Despodov and his skills for Cagliari

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Analysis about Kiril Despodov (Cagliari Calcio) by Matteo Zizola for

Kiril Despodov is the latest signing of Cagliari Calcio after the January transfer market closed. Maran made his debut at San Siro when the game was already lost, but it was against Parma that the Bulgarian striker had his first real chance to show his worth.

Arriving from CSKA Sofia he’s already part of his country’s senior national team and he could be an important weapon for Maran in the relegation battle, especially now that the competition for the role of Pavoletti’s partner has been decimated by injuries and suspensions.

His entry into the field against Parma changed the game for the determination put in place and for the movement without the ball that put the opposing defense in difficulty.

In the half hour he had been available, Despodov gave positive signals for his attitude and ability to go into space vertically.

Despodov parte per inserirsi nello spazio
Il bulgaro nel lato sinistro dell’attacco del Cagliari

From the moment of his entry, his goal was always the same: to outburst the Cagliari’s playing with runs without the ball and a systematic aggression of the opposing side lines starting from the center and cutting on the outside

Uno dei tagli, da sinistra, di Despodov
Despodov prova a farsi sempre trovare in movimento

To this he added controlled aggression, looking for the technical gesture and technical tricks, but that gave vivacity to an attacking tactic too often based on the cross for Pavoletti rather than the played ball on the ground and tight combinations. The difference with Joao Pedro as Pavoletti’s partner appeared clear: while the Brazilian loves to move back to play the ball as number 10, as well as receiving the ball on his feet and not vertically, Despodov seems to prefer balls that enhance the race and that put him in a position to face opponents in speed, taking advantage of the combination of technique and athletic freshness:

Palla sull’esterno e Despodov si propone in verticale
Taglio centrale con palla in posizione da cross
Despodov al centro dell’area, da attaccante puro

Maran has therefore a new arrow to his bow for the Sunday game against Sampdoria: Despodov is ready to amaze.