Scout Report – Borja Baston
Country – Spain
Date of Birth – 25 Aug 1992 (23 Yrs)
Current Club – SD Eibar (On Loan from Atletico Madrid)
Position – Forward
Current Transfer Value – €4mill (Credit – TransferMarket)
Over the years, Atletico Madrid have been known to produce players of exceptional skill-sets. World Class strikers (Torres, Aguero, Falcao, Griezmann) have come through Vicente Calderon and made a name for themselves, and in Borja Baston, we could see another forward blossoming on the scene very soon.
Under the Argentinian coach, Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid has been taught to dominate Europe, not only via winning matches, but also via youth development. This is the reason why Premier League clubs have their spies in Spain.
Antoine Griezmann, Koke and other Atletic players have been a part of this successful experiment while Saul Niguez and Jan Oblak can be termed as the stars under making.
Borja Baston is another Atleti star, who has been enjoying a successful loan spell at SD Eibar this season. Having netted 16 La Liga goals thus far, one can estimate the vast amount of potential this 23-year-old bears. An appropriate loan spell might make him one of world’s best, if not so, at least, Madrid’s best.
Below, we present our scout report on Atletico Madrid’s next Golden Boy Borja Baston –
Borja Baston – A brief history
Born on 25th August, 1992, in Madrid, Spain, his footballing career kicked off as an Atletico Madrid (team B) man, contracted in the year of 2009, at the age of 17. Before that, he used to serve local clubs of his region.
Gradually, he was loaned out to Real Murcla in the 2011/12 season, SB Huesca in the 2012/13 season, Deportivo La Coruna in the 2013/14 season, Real Zaragoza is the 2014/15 season and finally, SD Eibar in the 2015/16 season.
He broke into the scene when he was enjoying a handsome loan spell at Real Zaragoza, where he netted 20 goals just 31 appearances. Not only the previous season was good for him, but also this season, he has netted 16 La Liga goals till date. As a youth, you can say, he was fully squeezed up by numerous clubs.
Besides, his achievements as a Spanish international are also tremendous. In 2009, when Spain finished at the third place in U-17 world cup, he was not only a prominent member of his team, but also won the golden shoe, something that cannot be achieved without hard work.
In the month of October, 2015, he earned the title of La Liga player of the month for the first time. All these certificates point only towards a single thing – he is a great player.
Scout Report on Borja Baston
Borja Baston – Style and strengths
Talking of his preferred position, he fits the best as a centre-forward, as he can gobble up chances in an instance. He is a natural when it comes to scoring goals.
This #18 has numerous affirmative points. Firstly, the final third. This boy can finish off deadly crosses and passes by aiming them at the bottom corner. Actually, he knows the place where no goalkeeper on earth can ever reach. When the ball comes to him, he keeps a cool mind, and finishes them off with much ease. This criterion makes him his teams’ set penalty taker too.
Secondly, Heading, Just like his ability of finishing is spot on, his art of heading is also impressive. He never thinks twice before heading the ball towards the goal, which makes him a threat from the set-pieces. Furthermore, his ability of jumping for the ball is also well-rated. In a nutshell, his attacking play is fascinating.
Defensively, he can be termed as an average player. His strength is somewhat to be looked after. Having a low centre of gravity, it becomes almost impossible to knock him off the ball. The tackles he makes in the upper part of the field, wins the game for his side. He never feels shy to get into a challenge.
Borja Baston – Weaknesses to be worked upon
Now, coming to the negativities. His passing and crossing is something that needs to be polished heavily. When you are playing for Spain, you will need to link up the play with small and quick passes (Yes, I am talking about tiki-taka), which Borja often fails to do. He often loses the ball due to terrible passes or crosses. The area where most of the Spaniards shine, he outshines.
If you are starting the game with him, keep in mind that you will have to substitute him later on. He loses his breath near the hour mark and cannot sprint any more, which heavily affects the attacking portion of the game and creates an inevitable pressure on the defenders. This in turn, affects his work-rate. You can never expect him to come and play in the lower part of the field. Whatever he does, does it within the midline.
Having stated that he is only 23, one can say, there is plenty of time left to be worked on these issues.
Borja Baston – What does the future hold?
After losing Jackson Martinez to a Chinese club, we can expect Borja to be a part of Atletico Madrid next season. If not the starting line up, then at least the bench. Having enjoyed two successful loan spells in a row, you can expect Simeone to put him into action.
If he continues to do, what he does regularly, European elites will come in aplenty to contract this youngster. One can visualize a bright future for Atletico’s next striking sensation.
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