After Jonathan Clauss a few weeks ago, OM is preparing to sign a new right back, in the person of Issa Kaboré. A different profile from the ex-Lensois, more spirited, but less disciplined.
He should soon join OM, on loan, to digitally replace Pol Lirola in the Marseille squad. At 21, Issa Kaboré is a great promise for the City team as a right back (or piston). Capped by Burkina Faso (27 caps), the player quickly immersed himself in the depths of football. In the Belgian D1 first, in Mechelen, then in Ligue 1 last season. He had his first selection with Burkina Faso on September 4, 2019, when he was just 18 years old.
During CAN 2022 he stands out among his peers and is one of the best Burkinabe: he even provides three assists during the competition. Loaned last season by Manchester City to Troyes, the cousin of Charles Kaboré, who also passed through OM, has experience in Ligue 1, so his adaptation time should be shortened. He arrives a priori as a double for Jonathan Clauss.
Attacking and aggressive winger
Like the old Lensois, it is a pure piston with the advantages and minor disadvantages of the profile. Namely, that he’s not always comfortable defensively.
A modern winger, Issa Kaboré, however, has an above-average technical level, which he knows how to take advantage of in his team’s offenses, systematically taking danger down his right flank. Very fast, he has a quite exceptional explosive capacity that allows him to almost always make the difference. Very comfortable in one on one, he compensates for his somewhat fragile physique with great aggressiveness, sometimes taking her to the limit.
In 31 Ligue 1 games last season, the Burkinabe side received 6 yellow cards and two red cards. He got his first red card on matchday two against Clermont. Very upset from the start of the game, he had nothing to do with the indications of Laurent Batlles who asked him to calm down. Several times to the limit, he ended up slipping and getting two yellow cards in 14 minutes, to leave his teammates 10 against 11 from 39.
He got his second red card, this time direct, on the last day against Lorient. This is Kaboré’s main room for improvement: he needs to be more disciplined and channel his energy. In this area, Igor Tudor could do him the greatest good.
More than a right back, Issa Kaboré is a right piston, less comfortable in a system of four behind. If his offensive qualities are undeniable, the Burkinabe international finds it more difficult to handle opposing attacks on his side, especially behind him, where he leaves a lot of space, that his speed is not always enough to cover. .
Not always solid in his support, he can let himself be overwhelmed, even if his athletic qualities make up for certain shortcomings. By gaining discipline, he has a lot of room for improvement defensively, to become a more complete full-back, able to shine in different systems.
What status in OM?
Committed in all competitions, OM must have a quantitative workforce, and the hiring of Issa Kaboré goes in this direction. Faster than Jonathan Clauss, Issa Kaboré does not have the foot quality of the French international, nor his regularity at a high level. Players offer two different piston profiles, one faster and one more accurate, which can greatly complement each other in a squad. Issa Kaboré could be very interesting coming late in the game against defensemen who are already physically forceful.
More than a substitute, Issa Kaboré is capable, with his qualities, of offering real competition to Jonathan Clauss, as long as he works on his weak points. One thing is for sure, Olympique de Marseille should present themselves for the 2022-2023 fiscal year with two high-quality right-hand pistons, which bodes well for a season that could be difficult.
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