Det viser egentlig meget godt, hvor meget vi har til fælles med Salzburg, når vi mere el mindre blot forholder os til deres scouting. Selvfølgelig har vi selv kigget nærmere på ham, men værdierne i de spillere der købes er virkelig identiske.
Det er jo lige før, at det kan føles som om vi tager røven på nogle gode venner, når vi køber ham så billigt.
"It was an interesting project for him and he´s been here five years in what has been a very special story. What is very important for us is the mentality and character of the player. In fact, for us, it is more important than the talent so before we sign any player we gather a lot of information about how he is as a person.
"How is he away from football? How is he in training? How is he in the group environment and when he has to do things on his own. How does he deal when things get difficult for him? Everything told us we had to sign him."
Salzburg´s homework revealed Minamino to be a character who thrived in adversity and had an insatiable appetite for advancement.
Minamino is extremely popular with the dressing room and staff at Salzburg for his excellence on the pitch and his humility off it. In almost 200 appearances for the club, he has produced 64 goals and 44 assists, with 18 of those contributions coming in Europe.
Minamino is able to operate as a playmaker, as a progressive No 8, off either flank or as the focal point of the attack. To add to his versatility, he possesses an incredible engine and has hardly suffered injury in his career. His lengthiest sideline spell was an absence of 10 games in 2017 due to an intra-articular ligament issue.
So then, to summarise: he is a quick, skilful, robust player with a supreme workrate that can cover all attacking positions and is decisive in the final third, who stars in a high-pressing and aggressive side.
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