If you missed the game against Barnet then this compilation of Emmanuel Frimpong is a must watch. And those who did watch the game will surely have enjoyed it enough to give it a second look.
There are many aspects to his play that we can appreciate. The initial moments of the video have some sideways and backward passes but that’s understandable given the nature of his role. Then we can see him press really high up, make runs down the left and right channels, and tracking back.
His tackling skills look really good and he seems to be one of those guys who isn’t afraid of “sticking his foot in”. The tackle at 2:05 or so is the one I referred to as breathtaking in the post match analysis.
I’m impressed with his physical presence and speed. Also by the fact that he looks comfortable on the pitch (Eastmond looked a little nervous last year although to be fair to him that was in some big games). The way he turns and controls the ball gives me a feeling that I’m watching a natural footballer.
I don’t like comparing youngsters to established stars but there are genuine shades of Michael Essien in Frimpong. The box-to-box midfielder is an abused term in my opinion but Frimpong has the talent and physical attributes required to develop as one.
Of course, we need to keep in mind that this was just a friendly against a weak team that is just beginning its preparations. The speed, strength, and skill level required at the Premier League level is far higher and to expect Frimpong to make the cut immediately would be highly unfair on the kid.
I’m just hoping he gets a lot more chances in pre-season and then gets a good loan spell at a club in the Premiership or higher levels of the Championship. For his part, Frimpong needs to understand that this is just the beginning and life will get tougher as he moves higher. He needs to maintain his desire, hard work, and focus on improving with each passing day. His time will surely come.