After spending seven years at the Parc des Princes, the next stop of the Uruguay striker Cavani will be the Red Devils Manchester United. The 33-year-old striker has a brilliant resume. So what can his arrival bring to the Manchester United striker? This article is just a brief analysis of Cavani's athletic state.
Generally speaking, the tactical role of a forward striker is divided into two types, one is the fulcrum type, acting as a bridgehead in the penalty area to create space for teammates, and the other is the support type with a large range of activities. Cavani is more inclined to the latter in type, and his tactical role is also the reason why Tuchel chose him to start instead of Icardi in the Champions League against Dortmund.
It can be seen from the 2-0 victory over Dort in Paris (this game is also Cavani’s last official appearance). Although he is 33 years old, Cavani still has good physical fitness. He runs in the frontcourt. Movement and connection are essential, and can play a role in creating space for teammates. At the same time, Cavani’s cooperation with his teammates is also very tacit. When he was in Paris, he often completed beautiful pass-running cooperation with Neymar and Mbappe. It is also common to use his passes to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
After joining Manchester United, in Solskjaer’s frontcourt system, we can also expect Cavani, who has a large range of activities and excellent cohesive ability, to perform on the front line. His combination with Martial and Rashford is worthwhile look forward to.
As a world-class forward, Cavani has a wealth of experience in front of goal and his running ability is very good. The Uruguayan is not the kind of killer in the penalty area (such as Icardi) who can grasp every opportunity to score, but he can always run out of neutral. This can also explain why fans often see the news of Cavani spitting. However, the Uruguayan's goal rate during the peak period has been close to 1 goal per game.
At this stage, the 33-year-old Cavani may have a decline in scoring efficiency (this will be explained in detail below), but his running position is still the world's top, which also allows him to still find more in the game. Too many neutrals to complete the front blow.
In addition, not only the running position, Cavani's running ability is still quite outstanding. Although he is now a 33-year-old veteran, the Uruguayan still has plenty of physical fitness. Whether it is running in the frontcourt to find a chance to score, or appearing in his own half to complete the defense and tackles, it is Cavani. It can be done on the court.
Cavani's running ability and tactical effects are still world-class, but the 33-year-old does have a serious decline in his scoring ability. The data shows that Cavani can bring 1 goal for every 3 shots in the 2018-19 season. This efficiency can be said to be quite high. In that season, his league data was 21 games and 18 goals per goal. It took 93 minutes, and Cavani scored 1 goal for every 7 shots last season, 4 goals in 14 games (7 starts), and each goal took 151 minutes.
In the game, we can also see Cavani a bit weak in front of goal. In many league games last season, Cavani wasted a lot of scoring opportunities in front of goal. In the league, the Uruguayan scored 4 goals, but wasted 16 excellent opportunities. The increase in age caused Cavani's ability to adjust the connection in front of the goal decline, and his balance ability was already deviated, so he slipped and wasted opportunities in front of the goal many times, and even missed the goal. Although Cavani’s poor state last season has a greater relationship with injuries and mentality, it is also true that the Uruguayan was super efficient when he was not at his peak.
The author never doubted Cavani’s scoring ability at the peak. If he was 2-3 years younger, he would still be the top killer in the entire world football. However, from last season’s Ligue 1 league, Cavani’s shooting accuracy has declined. A lot, and it has a lot to do with the decline in physical condition with age. Therefore, it remains to be seen how much Cavani can play in scoring when it comes to the more intense competition in the Premier League. The author thinks that he should be able to maintain the efficiency of scoring 1 goal every 200 minutes, but it is difficult to be as efficient as in his prime.
Overall, Cavani is still a world-class center, his running ability is still the world's top, in addition, he can also create scoring opportunities for his teammates in the game. However, in scoring efficiency, the 33-year-old has seen a significant decline. Joining Manchester United, Cavani will be positioned as a rotation candidate for the center position, and we also look forward to the Uruguayan's remaining heat.