Comparisons of young players with Lionel Messi really need to stop. However, in this one unique case, the ability of Jeremie Boga to create goal scoring chances through dribbling is bettered only by the diminutive Barcelona forward.

Jeremie Boga: The Dribbling Monster

Scatter plot demonstrating the ability of all players in the top 5 European Leagues to dribble past players (height in graph), create chances from dribbles (width in graph) and the ability to carry the ball (dot size).

As with most scatter plots created with attacking metrics, Messi is on a whole other planet to everything else. However, we see Jeremie Boga trying to connect Messi to the other mere mortals.

It is also noticeable that other huge volume dribblers such as Wilf Zaha and Adama Traore don’t have the same impact as Boga with their actions.

Of course, the criticism levied on Zaha, Traore and other large volume dribblers is end product. For all their ability to carry the ball and beat people, are they actually having a tangible impact on the outcome of matches.

Jeremie Boga: Adding Goals to his Game

Breakdown of Jérémie Boga's attacking numbers from his last 5 seasons at Rennes, Granada, Chelsea and Sassuolo. Data as of Sun, 30 August 2020.

Yet we see after four seasons of zero to three goals, last season he registered eleven goals in Serie A from open play.

They key now will be consistency. At the age of twenty-three, this is often the age young attacking players establish themselves of starters and add end product to their games. Where they finally put together everything they have learned.

If Boga can put these sorts of numbers up at Sassuolo, and do so consistently, it won’t be long until he is at a Champions League side.

Jeremie Boga: What Next?

News broke in August that Chelsea had opted against activating his buy-back clause. However, they do have a sell-on clause to benefit from any future sale of the winger.

Boga has been strongly linked with a move to Napoli this summer. This resulted in the player’s brother, who also represents him, speaking about Napoli in a recent interview.

“We are aware of the admiration and praise from Gattuso and director Giuntoli,”

Jeremie is happy, it’s always pleasant to receive confirmation of esteem, especially when they come from world-famous professionals like Rino Gattuso or from a big club like Napoli.

He doesn’t know much about Naples yet, to tell the truth. But for what he heard about the people, what they told him, he thinks it could be like Marseille, the city where he was born and where we come from.

There are several points in common between the two cities. Jeremie knows well that we are dealing with a top team, a great club.

The fans are really passionate and very close to their colours. In short, they have all the ingredients to have fun when you play in Naples.”

– Daniel Boga, Jeremie’s brother and agent

Whether Napoli have the funds to pursue him after already spending over sixty million euros this summer on Victor Osimhen remains to be seen.

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