Scouting: Ezequiel Schelotto

Posted on 17/11/2010


Ezequiel Schelotto
Date of birth: May 23, 1989 
Club: Cesena (on loan from Atalanta)
Height: 1.87mWeight: 76kg
Nationality: Argentine/Italian
Position: WingerPhysical attributes… 

At just over six foot and blessed with a physique that sees opposition defenders bounce off him, Schelotto has all the basics to be a top midfielder. Primarily a right-footed winger, although very discreet with his left foot, his superb pace and acceleration means he is very difficult to catch up with once he passes his man. Unafraid to work hard, his attitude recalls the old-fashioned box-to-box midfielder and he is equally at home defending and tracking back when needed.

Technical attributes…
Schelotto is highly skillful for his age and his physical strength gives him the energy to zip up the right flank and cross with real accuracy. Good at shielding the ball, he also keeps close control while outpacing the opposition. He can play deep on the right and can and does change into an out and out right-winger routinely during a game, to confuse opponents. His style has been likened to former Juve midfielder and fellow Italo-Argentine Mauro Camoranesi and that is no mean comparison. Able to move into top gear over just one or two yards, former Azzurri Coach Marcello Lippi once said of him: “Potentially, he is the best young right-flank player that Italy have at the moment, maybe of any nation in the world.” 

Tactical attributes…
Schelotto’s pace is best suited to the right wing in Coach Massimo Ficcadenti’s 4-3-3, yet he can thrive in a 4-2-3-1 system, where his brilliance on the ball can really be highlighted. He has been used as a right-back on occasions too. One of his tricks is to stay out on the flank and draw his marker to him and, if this succeeds, he uses his speed to exploit the hole left by the defender for himself or one of his teammates to run into. Yet at times he relies too much on pace and although his skill is usually enough to get him out of tight spots, only experience will teach him not to get into trouble in the first place. He can also sometimes be guilty of holding on to the ball too long but all this will come with experience, as will a future with the full Italian national side after his Under-21 exploits.

Has grit and determination by the bucketful and has clear ideas about how to play his football. Simply put he goes out to win and nothing else seems to matter. Hard working and a bit precocious, he still appears to get on well with his teammates and seems very eager to learn. And although Ficcadenti says he has the potential to play for one of the big outfits, refreshingly the youngster says he intends to stay loyal to Cesena this term.

Market valuation…
Signed by Cesena in July 2008, he now totally belongs to Atalanta who bought 50 per cent stakes in him in 2009 and then 2010. The interest he’s attracting from various top clubs – Inter, Fiorentina and Juventus – means he may cost a little more than he is actually worth. Presently, he’s a €5-6m player.
Source: Football-Italia

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