging to the hope we were going the route of negotiating on good faith with his club VS knicking him on the cheap.
We'd likely still negotiate with the club, as there would be an unknown compensation fee and add ons, and I don't think Levy likes to operate on unknowns. Not if it can be avoided.
Ben Godfrey has just signed a new longterm contract at Norwich.Yeah I think he has what it takes too. Needs someone experienced alongside him to learn from but looks a future England player for me
I dont understand why WBA didn't play him more if he's meant to be so good.Looks very talented. Technique, pace, power and very good passer of the ball. And he's out of contract, so would cost very little in compensation. Here's a pretty comprehensive scouting report on him:
In the above article they also talk about Harper's defensive prowess and outstanding dribbling stats (83.3% success rate) and compare him to....Mousa Dembele: