UD Las Palmas – Match Report vs. Real Oviedo 08/07/20

Real Oviedo beat Las Palmas 2-1 at home in a game where the visitors dominated possession even though the home team got more shots on target. Las Palmas set up in a 4-4-2 formation with both wide midfielders moving inside in possession and attacking-minded full-backs. They relied on the creativity on Pedri but lacked quality in the tight spaces to make an impact. Real Oviedo kept narrow and compact and did well to win.

Ratings

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Pedri

  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Age: 17
  • Date of birth: 25/11/2002
  • Club: UD Las Palmas, will move to Barcelona
  • Career: UD Las Palmas (Y)
  • Position: left winger
  • Secondary position: attacking midfielder and right winger
  • Preferred foot: right

Pedri only played 69 minutes in the match against Real Oviedo and managed to get one assist, despite not making that much of an impression as he was quite quiet in the game and he was not able to combine with his teammates well, mostly because of the fact that some teammates were not able to play simple one-two’s. Pedri played as a right midfielder on paper, but in reality he mostly operated as a right central midfielder in this match and he was at best when operating in a central role, close to the oppositions box.

When Las Palmas were put under pressure, Pedri opened up a passing lane at the right moment which allowed the visitors to keep possession. The Spanish midfielder had good close control and was able to link up with his teammates in the tight spaces. However, as mentioned above, this did not always work out. Pedri is a very creative playmaker with good vision, but in this match his final pass was average despite him spotting his teammates run.

He was sloppy in his passing at times and he could have done better in general. Pedri occasionally showed glimpses of his dribbling ability as he managed to breeze past three opponents before playing a good pass forward. However, he did not show his qualities enough. He looked dominant on the ball and looked very comfortable with his ball on his feet in the final third.

Pedri is obviously not that tall, but he held his own very well in physical duels and was not reluctant to fulfill his defensive tasks.

Rating – A1

Not ready for the step to Barcelona yet but he has the potential to play there in the future. His playing style suits the club very well and he could become a good player for Barcelona in the future.

Fabio González

  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 12/02/1997
  • Club: UD Las Palmas
  • Career: UD Las Palmas (Y)
  • Position: central midfielder
  • Secondary position: defensive midfielder
  • Preferred foot: right

Fabio González only played 45 minutes in this match and did not really impress. He got a yellow card early on after he was too late in a defensive duel. Before he got the yellow card, he battled well in defence for the loose balls, but after his yellow card he seemed to cover air, despite intercepting the ball at once because he read the game well. However, in the most of the first half, he made sure to be in position but he did not do much other than that.

In possession, he showed that he is able to play out of pressure and handle quickly when he gets put under pressure. He was good in the tight spaces and showed some good technical ability, doing a la croqueta to get past an opponent.

Rating – B2

Overall, he could be a good player for Las Palmas but a step to LaLiga would be too big for now.

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