This scout report will contain tactical analysis on Ebube Duru’s attributes and his playing style. Left full-back currently plays for Lobi Stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Even though he is 21-year-old, the defender has already featured in the CAF Champions League in his career.

Player overview

Duru is 21-year-old attacking-minded full-back and that is the reason why he looks quality when plays as a wing-back.

His stamina and work rate allows him to cover the whole flank and to participate in both defensive and offensive duties. Duru is fast and his low centre of gravity helps him control the ball well and bypass opponents. Not only that he possesses impressive physical abilities he also moves well off the ball and makes smart decisions. His crossing is his top quality because he delivers outstanding crosses into the penalty area.

Attacking phase

As we already mentioned his deliveries into the penalty area are often followed with a chance for his teammate.

Even though Duru has a passing option between two defenders in front of him, he decides to cross because there is a lot of space between 6-yard-box and penalty spot from where his teammates can attack the cross. One of the reasons is his more offensive role in Lobi Stars formation this season where he has more freedom to join the attack and not exclusively tied to the left flank. Duru uses his more offensive role to get into chances. His physical qualities in pair with high football IQ allow him to be a step ahead of his marker, especially in transition.

The former Nigeria U23 international often uses his low centre of gravity to change direction in order to gain an advantage over his opponent in his off the ball movement.

The last thing we will mention about Duru’s offensive skill set is that he can create good situations with his passing and not only by crossing the ball.

Defensive phase

After analysing Duru’s offensive qualities we will now take a look into his defensive qualities. We already mentioned physical qualities and now we will see how he uses them defensively.

He is always focused on his player and his body position helps him adjust to any potential action his opposition takes. If opposition tries to bypass him down the flank he is positioned well to interject into his path, but also if the opposition tries to cut inside he has enough space to adjust his body to prevent him going towards the goal. His opponent plays pass towards his teammate and runs from the outside to try and receive the pass into the open space behind Duru.

Weaknesses

After mentioning Duru’s qualities we will now mention some weaknesses. Given his 179 cm height, he can be a liability when defending the far post. Teams who have higher wingers could exploit that. What could work on is decision making because sometimes he tends to shoot even when he has better options and also sometimes his attacking positioning can endanger his team because he is too far to prevent counter-attack.

Conclusion

This analysis gave us information on Ebube Duru’s capabilities. It is certain that current Lobi Stars tactical philosophy gets out the best from Duru in the attacking phase. He has high potential and still a lot of room to improve and given the shortage of quality left-footed full-backs in Nigeria he could be one of the leading players on that position in the years to come.

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