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Cedric Soares: Scout Report

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Cedric Soares is a 28-year-old right-back who’s currently playing his trade at Southampton in the English Premier League. Soares is been linked with Arsenal as the Gunners are looking for a back-up for Hector Bellerin. 

In the current season, the Portuguese international has a combine of 4 interceptions and tackles per match in 20 appearances. While also making 2.8 clearances and 0.3 blocks. He has made 16 PL appearances while also representing Portugal in Confederation Cup.

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To give you a perspective of his stats, one of the better defensive full backs in PL, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, has a combined 5.9 tackles and interceptions per match. He has made an average of 1.8 clearances and 0.4 blocks in every match.

Coming to his offensive numbers, he’s somewhat on a similar level as that of the Manchester United full-back. Soares is making 0.7 key passes, 0.9 successful crosses and 1.4 successful long balls. While Wan-Bissaka is making 0.8 key passes, 0.3 successful crosses and 1 successful long balls per game.

Soares has good numbers for a full-back playing in a defensive team like Southampton. However, he does have a big flaw in his game, this season he’s only completing 69% of his passes. Which is unsatisfactory for a PL player. Players like Alexandre-Arnold and Wan-Bissaka have 76% and 80% pass completion rate respectively.

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  • Market Value: €10 million
  • Expected Fee: €4.5 million
  • Chances to join: Another late bloomer, though he makes a lot of sense, and Raul Sanllehi usually gets his man. He’s all green for a move to Arsenal
  • Expected to join: January

Soares only has 6 months left on his current contract hence could cost as less as €6 millions as reported in media. He will be back up to Bellerin and considering the Spaniard’s injury record, a back-up is required. And if he’s coming for peanuts with as much as PL experience as Soares, it makes a lot of sense.

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