In this series, brought to you by Just Football, we take a look at some of the most interesting talents in Scandinavian football, that’s ready to start the 2020 season after the COVID-19 crisis. Next up is Stabæk’s defensive midfielder Emil Bohinen.

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Emil Bohinen is the son of Lars Bohinen, the current Aalesund manager, ex Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers player. He has grown up in the Stabaek academy and was given chances in the 2017 & 2018 campaigns under the management of Toni Ordinas. And the Spaniard reaffirmed his trust in the youngster by making him a regular starter at the beginning of the 2019 season. This led to him being in the XI a huge 27 times out of 30, despite a change of manager halfway through. It was a year in which he broke out in a big way. Bohinen can play in any central midfield spot and has also filled in on the right-hand side if needed. But he now appears to have settled into an anchorman sort of defensive midfielder role where he’s proved to be very efficient.

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Emil Bohinen key stats (per 90 mins) in Eliteserien 2019.

 

Bohinen is a busy sort of player who regularly gets involved in the action. His total of 256 defensive duels was the third highest in the league. He also made 213 interceptions which were second-most of anyone. His interceptions are especially impressive, and he uses a combination of factors to be successful at them. Firstly, his actual mental awareness and positional skills are very good. He has that knack of being in the ‘right place at the right time’ but he also uses his physique, which developed massively last season to form the platform of some essential techniques. In particular, he is good at blocking balls and has a really good ‘stretching reach’ with his legs and great timing of when to use this ability. Bohinen is also good on the ball. He doesn’t lack confidence and skill when in possession. All things are pointing towards an extremely optimistic future and he’s definitely one to watch.

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Bohinen gets himself into some very good positions from which to make interceptions.
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An example of when he uses his excellent wide-stretching ability to cut out a play.

 

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