Eintracht Frankfurt have been somewhat raided this transfer window, with two of their formidable front three of Jovic, Haller, and Ante Rebic reduced to only Rebic now being at the club. Rebic is well known throughout Europe, in no small part thanks to his fantastic performances at the World Cup last Summer. So why has Rebic not been snapped up by anyone else this transfer window, despite numerous links away from the club? While Rebic is no doubt a quality player, there is one burning inconsistency in his game that lets him down regularly and is the reason I would suspect, that top clubs have not also taken Rebic from Frankfurt just yet, although there is still time. In this tactical analysis, I’ll look at his strengths, how he fits into Frankfurt’s tactics and also address that weakness in his game which if he was able to improve, would take him to the next level.
Rebić’s biggest strength comes in his dribbling and 1v1 ability. His 1v1 ability is benefitted by his excellent physical attributes, in that he is quick and strong, and can use his body to protect the ball and advance past opponents with it. As a result of these attributes, Rebić works best when given space to drive into and beat opponents in. We can see a few examples of this below.
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