According to the Bild newspaper quoted by GFFN, Dortmund is paying attention to the defender Niakate, who plays for Mainz, as a potential replacement for Leicester City to sign Akanji. This article is just a brief introduction to Niakate.
Niakette was born on March 8, 1996. His parents are from Mali. As a central defender, he has played for Lille, Boulogne and Vasquears in his youth training. Steady foothold, and joined Metz in 2017. After playing for Metz for a year, Niakette joined the Bundesliga Mainz for 6 million euros and became the main candidate for Mainz. At the same time, he is an important member of the French U21 national team and participated in the European Youth Championship last summer.
According to the Bild newspaper quoted by GFFN, Niakette has received attention from Dortmund. Favre’s team hopes to introduce this young backcourt generalist to strengthen the team’s defense and regard him as Akanji. A potential replacement who may go to Leicester City. In addition, Rennes, Roma and Naples and many other teams are also very interested in Niakate. Currently, the 24-year-old Niakate is worth about 12 million euros.
Niakate, who is 190cm tall and weighs 80kg, can serve as center back and left back on the field. Although he is tall, he also has good speed. His advantage lies in a large range of control, a good sense of grabbing and replenishment ability, as well as interception and blocking effects in low defense, but his shortcomings are also more obvious, turning slowly, and grabbing skills are relatively general. In the game, it will also become the opponent's side against the blow.
As a defensive player who can switch between the two defensive positions, Niakette has undertaken a certain task of filling the team's left back. His sweep and control range are also good, and he can complete a certain defense in the left area. And coverage. In addition, Niakate's clearance and interception in the penalty area are still good. When defending in the low position in the game, his header and interception pass are both good.
It needs to be pointed out that Niakate is very keen on defending forward. He is an up-and-down type of central defender. With excellent physical confrontation, he has also taken on many tasks to restrict opponents, and has good results. But generally speaking, his stealing skills are average, sometimes a bit hastily under the foot, and sometimes too reckless in the grab. In addition, although the absolute speed is good, the tall Niakate turned slowly, so this is also a problem for him, and he is often targeted by opponents.
Although he can be a guest as a full-back, Niakhet’s passing stability is not very high. His long pass success rate is not high in the game, but it should be pointed out that Niakhet’s long pass is directly looking for vigorously. The forward is the main player, which also affected his passing data to a certain extent. In the long pass, Niakate still has an occasional masterpiece. Last season, the league made a direct long pass to find Kwaisen to help the latter score, which is impressive.
In general, the 24-year-old Niakate’s strengths are in clearance ability, confrontation ability and versatile attributes. What he needs to improve is his stealing skills and passing stability.